17 Nov 2018

Tory backbencher holds another fundraiser at men-only squash club

A Manitoba government backbencher is once again holding a fundraising event at a squash club that doesn't allow women to become members.

The constituency association for Scott Johnston, a Progressive Conservative, is planning an evening of "whiskey, wine and ale-tasting" next week at the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club.

The event is open to men and women, but the Opposition New Democrats say it's wrong for the Tories to support a club that only allows men to become members.

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New Democrat legislature member Nahanni Fontaine says it's the second year in a row the Tories have rented the venue, and they should be able to find one that is open to everyone.

The squash club's board of directors has said that while there are some coed tournaments and special events that include women, the club lacks the space required to be fully coed.

Event open to all

Keith Stewart, the chief executive officer of the Progressive Conservative party, said the rental follows the party's rules.

"The PC Party of Manitoba gives constituency associations the freedom to rent venues based on the suitability of the facility for the event," Stewart said in a written statement.

"Once the facility is rented, our rules apply. The St. James event is of course open to women and we would not support any party function that was not open to all."

What about the squash? Female player weighs in on debate over men's-only Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club
Johnston's fundraiser at the same venue last year stirred up controversy.

Susan Thompson, Winnipeg's mayor from 1992-98, said last year she remembered not being able to join during her tenure and the decision not to allow women members is wrong.

The club has promoted itself as an athletic facility that also helps people make business connections.

The venue sits in the Fort Rouge constituency south of Winnipeg's downtown, not in Johnston's St. James constituency, which is further west.

Over 120 kids arrive for Ex-Squash Pros Diaspora Youth Championship

Organisers of the Ex-Pros Diaspora Squash Championship aim at discovering talented youngsters, who will take over from stars like Yemisi Olatunji.

The second edition of the Ex-Pros Diaspora Squash Championship for U-13, U-16 and 45 years above will hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos from today to Saturday.
The competition will feature over 120 children from across the country, who are expected to arrive in Lagos today for the event.

This year’s championship, which is supported by the Nigeria Squash Federation, will also feature players of over 45 years that would serve a role models to the children and also add more glamour to the tournament.

Speaking at the media parley to announce the 2018 edition of the Squash championship, President of the Ex -Squash Pros Diaspora, Femi Shittu, who is based in the United Kingdom, said the Ex Squash- Pros players resident abroad decided to continue sustaining the championship to create more awareness of the sport.

Shittu, who said squash was fast been losing its popularity in Nigeria, added that the championship would also create a forum for children to compete against each other to broaden their knowledge on the skills in squash.

“Children playing squash now have the platform to exhibit their skills, which opens doors for them to attain any level in the sport,” he said

He added that the introduction of the Ex-Pros Diaspora Championship has helped the country to have a full data base of players in Nigeria from the junior to the senior level.

“The association, which is  duly recognised by relevant stakeholders in squash in Nigeria, decided to have the over 45 years competing in the championship as a way of motivating the children to work harder to attain greatness in Squash. Our major target is to see more children play squash and win laurels for the country in future.

“This can be achieved through engaging children in competition of this nature,” he said.

16 Nov 2018

El Sherbini Ready to Fight for World No.1 Spot Ahead of Hong Kong Open

Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini says that she will fight to keep her hands on her World No.1 spot at next week’s Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Open as she aims to hold off the challenge of World No.2 Raneem El Welily.

Title victories at the China Open and U.S. Open have seen El Welily cut the points gap between herself and El Sherbini at the summit of the rankings to just 26 points and she will end El Sherbini’s 31-month reign at World No.1 if she equals or surpasses the 23-year-old’s results in Hong Kong.

But El Sherbini - who beat El Welily to win the Hong Kong Open last year - is determined to hold onto the coveted World No.1 spot, which she has held since May 2016.

"I will fight for the spot until the end," said El Sherbini.

"However, the No.1 spot is based on numbers and it can go up or down according to the events being played. It’s out of my hands now, but I’m aiming to win as many titles as I can and then the ranking will come.

