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Amr Shabana and the Salming Race R1 2.0 Squash Shoes

I learned just before the Tournament of Champions that Salming had signed Amr Shabana. My contact was not sure if he would be playing with them at the tournament as he had just signed and indeed he did not. He did however play with the Salming Race R1 2.0 at the Case Swedish Open 2014 in his first round match.

Amr Shabana hoisting the trophy after winning the 2014 Tournament of Champions

Photo credit to http://www.psaworldtour.com/

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Start of a New Season

Having restrained my urge to pen a review of the IOC’s decision to exclude squash from the Olympics (for the third consecutive time), I thought now would be an appropriate time for a preview of the new season. My 2013/14 campaign begins in just a few days with the $15k Nash Cup in London, ON. This tournament is held in high regard by PSA players for its great enthusiasm and hospitality. Big crowds populate the seats from day 1, players are given free meals at the club, and the members seem genuinely excited to have a Tour event in their own backyard. I am ranked as #5 qualifier, so progressing to the main draw would classify as a success.

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Daryl Selby – Black Knight Magnum Corona 6

@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

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 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.

We have the Black Knight Magnum Corona 6 for sale here: Black Knight Magnum Corona 6 Squash Racquet

We have previously reviewed it here: Black Knight Magnum Corona6 Squash Racquet Review

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Ramy Ashour – The 2013 Allam British Open Champion

Ramy Ashour 2013 Allam British Open Champion

Photo Credit to www.squashsite.co.uk

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!

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James Willstrop at the 2013 Allam British Open

James Willstop Cameron Pilley and the Prince EXO Pro Tour Squash Racquet

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.

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Allam British Open 2013 – Can Ramy make it a perfect year?

Ramy Ashour

Ramy Ashour - Photo credit to squashsite.co.uk

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.

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Ramy Ashour and the Prince Airstick 130

Ramy Ashour using the Prince Airstick 130 Squash Racquet
Picture courtesy of Worldsquash.org

Since the start of the 2013 Tournament of Champions there has been a great deal of conversation about Ramy Ashour and the racquet he is playing with.  We have definitely seen a spike in visits to our site about him and the racquet he is playing with.  So what is he playing with?  As the title of this post would indicate he is playing with his old favourite as pictured here, the Prince Airstick 130. The picture above is old but was a good shot of him with the Airstick 130. From what I have read he is no longer sponsored by Dunlop and is therefore free to play with what ever racquet he chooses.  His old favourite the Prince Airstick 130 is what he has gone back to.  It is a great racquet.  We have a review of it here , if you are looking to purchase one of these great racquets and are in Canada or the USA please click on Add to Cart button below.










The first reference I found of Ramy switching back to the Prince Airstick 130 was from Twitter here.

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Control the ‘T’ Sports is Proud to Announce our Sponsorship of Mike McCue

Contact: Jeff Warren
Phone: 1-877-370-4661
Email: jeff@controlthet.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTROL THE ‘T’ SPORTS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR SPONSORSHIP OF MIKE MCCUE

Control the ‘T’ Sports is excited to announce that we are sponsoring Mike McCue who is currently ranked #154 on the PSA World Tour, for his footwear and apparel.  Mike is a very dedicated professional squash player who trains out of Jonathon Power’s National Squash Academy in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Mike’s dedication has allowed him to move up over 100 spots in the PSA rankings in the past year alone. Mike’s passion for the game and his dedication are consistent with our beliefs as a company.  Control the ‘T’ Sports was born out of our passion and dedication to the game of squash.

Mike has chosen to play in the Asics Gel-Blast 4 Squash shoes.  We think it is important to know that the choice of the Asics Gel-Blast 4 was Mike’s choice of squash shoes not what we as a corporate sponsor asked him to play with.  Mike will also be wearing Asics shirts as part of his sponsorship.

