Edition 2016


Angus Gillams bat Carlos Cornes Ribadas 3/1 : 9/11, 12/10, 11/7, 11/7



Merci à France 3 régional pour ce beau reportage

JT 19/20 Pays de la Loire et Bretagne, 5 juin 2016, à la 10ème minute et 30 secondes


5 juin : Articles de presse OUEST FRANCE , COURRIER DE L’OUEST

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4 juin : Article du Courrier de l’Ouest


3 juin : Résultats des demi-finales :

Carlos Cornes Ribadas bat Fabien Verseille 10/12, 11/8, 7/11, 11/3, 11/8 (89 minutes)
Angus Gillams bat Vincent Droesbeke : 11/8, 11/5, 8/11, 11/2  (48 minutes)
FINALE SAMEDI 4 JUIN 19H30 : Angus Gillams vs Carlos Cornes Ribadas

ITV Vincent Droesbeke : https://youtu.be/WcbMYN66zHo

ITV Gillmans : https://youtu.be/bvQBU2dZeNg

3 juin : Article Ouest France 27399432466_885a9a43a7_z


2 juin Résultats des 1/4 de finale

Carlos Cornes Ribadas bat Yann Perrin 11/8, 11/8, 14/12
Vincent Droesbeke bat Baptiste Masotti 11/4, 12/10, 8/11, 13/11
Angus Gillams bat Auguste Dussourd 11/8, 11/4, 8/11, 11/4
Fabien Verseille bat Robert Downer WO

ITV Angus Gillams : https://youtu.be/bZPHWahQla0
ITV Carlos Cornes Ribadas : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKS6NlplBAA
ITV Vincent Droesbeke : https://youtu.be/GJ7PnJ3yB64
ITV Fabien Verseille : https://youtu.be/sLjbhpCK95A
ITV Yann Perrin : https://youtu.be/TTWuenfMY9o

Photos de la journée : https://flic.kr/s/aHskBxanEZ

Le « coup du jour » : https://youtu.be/YNDUO6C_vrA

2 juin Article Ouest France

 1er juin Résultats des 1/8ème de finale

Angus Gilams bt Dani Pascual   11/4, 11/5, 10/12, 11/1
Auguste Dussourd bt Enzo Corigliano 8/11, 11/7, 10/12, 11/7, 11/7
Robert Downer bt Victor Crouin 11/9, 11/9, 3/11, 11/8
Yann Perrin bt Jaakko Vahamaa 11/5, 11/6, 11/1
Carlos Cornes Ribadas bt Roee Avrah Avraham 11/8, 6/11, 11/6, 11/5
Fabien Verseille bt Benjamin Aubert 9/11, 8/11, 11/9, 11/8, 11/6
Vincent Droesbeke bt Christophe Andre 11/13, 11/7, 11/9, 7/3 abandon
Baptiste Masotti bt Robert Dadds 8/11, 2/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/6

Photos de la 2ème journée : https://flic.kr/s/aHskAdbTZ1

ITV Angus Gilams : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGNTLU8nvB4
ITV Ribadas : https://youtu.be/20iPBXXGv50
ITV Yann Perin : https://youtu.be/H_8_yB6-wp0
ITV Fabien verseille : https://youtu.be/ZRw4pn3trxo
ITV Droesbeke : https://youtu.be/1nTreM2qC6U

1er juin L’info du tournoi sur le site de la FFSquash


1er juin L’info du tournoi sur le site de la PSA

1er juin Les articles du jour LE PREMIER et LE DEUXIEME


31 mai Superbe reportage d’ANGERS TV sur l’Open International

et en particulier sur l’étoile montante du squash français : Victor Crouin

CLIQUEZ ICI  A partir de la 4ème minute

TV angers : Victor

 31 mai C’est parti pour les articles de presse !! LE PREMIER ICI , LE DEUXIEME ICI

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31 mai Résultats du deuxième tour des qualifications :

