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Sydney Challenger Preview: First-ever Challenger in Australia

SYDNEY (3×3 Challenger) – Australia hosts its first-ever 3×3 challenger at the Sydney Challenger on May 18-19.

Piran (SLO) will be one of the main attractions of the event after winning the Penang Challenger in Malaysia 2 weeks ago. The number 4 team in the World will try to stamp their ticket to their 4th World Tour Masters of the season as they are already qualified to Prague, Mexico and India.

The Sydney Challenger qualifies to Utsunomiya, where they reached the final the last two years, losing both games against Novi Sad (SRB). They are in the pool A alongside Sutherland (AUS) and Adjuntas, from Puerto Rico.

But it won’t be a walk in the park for Piran. Five teams in the Top 20 will also compete in Sydney. The new-look Kranj (SLO) is in Pool B. The #7 team in the World will be in good company with Melbourne i-Athletic (AUS) and Auckland (NZL), a team that has already clinched their spot to the Utsunomiya Masters after winning the New Zealand Quest.

Tokyo (JPN) and Belgrade (SRB) are in Pool C and they will find out who is the third team in their pool after the Qualifyng Draw. Same for Amsterdam Inoxdeals (NED) and Lausanne (SUI) in Pool D.

Five teams have already secured their tickets to Japan: Zemun (SRB) and Ljubljana (SLO) earned their spots through the ranking, Liman (SRB) and Humpolec Bernard (CZE) after the Wuxi Challenger and Auckland (NZL) after winning the New Zealand Quest. If Auckland reach the final, then the next team in the standings will qualify to Utsunomiya.

The 16 participating teams will also compete for 20,000 USD in prize money.

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