Gaultier & Serme head stellar EIC lineup

France’s Gregory Gaultier and Camille Serme (pictured winning their third successive titles together in Slovakia, 2015) will head a stellar line-up at this year’s AJ Bell ESF European Individual Closed Championships, to be staged at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham from the 24th to 27th August.

Nine-time champion Gaultier will be keen to avenge his shock defeat to Spain’s Borja Golan in last year’s final and will no doubt be wary of the challenge from the defending champion as well as that of former World No.1 James Willstrop, who will lead the charge of home-based players in the men’s draw.

Englishmen Declan James, Josh Masters, Patrick Rooney and Charlie Lee will all be keen to impress in a high-class field which will feature several leading players from around Europe, including Swiss No.1 Nicolas Mueller, German No.2 Raphael Kandra, Austrian No.1 Aqeel Rehman and Portugal No.1 Rui Soares.

Gaultier’s compatriot Serme will head the women’s draw, and can be relied upon to mount a tough-minded defence in pursuit of a record sixth title.

Since winning her fifth European individual title last September, the 28-year-old French favourite has enjoyed a sensational run of form on the PSA World Tour, winning the 2016 US Open, Cleveland Classic and prestigious Tournament of Champions title earlier this year as well as recently being crowned World Games Gold Medallist.

The World No.3 will be joined in Nottingham by compatriot Coline Aumard, with Emily Whitlock and Millie Tomlinson of England and Belgium sisters Nele and Tinne Gilis her likely main contenders.

 

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