Name: Ramy Ashour
Date of Birth: 30th September 1987
World Ranking: 1
World Series Ranking: 1
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Residence: Cairo, Egypt
Clothing Sponsor: Prince
Sponsors: ATCO, Egyptair
Coach: Hesham Ashour
Interests: Music, badminton, watersports and soccer
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.
And the 25-year-old from Cairo began 2013 in dazzling style 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 extended his remarkable run, winning both titles. 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.
The Kuwait final triumph marked his 30th Tour title in his 45th final appearance – but more impressively also extended his sensational unbeaten Tour record to 36 matches, an achievement unmatched for more than two decades.
Furthermore, the April PSA world rankings revealed the highest points average ever recorded – Ashour’s 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. "For any player to put together an unbeaten run of 36 matches 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.
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.
His stunning Tour success in 2012 took Ashour back to the top of the world rankings in January this year: "Being number one in the world and world champion means a lot to me," said Ashour. "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.