Victor CROUIN bat James PEACH 3-1, 4/11, 16/14, 11/6, 14/12

Yann PERRIN bat Sam ELLIS 2-0, 11/3, 11/7, abandon sur blessure

Vincent DROESBEKE bat Joeri HAPERS 3-0, 13/11, 11/7, 12/10

Fabien VERSEILLE bat Aitor ZUNZUNEGUI , 3/0

31 mai Photos du premier et deuxième tour des qualifications CLIQUEZ ICI

31 mai Résultats du premier tour des qualifications :

Yann Perrin bat Tiago Goriely 3/0 : 11/6 – 11/6 – 11/6

James Peach bat Nicolas Barbeau 3/0 : 11/1 – 11/3 – 11/5

Fabien verseille bat Roshan Bharos  3/1 ; 12/10 – 11/8 – 8/11 – 11/7

Vincent Droesbeke bat Johan Bouquet 3/0 : 10/12 – 9/11 – 8/11

31 mai Premiers matchs des qualifications et premières frustrations CLIQUEZ ICI

30 mai J-1 !! Voici un petit portrait de Victor Crouin, N°10 français à 16 ans, qui a été le premier a fouler le parquet du court central ce matin CLIQUEZ ICI

28 mai La vidéo des rénovations du club ICI

27 mai LES POLOS OFFICIELS !! Notre partenaire SALMING SQUASH vous proposera pendant toute la semaine du tournoi les polos officiels de la compétition.
Vous pouvez réserver le votre dés maintenant car les quantités sont limitées !!



 23 mai : L’info du PSA sur le site de la ville d’Angers : Agenda sports de la ville d’Angers

PSA_M5_RGB_webLes infos du PSA d’Angers


Un montant global de 5 000 $ = PSA Challenger 5


Tableau principal :

16 joueurs

dont 1 WILD CARD joueur à définir

avec 8 têtes de série


Sur 5 jours 

Mardi 31 mai 2016

1er tour des qualifications sur 2 courts

match 1 et 2 : 10H00
Match 3 et 4 : 11H00
Match 4 et 5 : 12H00
Match 6 et 8 : 13H00
2ème tour des qualifications
4 matchs sur 1 court à partir de 18H00
Match 1: 18.00
Match 2: 19.00
Match 3: 20.00
Match 4: 21.00

Mercredi 1er juin 2016

1er tour : 8 matchs sur 1 court à partir de 12H00

Court central

Match 1: 13.00

Match 2: 14.00

Match 3: 15.00

Match 4: 16.00

Match 5: 17.00

Match 6: 18.00

Match 7: 19.00

Match 8: 20.00

Jeudi 2 juin 2016  

1/4 de finale tableau principal : 4 matchs sur le court central

Court central

Match 1: 18:00

Match 2: 19:00

Match 3: 20:00

Match 4: 21:00

Vendredi 3 juin 2016

Demi-finale du tableau principal :

2 matchs le court central

à partir de 19H00

Samedi 4 juin 2016

FINALE à 19H30

Sur réservation uniquement !

La finale sera suivie d’un buffet dinatoire au club en présence

des joueurs, sponsors et organisateurs.


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From the 31st of May to the 4th of June, the Squash du Lac du Maine will host the third Open International d’Angers, now a well established event in the French Squash calendar as well as in the city. With seven players in the world top 150 and also a strong French contingent (twelve representatives including five members of the national top 10!), the public will discover – or rediscover – squash at the highest level. This tournament is also the story of a group of aficionados, thanks to which a dormant association was given life again.


For a club, hosting a big tournament is usually the outcome of several years of work. Things were done differently in Angers, and the Open International gave a new life to a dormant association. “The first tournament in 2014 was a challenge for our group of squash enthusiasts, says president Éric Desgages. Nicolas Barbeau (tournament director and joint manager of the Squash du Lac du Maine) of course but also Fabrice Girardeau who was president of the association at the time. We started with a $5,000 prize money, which we raised thanks to a few sponsors. Finding partners to balance a budget is the main task when you organise such a tournament.




