2020 Review Part One : the normal bit
We all know that 2020 has been a very unusual year, one that few will be sad to see the back of.
Our review of the year also has to follow a different pattern, so in Part One we’re running through the major events that preceded the Coronavirus shutdown.
The year started, as usual, with the British Junior Open, in Birmingham for the first time. Egyptians claimed seven of the ten titles, with Sam Todd providing a home winner.
There was an early start for the seniors with the Tournament of Champions in New York, where Camille Serme and Mohamed ElShorbagy collected the first PSA Platinum crowns of the year.
Nouran Gohar kept the Egyptian winning streak going as she claimed the Carol Weymuller title, and Karim Abdel Gawad became the first Egyptian man to claim the Edinburgh Open title.
February was a quiet month for major events, with Diego Elias and Tarek Momen claiming the biggest PSA titles of the month at the Motor City Open and Canada Cup – Watch and Dressing Gown being the traditional extra rewards.
National Championships ended up being spread out through the year much more than usual, but many were still crowned in February including James Willstrop and Sarah-Jane Perry in the British edition.
March opened with a second PSA Platinum event which saw Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag claim a Windy City Open Egyptian double.
The month ended with the Canary Wharf Classic and Black Ball Open both managing to squeeze in their finals just before the already-announced shutdown came into force, Mohamed ElShorbagy and Hania El Hammamy taking great memories into the unknown that was to come.
We all know what happens next … that’ll be Part Two