Name: Wael El Hindi
Date of Birth: 25th June 1980
Birthplace: Giza, Egypt
Residence: New York NY, USA
Racquet: Tecnifibre Wael El Hindi
Interests: Music, Football
Clubs/Teams: Ahly - Surrey H & R - Stuttgart
Biography: A PSA member since 1999, Wael El Hindi has long been regarded as one of Egypt's most talented players - first making his mark in the USA in 1998 when he reached the final of the World Junior Championship as a 5/8 seed.
Steady progress on the Tour saw the 31-year-old from Cairo rise to a career-high world No8 ranking in November 2008.
And it was the best success of his career in 2008 which led to his career-high ranking: It came in the new Petrosport International Championship at the Sky Club in Cairo where, seeded five, El Hindi beat favourite Amr Shabana in the semi-finals before overcoming a further fellow Egyptian Karim Darwish 11-8, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9 in the final to clinch his first PSA World Series crown!
El Hindi relocated to New York in 2009, where he became the Touring Pro at City View Squash Club. Despite being unable to defend his title on his return to the Sky Petrosport club in Cairo, El Hindi exceeded his seeding after upsetting former world number one Thierry Lincou in a 110-minute last sixteen battle.
It was in 2010 that El Hindi won his first title in the USA since moving to New York. In the biggest PSA Tour final of his career, the second-seeded Egyptian beat Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema in the final of the $80,000 US Open in Chicago 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7.
And after mixed success in his new home country early in 2011, El Hindi tasted further Tour title success at the Berkshire Open in Williamstown. He romped through to the final without dropping a game, then beat rising English star Tom Richards 11-9, 11-7, 11-9.
The confidence-boosting win rings up El Hindi’s eighth Tour title in his 13th final appearance – and led to a three-place rise in the world rankings in May.