From February 3 to February 5, Falcon Club Sports and Entertainment Complex hosted the international squash tournament Falcon Squash Cup Open 2017. The tournament brought together players from the CIS countries and the neighboring countries in nine categories – professional players, amateurs and children.

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The three busy days allowed Minsk citizens getting to know fast-paced squash better, watching the battles between the principal opponents and the competition between the number one players.

"This tournament for us is a big step in squash development. We did our best for the participants and the audience, in the first place. With the facilities of the Complex, we managed to host the tournament according to the world standards and welcome a big number of the participants from seven countries. Including, the strongest representatives from Russia, the Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Serbia and even Nigeria. The weekend in Minsk was full of events - our Tournament, the Davis Cup, the football tournament, basketball. We are glad we managed to attract the audience and we hope people will keep coming to the Arena. After receiving positive feedback from the colleagues and the participants from other countries, we are already planning the next even bigger tournament, which will be registered with PSA (Professional Squash Association)" , - said Renatas Nacajus, Managing Director of Falcon Club Sports and Entertainment Complex.

Those who could not attend the Tournament and support their favorite sportsmen watched the webcast of the finals and the semi-finals held in the central Arena. More than 2,500 people watched the games during two days of the Tournament.

In the final competition of the top-rank category PRO Gold featuring the number one players, Ukrainian Konstantin Rybalchenko competed with Alexey Severinov from Russia. The Ukrainian player became the winner and the overall champion of the Tournament: When I started paying squash, Alexey was the one who I learnt from. I always dreamt of playing with him. Now I’ve beaten him. Sorry, Alexey, you were a strong opponent. As for the Tournament itself, everything’s been well organized. This is my first time in the Arena and it is, undoubtedly, the best in the post-Soviet area.

Results of competitions:

PRO GOLD
1st place – Konstantin Rybalchenko, the Ukraine
2nd place – Alexey Severinov, Russia
3rd place – Roman Fetisov, Russia
4th place - Aleks Pāvulāns, Latvia
5th place – Denis Podvorny, the Ukraine
6th place – Marko Matanovic, Serbia
7th place – Dmitry Sudzilovsky, Belarus
8th place – Martynas Pēmp, Lithuania
Men Elite
1st place – Valery Fedoruk, the Ukraine
2nd place – Seun Jaiyeola, Нигерия
3rd place – Dmitry Pogrebnyak, the Ukraine
4th place – Mantas Kočūnas, Latvia
5th place – Vladislav Titov, Russia
6th place – Artur Sikora, the Ukraine
7th place – Vyacheslav Perfilyev, Russia
8th place – Vyacheslav Savelov, the Ukraine
9th place – Leonid Kravtsov, Russia
10th place – Valentin Gayduchenya, Belarus
Women Elite
1st place Ekaterina Marusan, Russia
2nd place – Olesya Aleshina, Russia
3rd – Jelena Dutina, Serbia
4th place – Olga Severinova, Russia
5th place – Olga Khmelevskaya, Belarus
6th place – Irina Kulbatskaya, Belarus
7th place – Yulia Zhukovets, the Ukraine 8th place – Alla Artishevskaya Russia
М1

М1 1st  place – Artur Sikora, the Ukraine
2nd  place – Vyacheslav Savelov, the Ukraine
3rd  place – Artemy Perun, the Ukraine
4th  place – Vasily Belyayev, Russia
5thplace – Leonid Kravtsov, Russia
6th  place – Aleksey Bogatov, Russia
7th place – Nikita Yurasov, Belarus
8th place – Maksim Khokhlov, Russia
9th place – Igor Tishchenko, Russia
10th place – Yury Yurasov, Belarus
11th place – Pavel Voytukhovsky, Belarus
12th place -  Kirill Terekhov, Belarus
13th place – Iliya Lepeshko, Belarus
14th place – Nikolay Kovalev, Belarus
15th place – Aleksandr Gusachek, Belarus

М2
1st  place – Daniil Timin, Russia
2nd  place – Vitaly Egorov, Russia
3rd  place – Anton Yurevich, Belarus
4th  place – Boris Pavlov, Russia
5th  place – Pavel Osipovich, Belarus
6th  place – Dmitry Sankovich, Belarus
7th  place – Artemy Kulbatsky, Belarus
8 th place – Vitaly Burmistrov, Belarus
9th  place – Igor Kleshchev, Belarus
10th  place – Aleksandr Orlov, Russia
11th  place – Alexey Shafransky, Belarus
12th  place – Nikolay Kovalev, Belarus
13th  place – Nail’ Rakhimyanov, Russia
14th  place – Alexey Berezkin, Belarus

М3
1st  place – Aleksandr Orlov, Russia
2nd  place – Andrey Salokhin, Belarus
3rd  place – Aleksandr Maslov, Russia
4th  place – Vladimir Sidorovich, Belarus
5th  place – Igor Makhankov, the Ukraine
6th  place – Maksim Radobolsky, Belarus
7th  place – Daniil Kleshchev, Belarus
8th  place – Mikhail Lavrov, Belarus
W2

1st  place – Liudmila Egorova, Russia
2nd  place – Kseniya Anikeyeva, Belarus
3rd  place – Edite Masalska, Latvia
4th  place – Maria Kozlova, Belarus
5th  place – Ilze Pāvulāne, Latvia
6th place – Olena Blazhevich, the Ukraine
7th place – Liliya Kirilenko, Belarus
8th place – Liudmila Korotkova, the Ukraine
9th place – Natalia Viltovskaya, Belarus
10th place – Alla Artishevskaya, Russia

Kids 1
1st  place – Liudmila Egorova, Russia
2nd  place – Kseniya Anikeyeva, Belarus
3rd  place – Edite Masalska, Latvia
4th  place – Maria Kozlova, Belarus
5th  place – Ilze Pāvulāne, Latvia
6th place – Olena Blazhevich, the Ukraine
7th place – Liliya Kirilenko, Belarus
8th place – Liudmila Korotkova, the Ukraine
9th place – Natalia Viltovskaya, Belarus
10th place – Alla Artishevskaya, Russia

Kids 2

1 place – Danil Timin, Russia
2 place – Trofim Aleshin, Russia
3 place – Yulia Zhukovets, the Ukraine
4 place – Ivan Dubinin, Belarus
5 place – Nikolay Kovalev, Belarus
6 place – Valentin Ramanovich, Belarus
7 place – Ruslan Rakhimiyanov, Russia
8 place – Sergey Kalkatin, the Ukraine
9 place – Maksim Kazakov, Belarus
10 place – Daniil Dudak, Belarus

The main result of the Tournament is the decision that Falcon Squash Cup Open 2017 will be held annually. Until then, anyone interested can try playing squash, train and, possibly, take part in the next year Tournament. Falcon Club Sports and Entertainment Complex invites everyone to visit its Tennis and Squash Academy with certified courts: 4 MDF courts and 2 glass courts.

Tournament Host: Falcon Club Sports and Entertainment Complex

Tournament Partners: the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus, Belarusian Squash Federation Public Association, Orange Club Centre of Active Recreation, Lisko-Plus LLC – the supplier of San Benedetto mineral water.

Tournament Information Partners: Belarus 5, Sport Time Magazine, Sports Panorama, Tribuna.com.