In an attempt to streamline the sport, the Professional Squash Association (PSA) has introduced a new-look structure that will have two circuits — PSA World Circuit and PSA Challenger Tour, which will come into effect this season.

A statement from PSA said: “…the qualification rounds will be scrapped and a series of new tournament tiers will be introduced across both circuits.”

It will be tough for juniors used to playing in qualifying events in big tournaments.

For Marwan Tarek of Egypt, the top seed in the boys section of the world juniors here, it will be a bit complicated.

“I am not sure. After I finish my under-graduation from Harvard University, it will be hard for me to play catch-up. Obviously, I will play in PSA tournaments, but not as many if I hadn’t gone to Harvard. It is not a big advantage and I have to adapt and choose tournaments wisely,” Tarek said.

Another Egyptian Rowan Reda Araby, the girls’ top seed, felt the new rule may not be good for many junior players. “I am now women’s world No. 31. There are a lot of tournaments I can’t play as there is no qualification. As the draw is just 24, it will be really hard to get in. Earlier I could have entered into big tournaments. Now, it’s just the main draw. I have to play small tournaments and do well.”

However, Egypt coach Haitham Ashoush welcomed the move. “The tournament will be held at a single venue and the treatment will be the same for all. I accept the concept per se. Let’s see how it works.”

Elise Ng, the Hong Kong coach, said it will be difficult for lower-ranked players. “We will have to wait and watch, though, ” she said.

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