World class squash descends on Cairo this week as the CIB PSA World Tour Finals 2020-2021 take place from Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 June with action LIVE on SquashTV, as well as broadcasters around the world and the PSA Facebook page (excluding Europe and Japan).
The usually-season-ending event takes place at the Mall of Arabia in Cairo for the third year in succession, having first being held there at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season.
Although this year’s event might not come at the end of the season, with the PSA World Championships, Manchester Open and Allam British Open all to come before the end of August, the format and the prize remain the same.
The uniqueness of the tournament sees the eight players in both men’s and women’s draws spilt into two groups according to seeding. There is one of each of the 1/2, 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 seeding brackets allocated into each group.
In the group stages, each player will play the other three members of their group over the four days of group stage action, with the top two from each group going through to the semi-finals.
The winners of Group A will face the runners-up of Group B, and vice versa, before the winners of those matches face off in the final, which will be best-of-five. The entirety of the group stages and the semi-finals will be played as best-of-three.
Group A in the men’s event is an all-Egyptian affair, with the quartet including both ElShorbagy brothers. World No.1 Ali Farag and rising star Mostafa Asal will also be aiming to make it out of the group. Group B features four different nationalities, in Egypt’s Tarek Momen, New Zealand’s Paul Coll, Welshman Joel Makin, and late call-up Gregoire Marche.
The women’s draw sees the top two in the world, in Nour El Sherbini and Nouran Gohar, in Group A together alongside compatriot Salma Hany and Frenchwoman Camille Serme. Like the men’s draw, Group B is also compiled of four different nations. Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy is joined by US No.1 Amanda Sobhy, England’s Sarah-Jane Perry and Kiwi Joelle King.
Coverage from the CIB PSA World Tour Finals begins at 19:00 (GMT+1) on Tuesday, June 22 when round one action begins.