Chennai: India`s Anaka Alankamony, the current Asian junior champion and Mahesh Mangaonkar, who finished sixth in the recent World junior championship, have been given top billing in the third Indian Junior Open Squash Tournament.
A total of 295 players have confirmed participation in the tournament.
Alankamony and Mangaonkar will feature in the girls and boys under 19 categories respectively. The five-day event offers a purse of USD 10,000.
Besides India, the field includes players from Hong Kong (17), Malaysia (4), Sri Lanka (16), Jordan (4), Nepal (4) and USA (1).
This tournament is an Asian Squash Federation Junior Super Series Silver event and part of the World Squash Federation Junior circuit, organised by the Squash Rackets Federation of India and the Tamil Nadu Squash Rackets Association.
Participants (Under-19 category only) will receive WSF points and ASF ranking points (all categories). There will be 10 age categories ?Boys and Girls under 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19.
International players include Boys Under-17 Asian Junior champion Ahmad Alsaraj from Jordan and his brother Mohd Alsaraj, runner up at the Asian Junior championship and top seed in the boys U-13 section.
Hong Kong players Chan Ho Ching (Girls U-15), Ho Tze Lok (Girls U-17), Ho Ka Po (Girls U-19) and Yuen Tsun Hei (Boys U-15) are all title contenders.