Team USA will contest the 2022 WSF World Junior Championships alongside thirty-seven nations, August 11-21, in Nancy, France.
The annual World Junior Men’s and Women’s Individual Championships–which will be held for the first time since 2019–lead off the tournament, August 11-16, and the biennial World Junior Men’s Team Championship follows, August 16-21, as the U.S. aims to match record third place finishes in 2018 and 2016.
Select streaming will be available on the World Squash Federation Youtube Channel throughout the event. View draws and match times on the World Juniors Tournament page. For more tournament coverage and information visit wsfworldjuniors.com.
Of the twelve Americans set to compete in the individual competition, two enter the draws seeded as Caroline Fouts and Lucie Stefanoni take their places as 9/16 seeds. Both Fouts and Stefanoni enter the bottom half of the draw and are seeded to meet top four seeds in the round of sixteen. Fouts could face Egypt’s two seed Amina Orfi, while Stefanoni could face Egypt’s 3/4 seed Fayrouz Abouelkheir should they progress to the fourth round.
Sonya Sasson, Emma Trauber and Jhansi Bhavsar will take part in first round action Thursday morning, while Khushi Kukadia, Fouts and Stefanoni enjoy first round byes and prepare to join Thursday afternoon’s second round.
In the men’s draw, Rishi Srivastava, Arav Bhagwati, Avi Agarwal, Tad Carney, Rehan Luthra and Zane Patel will all be involved in first round action Thursday morning. Individual performances will determine seeding for the ensuing team competition, which Agarwal, Bhagwati, Patel and Luthra will compete in.
“This squad has been working towards this moment for their entire junior squash careers, and we’re so excited to finally test our ability against the world’s best players,” said Luke Butterworth, the U.S. Junior Men’s Head Coach. Butterworth is joined by Junior Men’s Assistant Coach Simba Muhwati, Junior Women’s Head Coach Scott Devoy and Junior Women’s Assistant Coach Aisling Blake. “We’ve had productive training sessions over the summer at the Specter Center, which has helped us hone our skills and fitness, and build a team spirit that will be crucial for supporting each other throughout the tournament.”