Name: Amr Shabana
Date of Birth: 20th July 1979
World Ranking: 9
World Series Ranking: 8
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Residence: Cairo, Egypt
Interests: Family & music
Clubs/Teams: Ahly Club
Biography: Amr Shabana began his 19th year on the PSA World Tour in January 2013 in sensational style. Belying his age of 33, the Prince of Cairo successfully defended his title in the ATCO PSA World Series Finals at Queen’s Club in London – first beating top seed James Willstrop in the semis then No2 seed Nick Matthew, for the second time in the event, in four games in the final.
The win notched up Shabana’s 30th PSA Tour title – and drew praise from runner-up Matthew when discussing the sport’s 2020 Olympic bid: "If he carries on playing like that, 2020 might just be a possibility for him!" said the world No2.
Clearly rejuvenated by his London triumph, Shabana went on to increase his Tour title tally to 31 later in the month in Detroit, USA, where he won the PSA International 70 Motor City Open for the first time – again taking out the event’s top two seeds, firstly compatriot Mohamed Elshorbagy in the semis, then fellow countryman Karim Darwish in the final.
It was back in April 2006 that Shabana became the first Egyptian to top the PSA World Rankings – and went on to hold the position for 33 unbroken months, thereby confirming his status as the fifth longest-standing world number one of all-time, behind Pakistanis Jansher Khan and Jahangir Khan, Englishman Peter Nicol and Australian Geoff Hunt.
And in November 2009, in Kuwait, the Egyptian star overwhelmed a star-studded World Championship field to win the leading PSA World Tour title for a fourth time - an achievement only marked by Hunt and the two legendary Khans. Indeed Geoff Hunt and Jahangir Khan were in the audience to share in Shabana's success.
"It's a dream. You don't think about it - you just dream about it," said Shabana when asked how it felt to equal the achievements of the sport's legendary figures. "It will take a month or two for it to sink in."
It is now 20 years since the stylish left-hander first showed his promise when he was runner-up (to compatriot Ahmed Faizy) in the British Junior U14 Open in January 1993. Four years later he reached the final of the British U19 Open, where he again lost to Faizy.
Shabana made his Tour final debut at the Mega Italia Open in May 1998 – and picked up his first title at the Puebla Open in Mexico in July the following year.
His Motor City Open success in January not only marked his 31st title, but his 45th appearance in a PSA Tour final.
Now dividing his time between Cairo and Toronto, Shabana show no signs of easing his commitments to the sport. He achieved his seeding in both PSA World Series events in March - reaching the quarter-finals of the North American Open in Virginia and the Kuwait PSA Cup, in Kuwait going down to the eventual champion Ramy Ashour after establishing a 2/0 lead.
In December 2006, he was honoured as PSA Player of the Year in the World Squash Awards in London - an accolade he received for the second time a year later.
In April 2012, Shabana became a member of a small and select group of players when he celebrated his 100th successive month in the world top 10.