After the success of the first tournament, the organizers decided to move up a gear. “We doubled the prize money in 2015, and obviously the quality of the players was higher. But meanwhile the association set up other projects. For example we now have two teams in the Men’s regional championship (the first team won its group in Régionale 2) and we’ve organized numerous events: several one day tournaments as well an in-house championship for beginners two Fridays per month. So we decided to get back to the original prize money in 2016. We have a new main sponsor, Garage Deletre. His representative (Florent Baril) is a member of the club and a big squash fan.” Nevertheless, the crowd will be treated with some high level squash, and will be able to cheer for a lot of French players. “Although we have about fifty players who take part in competitions, we are mostly a leisure-oriented club, with about 800 members,” says Desgages. Nicolas Barbeau adds that “to be able to offer them such an entertainment is always a special moment in the year.” Besides, Desgages says that “the professional players are mostly young and very accessible people. There is a meaningful interaction between them and the club members.



Les tribunes

Les tribunes

“Professional players are very accessible and there is a meaningful interaction between them and the club members.” 


What about the impact on the local media and authorities? “It could be better, but let’s not forget that squash remains a low-profile sport, says Desgages. We’ve had a very good coverage in the local press, thanks to our good relationships with a few journalists, and there have been several TV reports about the tournament. As far as the City council is concerned, maybe they could do a little more but perhaps it’s also our job to go towards them. And we’re happy that the Sports Deputy Roselyne Bienvenu wrote a nice column this year.


Noticeably several players don’t hesitate to come back to Angers (“We do everything we can to make them feel welcome. And for the crowd it’s good to see some players they’ve discovered in the previous years.”). Starting with Spain’s Carlos Cornes, semi-finalist in 2015 and seed number 2 this year. “It’s hard to choose because there are so many, but his match against his compatriot Alex Garbi last year probably is the most memorable moment for me so far. They had both left absolutely everything they had on court and the crowd was on fire. Only sport can produce this kind of emotions.


Cornes - Garbi

Cornes – Garbi




Twenty-eight players, from 16 to 38 years old, ranked between 78 and 397 in the world and coming from 7 different countries. The number 1 seed is an Englishman but France is expectedly the most represented country with twelve players in the draw! Here is a quick overview of the main contenders.


The number 1 seed: Angus Gillams


Angus Gillams was a late starter (“I played once a week between 10 and 15 years old then I started to train almost every day.”) but he had a brilliant career in the U19 category: British Champion, European #1, runner up of the European Individual Championships and European Team Champion. Now based in North London (“I train mostly with Adrian Waller and Joe Green and my coach is Peter Barker.”), the Doncaster-born player has good memories of France. In 2014, he won the French Junior Open in Lille and in early 2015 he reached his first PSA finals in Nimes (he was unable to play because of illness). He lost four others finals between April and August, before breaking the curse in the Madison Open in November. That was a real breakthrough for the left-hander, who burst into the top 100 at the end of 2015 and won two more tournaments in 2016. His first $10,000 title was also in Madison again, where he beat a top 50 player for the first time (Karim Ali Fathi). “My aim was to be in the top 100 after my first year on the tour (he is currently 78th), so I was glad to achieve that goal. One of my harder aims for this year was to win/get to the final of a $10,000, so to do that early on in the year, I was happy with this achievement.” When asked whether he’ll be looking at clinching a fourth title in Angers, he immediately answers: “To be honest I haven’t even looked at the draw yet, every match is going to be tough, just the way I like!



Angus Gillams

Angus Gillams

“I am very happy to have made the top 100 for my first year on the tour.” 


