Name: Ramy Ashour
Date of Birth: 30th September 1987
World Ranking: 1
World Series Ranking: 1
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Residence: Cairo, Egypt
Coach: Squash Feeder: Haitham Ashoush
Massage: Hossam Shaddad / Ahmed Galal
Interests: Music, badminton, watersports
Clubs/Teams: Heliopolis Club/Cairo
Biography: With a dazzling style that has established the Egyptian as one of the biggest draws on the PSA World Tour, Ramy Ashour is back where he belongs – at the top of the PSA world rankings and the holder of the World Championship title for the second time.
But his achievements in 2012 set him apart from his contemporaries: With a record unequalled since the eras of Pakistan legends Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan, Ashour made the final of each Tour event he competed in – winning five, including the Australian Open, US Open, Hong Kong Open, and the World Championship in December.
The world title was his second, after winning his first - aged 21 – in 2008.
And the Cairo phenomenon kept it up in 2013 – first by winning the Tournament of Champions in New York after powering back from two games down to beat Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in the final at Grand Central Station.
In the next two PSA World Series events of the year – the North American Open in Virginia and the Kuwait PSA Cup in Kuwait – Ashour again triumphed. In the former he beat defending champion James Willstrop in the semis and former champion Nick Matthew in the final – and in Kuwait Ramy recovered from 0/2 down in the quarters against Shabana before claiming successive wins over Gaultier and Willstrop.
After a gap of two full years, Ashour reclaimed the world number one ranking in January – and in April registered the highest points average ever recorded, his 1,872.50 total being more than 700 above his nearest rival!
"The latest PSA World Tour rankings certainly reflect the remarkable consistency Ramy is showing on the PSA World Tour," said PSA COO Lee Beachill at the time. "For any player to put together such an unbeaten run in the era is incredible, particularly given the very high standard and depth currently on the Tour.
"He is a fantastic role model for our sport," added the former world number one.
But there were more records to come: Competing in his third British Open in May in Hull, Ashour reached his second successive final - without dropping a game – and recovered from a game down to beat Gregory Gaultier 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 to become first Egyptian for 47 years to win the sport’s prestigious title.
The triumph established a number of major milestones in Ashour’s career: It extended his unbeaten Tour run to 41 matches, and into a second year; it marked his 31st Tour title in his 46th final; and, as the 83rd Tour event of his career, it meant that he has reached the final in more than half the events in which he has competed!
Ashour burst onto the global stage in August 2004 when, aged just 16, he stunned the squash world by becoming the youngest ever World Junior (U19) champion. Three months later, in his maiden PSA Tour appearance in Greece, he won the Athens Open - becoming one of only a handful of players to claim PSA titles on their Tour debuts.
And in July 2006, Ashour successfully defended his world junior crown in New Zealand to become the first man in history to win the world's leading junior title twice.
But, according to the man himself, the turning point in his career came in England in October 2008 when he stormed through the star-studded PSA World Championship field to beat top seed and defending champion Amr Shabana in the semi-finals. Then, in the first all-Egyptian final, Ashour overcome Karim Darwish 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 to win the sport’s premier title.
The fourth’s seed’s victory made him only the second player in history (after Pakistan legend Jansher Khan) to win both junior and senior world titles.
When he reclaimed the world No1 ranking in January, Ashour said: "Being number one in the world and world champion means a lot to me. When you feel that the hard work has paid off, you just thank God for the reward - and feel proud of yourself, your team and grateful for everyone who helped you, like my manager Fatma Kader, my parents and my brother and my training partners Hossam Shadad and Haitham Ashoush.
"I think the harder part starts now - which is trying to maintain injury-free, and the No1 position," Ashour continued. "My biggest aim this year is to get stay injury-free - and to see squash as an Olympic sport where it belongs."
It was during the Tournament of Champions in January that Ashour was presented with the 2012 PSA ‘Player of the Year’ award, an award he first won in 2011.