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.