Mike McCue stated the following on his partnership with Control the ‘T’ Sports, his goals on the PSA tour and why he chose the Asics Gel-Blast 4 Squash Shoes.

“Control the ‘T’ is an independently owned Canadian company, and I think both of us are up-and-comers in our respective fields. Both of us are working very hard and are very dedicated to the sport of squash and I expect big gains for both of us over the next few years. Control the ‘T’ Sports is my first non-racquet sponsor and a good starting point for me with regards to partnerships and sponsors.

I am hoping to start making real inroads on the PSA tour this year. Ranking-wise I would like to reach the top 115 by the end of the year and get some wins over top 100 players. I am expecting to make it past the quarter-finals of $5k tournaments and past the first round of $10k’s. I would also like to qualify for a larger event. I feel like my basic game and fitness are coming into place, so I need to learn how to win matches and navigate the various scenarios you come across at tournaments. Making good on just a few opportunities can make the difference between a successful career and mediocre one.

Asics shoes are generally accepted as the best squash footwear on the market. My two favourite features are the shape and lightness; they mould perfectly to your foot and afford you total mobility (obviously essential in squash), while still feeling almost weightless. I don’t even really notice the shoes while playing, and I think this is the biggest compliment you can pay to any piece of equipment.”

Control the ‘T’ Sports is very excited to be working with Mike McCue and we wish him all the best on the PSA World Tour.

 

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For more information contact Jeff Warren by email at jeff@controlthet.com or by calling 1.877.370.4661

 

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James Willstrop – North American Open Champion and World #1

James Willstrop NAO2012 ChampionJames Willstrop has won the North American Open and regained the #1 ranking on the PSA Tour.

James performance against Ramy Ashour in the final was incredible.  Actually it was inspiring.  Having watched the match on PSASquashtv.com I was so impressed not only with James play but with his strategy.  He came in with a plan to contain Ramy, stuck with it, played beautifully and did what most thought he would not – win.

James’ use of height was what really won him the match.  If he was under any duress at all he got the ball high and in to the back corner and really limited Ramy’s ability to attack.  Tied together with James use of height was his use of the straight ball.  High, soft and straight balls that Ramy had to let pass.  When Ramy tried to pick up the tempo James was able to deal with it when needed and would slow it back down with the lob.  His accuracy on the lob was terrific.  He managed to get it over Ramy and forced him to let it drop and did not over hit them either having them come off the back wall.

How effective was James in executing his game plan?  How many nicks did Ramy hit? First report was none but there was one in the second game that was in back court.  Even that was not a roll out nick.  It took a funny bounce when it hit the nick and James could not get it back.  Not actually hitting the nick though could just be Ramy being off.  What really tells the tale of how effective James was how many front court nick attempts did Ramy even attempt?  I have not gone through and counted them but there were very few attempts. Why?  Simply put James hardly ever gave him the ball where Ramy could attempt it.

Congratulation to James Willstrop on winning the North American Open and on regaining the #1 ranking on the PSA Tour.  The North American Open was the first time in months where all of the top players in the world were in the draw.  James came through brilliantly and truly showed the quality of player he is.

James Willstrop is a Prince sponsored played and plays with the Prince EXO3 Rebel Squash Racquet.

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Control the ‘T’ Sports is pleased to introduce Mike McCue

We are very excited to announce that Mike McCue, an up and coming PSA Tour player will be blogging for Control the ‘T’ Sports.  Mike has been playing squash since the age of 10 and is currently 18-years old.  He finished his junior career as the #2 ranked player in Canada.  His current ranking on the PSA Tour is #234.  Mike trains under Jamie Hickox and Jamie Nichols at the National Squash Academy in Toronto.

Mike’s posts will focus on squash from the perspective of someone that is turning professional and trying to make it on the PSA Tour.  You can expect posts from Mike focusing on his training, training tips for other players, life as an up and comer on the PSA Tour, coverage of tournaments he plays in and other topics related to squash.  We hope you enjoy his posts!

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