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Tour De Las Americas Villa la Angostura Patagonia Open 2023


$12,000 Men's Tour De Las Americas Villa la Angostura Patagonia Open 2023, Principal Court Patagonia Squash, Villa la Angostura, Argentina, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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Tour De Las Americas Villa la Angostura Patagonia Open 2023
Men's Draw
03 - 07 May
Villa la Angostura, Argentina, $12k

[4] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) v [7] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA)

[4] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt [1] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) 8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4
[7] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [3] Tom Walsh (ENG) 3-11, 11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9

[1] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) bt [6] Diego Gobbi (BRA) 11-7, 13-11, 11-5
[8] Edgar Ramirez (COL) bt [4] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 8-11, 12-10
[3] Tom Walsh (ENG) bt [5] Jeremías Azaña (ARG) 11-7, 10-12, 13-11, 11-7
[7] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [2] Yannik Omlor (GER) 11-9, 11-5, 13-11

2nd round:
[1] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) bt [9/16] Macéo Lévy (FRA) 6-11, 11-1, 11-6, 12-10
[6] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt [9/16] Jorge Gomez (MEX) 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7
[8] Edgar Ramirez (COL) bt [9/16] Felipe Tovar (COL) 11-6, 11-5, 11-7
[4] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt [9/16] Ricardo Toscano (GUA) 11-8, 11-1, 11-6
[3] Tom Walsh (ENG) bt [9/16] Pedro Mometto (BRA) 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9
[5] Jeremías Azaña (ARG) bt [9/16] Ondrej Vorlícek (CZE) 11-6, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6
[7] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bt [9/16] Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7
[2] Yannik Omlor (GER) bt [9/16] Segundo Portabales (ARG) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7
1st round:
[1] Spencer Lovejoy (USA) bye
[9/16] Macéo Lévy (FRA) bt Juan Barreyro (ARG) 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4
[9/16] Jorge Gomez (MEX) bt Diego Albistro (ARG) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6
[6] Diego Gobbi (BRA) bye
[8] Edgar Ramirez (COL) bye
[9/16] Felipe Tovar (COL) bt Francisco Obregón (ARG) 12-10, 11-6, 11-5
[9/16] Ricardo Toscano (GUA) bt Rodrigo Obregón (ARG) 11-9, 12-10, 11-8
[4] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bye
[3] Tom Walsh (ENG) bye
[9/16] Pedro Mometto (BRA) bt Federico Cioffi (ARG) 11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 11-5
[9/16] Ondrej Vorlícek (CZE) bt Guido Cannistraci (ARG) 11-3, 11-2, 11-6
[5] Jeremías Azaña (ARG) bye
[7] Toufik Mekhalfi (FRA) bye
[9/16] Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) bt Daniel Lomaglio (ARG) 11-5, 11-3, 11-4
[9/16] Segundo Portabales (ARG) bt Gustavo Lomaglio (ARG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-6
[2] Yannik Omlor (GER) bye
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Wilhelmi Downs Mekhalfi For Victory

Yannick Wilhelmi
Yannick Wilhelmi

Switzerland’s Yannick Wilhelmi took the spoils at the Villa la Angostura Patagonia Open this week, beating Frenchman Toufik Mekhalfi in the final.

The Challenger 10 level men’s competition was the first event of this year’s Tour de las Americas, which returned to the Tour for the first time since 2019.

Wilhelmi came into the competition as the No.4 seed, and after a first round bye, he started his campaign in Patagonia with a confident straight games victory over Guatemala’s Ricardo Toscano.

That was followed with back-to-back five-gamers. He had to survive a fightback from Colombia’s Edgar Ramirez Bautista in the quarter finals. Wilhelmi had gone two games up, but Bautista fought back to send the match to a decider. Wilhelmi regrouped, and eventually won it in five on a tie-break 12-10.

He then went the distance in his semi-final clash as well, against top seed Spencer Lovejoy. The Swiss No.3 fell behind twice, but fought back on both occasions, and then went on to take the win in the fifth game 11-4 to book his spot in the final.

The final saw Wilhelmi take on another European, in France’s Toufik Mekhalfi. It was the fourth meeting between the pair on Tour, with the other three all coming in 2022. The Swiss man had the 2-1 advantage coming into the contest, and he comfortably extended that, dropping just 14 points in a straight games victory.

With the win at the Tour de las Americas Villa la Angostura Patagonia Open, Wilhelmi ends his drought of 15 months without a victory. It is his third on Tour to date, and the biggest win of his career so far.

The Tour de las Americas returns to the calendar this week, with the Villa la Angostura Patagonia Open being the first of seven events.

2019 was the last time the Challenger Tour saw the Tour de las Americas, and this year’s Tour will feature competitions in there nations. Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay will all play host to the Tour this month.

The opening event will be the Villa la Angostura Patagonia Open, which will take place in Argentina. The Principal Court Patagonia Squash will play host to the Challenger 10 level men’s competition, which will be played from Wednesday, May 3 to Sunday, May 7.

The tournament has been held twice before, in 2017 and 2018. Home favourite Robertino Pezzota, the former World No.73 won both of those titles. Jeremias Azana will be the leading Argentinian this week, as the No.5 seed for the competition.

American Spencer Lovejoy will be the tournament’s top seed, in a draw which features eight different nationalities across the top eight seeds. German Yannik Omlor, England’s Tom Walsh, Swiss No.3 Yannick Wilhelmi, Brazilian No.1 Diego Gobbi, France’s Toufik Mekhalfi and Colombia’s Edgar Ramirez Bautista will all be seeded.

Meanwhile, Azana will be one of ten Argentinians featuring on home soil. Segundo Portabales, Federico Cioffi, Daniel and Gustavo Lomaglio, Guido Cannistraci, Juan Segundo Barreiro, Rodrigo and Francisco Obregon, and Diego Albistro will all be in action.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

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