@BK_1976 the Twitter Account of Black Knight in the UK has been busy this week asking people who their newest sponsored player was in the video below.
Today it was finally revealed who the player was. Many had been able to guess already but it was confirmed by Black Knight to be Daryl Selby
They did not announce the racquet he has selected to play with but it looks like and I have been able to confirm it is the Black Knight Corona6.
Black Knight Magnum Corona6 Squash Racquet
Black Knight Magnum Corona 6 as used by Daryl Selby
Signing Daryl Selby is a great choice for Black Knight. The highest profile player they have signed currently other than Daryl is David Palmer but he is no longer playing on the PSA Tour having retired. Having someone that has been a top 10 player and may well return to the top 10 in their lineup gives Black Knight some excellent exposure. Daryl Selby is someone that often goes deep in to the PSA tournaments so he will be seen on PSAsquashtv.com regularly as well as of course in person at the tournaments. We should get to see Daryl in action with his new Black Knight Magnum Corona6 shortly in the upcoming World Team Championships.
I had a chance to discuss racquet preparation with the pro at my squash club today and we went over some things that I knew but were definitely good to have reinforced. Early racquet preparation has some real benefits. It gives you more options as to what shot to hit. It also improves deception making it harder for your opponent to figure out what shot you are playing. Another benefit is it allows you to adjust quicker to a ball that takes an unexpected bounce.
Prince, Ramy’s sponsor must be really happy with their decision to sign Ramy Ashour. Not only has he not lost a match since he switched back to them but he left court in the final game to get a new Prince Airstick 130 because the last one he grabbed after breaking a string did not have the logo stencilled on the strings! While not technically allowed in the rules of the game I am sure it was definitely appreciated by Prince!
Ramy Ashour is the 2013 Allam British Open Champion!
Photo Credit to www.squashsite365.com/site/?p=17583
I was interested to see that James Willstrop looks to be playing with the Prince EXO3 Pro Tour Squash Racquet at this years’ British Open. James is a Prince sponsored player of course so playing with Prince makes sense but he has been switching back and forth between racquets. I have seen him playing with the Prince EXO3 Rebel, an old Prince Speedport and now the Prince EXO3 Pro Tour recently. The Pro Tour is a little heavier than the Rebel but is slightly head light where the Rebel is head heavy.
The main round of the 2013 Allam British Open Squash Championship is now under-way and Ramy Ashour is seeded to win. There certainly is some very stiff competition he will have to beat though to win this year’s British Open. Ramy has never won the British Open and if he does he will have gone a whole year without losing a match on the PSA tour. The last tournament he lost was the British Open last year when Nick Matthew beat him. Going a whole year without losing a match would be an incredible accomplishment especially considering how talented the current top 4 players are! Let’s take a look at Ramy’s career.
This is the time of year that we are busy ordering and getting ready for the next squash season. It is the end of the squash season for most but for us it is an exciting time. We are busy going over catalogues and order forms trying to figure out what to order for the next squash season. So what is coming from Dunlop for the next squash season? All new racquets in the Biomimetic series!
This year’s tournament is proving to be very entertaining. The round of 16 has just finished and there has already been a few terrific matches. The match between Simon Rosner and Omar Mosaad in particular was really entertaining yesterday and was really fun to watch. The momentum swings were incredible as was the pace of the ball. I could not believe how hard Mosaad was hitting. The commentary on @_SquashTV about how hard they were hitting and how loud it was at the venue was hilarious. The other match that was fantastic was the Tarek Momen versus Chris Gordon match. Twitter was absolutely abuzz with conversation about this match and Gordon’s terrific effort in this match.
My favourite shot in squash is a high soft cross court lob that catches the side wall and then dies in the opponents back hand corner. I prefer this over a flat nick in the front court, over a clinging drop and over a dying hard straight length. I find it extremely satisfying to win a point this way. I also like this shot because as long as it is hit relatively well I get time to get back to the ‘T’ and get in position to attack my opponents next shot. It is said that golf is a sport of misses and you need to minimize the trouble you get yourself in to and I believe this is true of squash as well.