02-May, Qualifying Finals
 Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) 3-1  Alan Clyne
9/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/4 (69m)
 Gregoire Marche (Fra) 3-2 Raphael Kandra (Ger)
9/11, 6/11, 11/3, 11/2 (74m)
 Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 3-2 Ivan Yuen (Mas)
9/11, 11/5, 2/11, 11/5 (65m)
 Zahed Mohamed (Egy) 3-1 Olli Tuominen (Fin)
7/11, 11/4 (36m)
Qualifying for the 2017
Grasshopper Cup concluded with French duo Mathieu Castagnet
and Gregoire Marche and Egyptian pair Omar Abdel Meguid
and Zahed Mohamed - the top four qualifying seeds - booking
their places in the $100k main draw.
came from a game down to beat Scotland's Alan Clyne.
"Always tough with Clyney.. such a steely competitor.
Although it's not obvious with Alan, I felt him tire a bit in
3rd - not in his movement, more in his positioning on some
certain pressure situations I was building. Told myself to stay
on it all the way in 4th cause you know he's never going away.
"Very happy to be in the main draw again in Zurich."
came through a five-setter with yesterday's giant-killer Raphael
"Difficult to beat Raphi on such a dead court at front. So I
really tried to get some weight on my deep balls & push him
"At 2-1 down I saw myself leaving Zurich so I just went back to
'basics' - work hard & be more patient than him."
also needed five games to get past Ivan Yuen, who like Kandra
had a great result yesterday.
"It was a patchy match, an unforced error cost me the second.
He outplayed me in the fourth and in the fifth I just tried to
make it long. A little scrappy but Happy to have booked my spot
in main draw."
Mohamed completed the top seeds' wins as he beat Finnish veteran
Olli Tuominen in four games.
appearance for me at GC Cup. In the first two games I felt good
on there, but Olli played well in the third & found some nice
"I was able to regain control in the fourth - and I knew if I
extended the rallies he would feel the effects of 7 matches in 7
I'm really looking forward to playing Nick in such a great
venue, I'm going to enjoy it and I hope the spectators in Zurich
will enjoy the match also."
01-May, Qualifying Round One
Qualifying for the 2017 Grasshopper
Cup got under way today at the Vitis Club in Zurich, with many
of the players getting back into action just a couple of days
after playing in the European Teams in Helsinki.
 Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) 3-0 Lucas Serme (Fra)
13/11, 11/9, 11/3 (48m)
 Alan Clyne (Sco) 3-0 Patrick Miescher (Sui)
11/4, 11/4, 11/6 (27m)
Raphael Kandra (Ger) 3-1  Mazen Hesham (Egy)
11/8, 5/11, 11/7, 11/1 (50m)
 Gregoire Marche (Fra) 3-0 Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
11/9, 11/7, 11/4 (46m)
 Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 3-0 Luca Wilhelmi (Sui)
11/5, 11/8, 11/6 (26m)
Ivan Yuen (Mas) 3-1  Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
11/4, 14/16, 11/1, 11/7 (50m)
Olli Tuominen (Fin) 3-1  Tom Richards (Eng)
12/14, 12/10, 11/5, 11/3 (45m)
 Zahed Mohamed (Egy) w/o Joe Lee (Eng)
w/o Joe withdrew
Castagnet, fresh from helping France reclaim the men's
European Team title, beat compatriot Lucas Serne in three games.
"The first two games critical cause I pulled back from 7-10
in first and 6-9 in 2nd. So unlucky for him but I knew the
importance to keep pushing all the way at business end of those
Alan Clyne, also just back from the EuroTeams in
Helsinki, despatched local Patrick Miescher in three.
"Happy with my performance straight after Euro Teams. ETC is
a huge event for Scotland so it's first time Ive had to back up
so soon afterwards. I've had plenty of big battles with Mathieu,
so looking forward to another one tomorrow."
first upset came as Germany's Raphael Kandra (just back
from .....) beat seeded Egyptian Mazen Hesham.
"Last week I felt I played with improved consistency, and I'm
feeling more comfortable and believing I can beat players of
"He surprised me early in first but I turned it around really
well. I pushed myself to pick up his short balls and give it
back with interest.
"This was the key along with staying strong mentally."
Kandra will play Gregoire Marche in the qualifying
finals, after the Frenchman beat local Dimitri Steinmann.
"I really had to work him to win that one. After a big win on
Saturday with the French team it's not an easy thing to
back-up, even more so against such a young, hungry player like
"So pleasing to solve the first game and it was a good to have a
really solid match today before the finals."
local fell as Egypt's Omar Abdel Meguid beat Luca
Wilhelmi in straight games.
"That was a good first round, because the court is a little
tricky, you need to adjust to the blue floor.
"Luca played well but I was able to dominate the T area and keep
him movin more than me."
In the all-Malaysian match Ivan Yuen upset Nafiizwan
Adnan (both just back from the Asian Champs in Chennai) in four
"I lost a close match last week to Adnan, and we train
together a lot.
"I knew he only arrived this morning so I really pushed hard
from the start and just made sure that I stayed consistent.
"Although I lost the second it took a lot out of him, so I'm
happy to be through and playin Meguid."
final match of the day saw another upsset as Finnish veteran
Olli Tuominen ousted second seed Tom Richards in four games.
"I'm ecstatic to win, especially after such a hard week at
the EuroTeams, and I'm not exactly a 'junior' any more!
"The first two were really tough, so I nbeeded one of those.
Then in the third and fourth he slowed a fraction which gave me
a bit more time to control the game, and I think I managed it
Tuominen now plays Zahed Mohamed, who received a bye
when Joe Lee was forced to withdraw.
Egyptians arrive in Vitis
Miescher & Clyne
Marche & Steinmann