Victor Crouin CHAMPION!
 Victor Crouin 3-1  Leonel Cardenas (MEX) 11-5, 9-11, 19-17, 12-10 (62m)
Men’s $30k PSA Challenger, 20-24 Jun, Doha, Qatar
 Victor Crouin(FRA) 3-0  Ramit Tandon (IND) 11-4, 7-4 retired (19m)
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“I am currently feeling pretty good, having been home for three weeks training with my dad and preparing myself with this event in mind. I also played a local tournament last weekend to play some matches and I am just excited to be competing again on the Challenger Tour,” Crouin explained.
“I won two more titles [this season] and more particularly, my first two Challenger 20 level titles. I also beat some top ranked players to make it to the quarter final stage of two Gold level tournaments. This helped me improve my ranking but also gain belief in my ability to reach new heights.
“I also played my last ever college squash season with the Harvard team. We won the national team championship and I also won the national individual championship. I could not have asked for a better way to finish my college career before moving on to my professional life on the PSA Tour.
“Overall, reflecting on my last year juggling academics, college squash, and the PSA Tour, I think I had a great 2021-2022 season. If you had told me four years ago when I entered Harvard that I’d graduate being No.20 in the world, I would have signed straight away!”
Thanks to his efforts this season, Crouin was one of four nominations for the PSA Men’s Young Player Of The year award, something that he admits is an honour. Currently at his highest ranking of World No.20, the Frenchman is looking to push even higher over the course of the next season.
“It is always an honour to be nominated by the PSA for the end-of-the-season awards. Alongside me are three very talented and successful young Egyptians which we will see at the top of the game one day I am sure. I am therefore flattered to make it into the list.
“Of course, my goal is to go up in the ranking, break the top 16, and even I hope the top 10 as soon as possible. I believe one needs to beat everybody in order to go up in the ranking.
“I usually don’t mind having to play and prove myself in the first round against a lower-ranked player but it is true that getting that first round bye in the majors would be a major help in keeping my energy level high if I ever make it further in the draw.”