No doubt that the young Englishman has a bright future ahead of him, but meanwhile one of his greatest memories remains the exhibition match he played against Ramy Ashour, in honour of Harry Faulkner (young English player who died of a heart attack during a league match in 2013). “It was an incredible experience. I went to school with Mohamed El Shorbagy so I have been on court with him, and to be able to compare them both is a real advantage for me. Not many people as young as me have experienced that. RAMY IS INCREDIBLE. His racket skills are crazy good.
Regarding Harry, I’d played sports against him since I was about 9 or 10: cricket, rugby, football etc. We were very close friends, and it motivates me everyday to train hard just like he did and achieve my goals for him.



Gillams Ashour

Gillams Ashour

The underdogs: Carlos Cornes and Robert Downer


There are obviously a few French players amongst the underdogs, especially Christophe André and Baptiste Masotti (see below A strong French contingent). But also two players who fired up the Squash du Lac du Maine’s crowd last year: Spain’s Carlos Cornes and England’s Robert Downer. The man from Galicia made such an impression on the organizers that they decided to put him on the 2016 tournament‘s poster! He’s just clinched his first PSA title in Lorient, at the age of 27 years old. Like Éric Desgages, Nicolas Barbeau instantly pins the match between Cornes and Garbi as one of the greatest moments of the tournament’s young history. “It’d been several years since I hadn’t refereed such a tense match. I had to use all my experience to control both players. But it ended up being incredibly entertaining and some of the rallies were simply magnificent.” Check out Cornes’s interview at the end of the article.

As far as he is concerned, Downer remembers the tournament in Angers last year as “a defining moment in (his) career. I think it’s really important to revisit places which have a positive impression on you (often where good results have taken place). I still have some study preparations going on, but I have made some time especially to play the PSA tournament in Angers!” Twelve months ago, #120 in the world had credited his success to a recent change of coach, after over ten years working with Tim Vail (« He gave me a very good base» he says). So Robert, what’s been happening since then? “I’ve now been working with Jonathan Kemp for exactly one year. He has made a huge impression on me and I am excited about the journey ahead working on my game with him, with the aim of being the best that I can possibly be. With regards to my squash of course plenty of changes, trying to improve all aspects that I can. Most of all I have relaxed a lot and enjoyed playing more than ever!


Robert Downer

Robert Downer


“I have made some time especially to play the PSA tournament in Angers.” 


As mentioned above, one of Robert Downer’s distinctive features is that he’s been both a professional squash player and student (in Sports Psychology). “What’s an adventure it’s been! I am finally within reach of getting back on track with where I want to be and take my squash forwards with me. Combining the two has been very periodic for me, sometimes I could train a lot and sometimes not at all, it has been a difficult but a worthwhile journey and it has made me hungry towards my squash. Anyway I have one exam in the middle of July and that’s my work done at long last. Graduation for me will be at the end of October just before the World Open which should be a great moment in the season!


Despite this busy schedule, Rob has always found the time to travel the world to play tournaments (he’s in Hong Kong at the moment). “What are my top 3 destinations? Most certainly Cape Town, Brazil and Canada. Cape Town is the most beautiful. Brazil, they know how to make any sport event unreal for atmosphere. And Canada is very comfy and full of friendly faces. And yeah, I secretly have a soft spot for France. I’ve been playing for Gravenchon in French League for a couple of years now. Patrice (Drieu, the club’s president) and the group of guys in the team have become very good friends of mine, very supportive and accommodating. Any weekend spent with them is a delight when the season is so long. We play in one of the lower leagues so I have not been pushed so hard in the matches, but still I often put on a show for them and they seem to really enjoy that.


Downer au Cap

Downer au Cap


Meet … Carlos Cornes


As mentioned above, Spaniard Carlos Cornes had fired up the Squash du Lac du Maine’s crowd in 2015. He’s back this year, just after having won his first title on the tour, at 27 years old! Find out more about a player who’s had a peculiar career.


