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Men's World Team Championship L16 Knockout Line-Up Now Set

13 Dec 2023

The last 16 teams standing in the WSF Men's World Team Championship have been confirmed after the conclusion of the group stage in Tauranga, New Zealand.

With a number of highly seeded teams taking on lower seeded opponents, ties today were largely one-sided affairs, with all eight ending 3/0.

On the spectacular all-glass court in the Mercury Baypark Arena, France and Netherlands played out an entertaining European derby, with the French trio of Auguste Dussourd, Victor Crouin and Gregoire Marche recording 3/1, 3/0, and 3/0 wins, respectively, to set up a last 16 meeting with Nigeria, who progressed as runners up in Group D after a win over Japan and a defeat to Switzerland earlier in the competition.

After the match, Marche reflected on the mood of the third-seeded French team: "We're feeling good and confident and the atmosphere between us is great; let's hope for the best!"

Elsewhere, at the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre, top seeds and defending champions Egypt safely progressed as Group A winners thanks to a comfortable 3/0 win against Ireland, with 22-year-old former world No.1 Mostafa Asal making his event debut for Egypt.

Asal and his teammates will face Pool B runners up South Africa in the first knockout round, with the 13/16 seeds qualifying thanks to their win against Philippines on day one.

Hosts New Zealand, meanwhile, will go up against No.5 seeds USA in a bid to make the quarter-finals

The Kiwis, who qualified as Group F runners up after a win against Republic of Korea and a defeat to Wales, will take on the USA in front of what is sure to be a noisy Mercury Baypark Arena, where their No.1 Paul Coll won the New Zealand Open just three days ago.