ESF European Individual Closed Squash Championships 2022
Tinne Gilis and Nicolas Mueller crowned as ESF European Squash Champions 2022
The day started with the playoffs for position 3.
Melissa Alves from France faced Spain's Marta Dominguez. The experienced Alves controlled her opponent well and won in three games, thus re-claiming her bronze medal from Bucharest 2019.
The men's bronze medal match was played by German Raphael Kandra and Sebastien Bonmalais from France. Kandra battled hard as always but the young Frenchman was just too strong today. After 48 minutes and four games Bonmalais claimed his first Euro medal.
The women's final was an all-Belgian affair between sisters Nele and Tinne Gilis. Nele is the title holder from 2019, whereas Tinne recently won the World Games. Earlier this year they had played each other for the first time in a final at a PSA event France, where Tinne had the upperhand. And today again the younger of the two was successful. The score was tight - 11/9 11/9 11/9 - and it was a long match with 54 minutes, but finally Tinne Gilis clinched her first Euro title.
The two top seeds met in the men's final - Swiss world no.14 Nicolas Mueller against French world no. 18 Victor Crouin, the recent World Games winner.
Mueller went on court and showed what he later described as "my most consistent performance ever".
The score of 11/7 11/4 11/4 reflects the outstanding show he delivered today. It is the first European title for the 32 year old Swiss.
Overall it was a superb event at a great venue with high class sport and top level organisation.
Here you can find pictures from the EICC in Hamburg 2022