Fallows and Elkalaawy get British Open chance

Fallows and Elkalaawy get British Open chance

Teenagers Richie Fallows and Nada Elkalaawy will compete in the qualifying competition for the Allam British Open at the University of Hull in May after winning their respective English Under-19 Championships last weekend.

Fallows, from Essex, sealed his place in the PSA competition starting on May 10 by winning a tough five-setter against George Parker, while Elkalaawy (Surrey) clinched her slot alongside the WSA professionals on May 11 with an impressive 3/0 victory over Lily Taylor.

Fallows commented: “I have grown up seeing all the greats win the British Open titles and you can see how much it means to them. It was quite emotional seeing Ramy [Ashour] and Laura [Massaro] win last year and to just be a part of the most prestigious tournament is great for me and I just hope to play well and hopefully one day win a title.”

Elkalaawy added: “It feels amazing to be able to have this opportunity to play among the best players in the world in the most prestigious tournament on the tour. I managed to get to the qualifying finals last year, so hopefully I can do better this year and try to make it to the main draw.”

The Egyptian-born 18-year-old, now ranked 87th in the world, beat Wales’ Tesni Evans 3/1 in the first round of qualifying, but then lost in straight games to Leeds-based Emma Beddoes. In contrast, it will be the 122nd-ranked Fallows’ debut in British Open qualifying.