Jérôme Elhaïk: Hi Carlos. Can you give me a brief overview of your squash career, what age you started, you major titles in juniors/seniors etc.? You only started to really play in PSA in 2012, am I right?


Carlos Cornes: I started to play squash when I was very young, about 2 years old. I played as a junior until I was 14 and then shifted to tennis. I came back to squash when I was 18 and since then I have achieved very good things: I’ve been national junior champion, runner-up in the national championships, I’ve represented Spain in seven World and European Championships, and I now have a PSA title. So I am happy with that. As I told you, I played tennis for 5 years and didn’t touch a squash racket during that time. So when I came back at 18, I had to train hard to come back in good shape and that took me 5 years. That’s why I only started to play on the tour in 2012.

Cornes à Lorient

Cornes à Lorient


J.E.: You do some coaching in Spain, how do you organize your time between that and your training?


  1. C: I mostly do some coaching when I have no tournament planned. My dad runs a squash club in Santiago, so it’s good for them that I can do a bit of coaching and teach the kids. And it’s also good for me because I can get a bit of money for my travelling!J.E.: Can you tell us about squash in Spain, undoubtedly a rising force in Europe? What do you think about the new generation of players coming up in Barcelona?


  1. C: Squash in Spain is growing up again. We were doing good in the late 80s and the early 90s, but then the federation had some financially issues. Now we are back on track, and thanks to some people like Borja, we are getting the results back, so it’s great to be part of that. It’s amazing what’s happening in Barcelona, the kids all train together and it’s good for them, because they push each other a lot. They are doing things really well, but it’s still a long way to go for all of us…



J.E.: Apparently your match against Alex Garbi last year was probably the biggest moment of the first two tournaments, and the crowd was very enthusiastic. What memories do you have from this match and the tournament in general (good ones I suppose since you are coming back)?


  1. C: We had a great match last year, as always against Alex. To be honest I don’t remember much of it, I’ve been playing so many tournaments since then. But what I do remember is that I love the people in Angers. It’s a great crowd, they understand squash and they’ve always pushed me to play my best. I’m looking forward to the tournament, and I hope they can push me to get a good result. I’ll see you all in few days!


A strong French contingent


Angers will undoubtedly host the most French international tournament of the season: no less than twelve representatives of the home country will be treading the courts of the Squash du Lac du Maine at the beginning of June. French hopes will notably rest on Christophe André and Baptiste Masotti, teammates in the club of Jeu de Paume. The man from La Réunion clinched four PSA titles this season, and has shown his ability to beat players inside the top 100. The Niort-born player won his first tournament in February and has continued to go up in the rankings (he was 135th at the beginning of May). There are questions about his fitness though, since he’s been forced to retire because of an ankle injury at the IG Open de Paris a few days ago. André and Masotti could face each other in the quarters before the winner clashes with favourite Angus Gillams in the semis.




This tournament is a clear opportunity for young French players to shine on home soil. Victor Crouin and Benjamin Aubert both recently reached a semi-final of a PSA tournament for the first time. La Réunion’s Sébastien Bonmalais, also a member of the Pôle espoirs in Aix, has less experience on the tour but is very promising. Let’s not forget the members of the Pôle France in Créteil: Auguste Dussourd, Enzo Corigliano and Adrien Grondin. The first two will clash in the first round. Yann Perrin, Johan Bouquet and Fabien Verseille, in their early thirties and retired from the tour, were granted a local player sport in the qualifications and will seek to assess their current level against the younger generations. 24 year-old Vincent Droesbeke has been playing in PSA for a few months now. He will try to carry on his form after some positive results.



Crouin Dussourd

Crouin Dussourd


Article written by Jérôme Elhaïk


Tournament history






To find out more about the players


Carlos Cornes



Robert Downer







Benjamin Aubert



Enzo Corigliano



Dani Pascual



Victor Crouin



Joeri Hapers



Sam Ellis



Vincent Droesbeke



Johan Bouquet