"There is no pressure [on her] at all, it’s another challenge for me and I have to deal with it. It’s not the end of the world for me, there’s still more I want to achieve in the sport. I have always aimed for records and this is what I will do."

Despite dominating the 2017/18 season, El Sherbini has made a slow start to the current campaign and is hoping that she can kick on in Hong Kong as she aims to retain her title.

She said: "It’s been a slow start, I started my summer training a bit late due to an injury, but we still have a long season [ahead]. I feel I’m getting better each tournament and I’m looking for better results

"[Last year] It was my first World Series [title] to win [last] season and was a very proud moment for me. The Hong Kong Open has a huge history and I’m proud to put my name beside the legends who have won that tournament before."

El Sherbini will top the draw in Hong Kong between November 19-25 and features alongside the likes of El Welily, 10-time winner Nicol David and France’s Camille Serme, while World No.12 Annie Au heads the home hopes in the women’s draw.

Meanwhile, defending men’s champion Mohamed ElShorbagy returns and will compete against World No.2 Ali Farag, Germany’s Simon Rösner, Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodrigue and more. Max Lee and Leo Au are the highest-ranked Hong Kong players in the draw.

The Hong Kong Open is the third Platinum tournament of the season and will take place at the Hong Kong Squash Centre between November 19-22 before moving to the Hong Kong Park Sports Centre between November 23-25.

$329,000 will be equally split between the men’s and women’s draws for the first time, while the winners of the tournament will qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals.

Glass court fixtures from the Hong Kong Open will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only). The semi-finals and finals will be shown by major broadcasters around the world, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

For more information, follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter or visit the event website.

2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open – Men’s Draw

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]

[9/16] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) [bye]

[17/32] Alan Clyne (SCO) v Ramit Tandon (IND)

Mostafa Asal (EGY) v [17/32] Tom Richards (ENG)

[17/32] Joel Makin (WAL) v [WC] Chi Him Wong (HKG)

[9/16] Declan James (ENG) [bye]

[17/32] Leo Au (HKG) v Edmon Lopez (ESP)

[6] Paul Coll (NZL) [bye]

[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) [bye]

[WC] Henry Leung (HKG) v [17/32] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)

[17/32] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v Ben Coleman (ENG)

Joshua Masters (ENG) v [17/32] Chris Simpson (ENG)

[9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER) [bye]

Todd Harrity (USA) v [17/32] Cesar Salazar (MEX)

[17/32] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Rex Hedrick (AUS)

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) [bye]

[4] Simon Rösner (GER) [bye]

Peter Creed (WAL) v [17/32] Adrian Waller (ENG)

[9/16] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) [bye]

[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) [bye]

[17/32] Zahed Salem (EGY) v Karim El Hammamy (EGY)

Mazen Gamal (EGY) v [17/32] Greg Lobban (SCO)

[9/16] Max Lee (HKG) [bye]

[5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) [bye]

[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) [bye]

Nathan Lake (ENG) v [17/32] Lucas Serme (FRA)

[17/32] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v Olli Tuominen (FIN)

George Parker (ENG) v [17/32] Campbell Grayson (NZL)

[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) [bye]

[9/16] Diego Elias (PER) [bye]

[17/32] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Arturo Salazar (MEX)

[2] Ali Farag (EGY) [bye]

2018 Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open – Women’s Draw

[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) [bye]

Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v [17/32] Nele Gilis (BEL)

[17/32] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)

[10] Annie Au (HKG) [bye]

[12] Tesni Evans (WAL) [bye]

Julianne Courtice (ENG) v [17/32] Mariam Metwally (EGY)

[17/32] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v Low Wee Wern (MAS)

[8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [bye]

[5] Joelle King (NZL) [bye]

Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) v [17/32] Mayar Hany (EGY)

[17/32] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)

[16] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) [bye]

[14] Joshna Chinappa (IND) [bye]

[WC] Lee Ka Yi (HKG) v [17/32] Milou van der Heijden (NED)

[17/32] Fiona Moverley (ENG) v Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG)

[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) [bye]

[4] Camille Serme (FRA) [bye]

Tinne Gilis (BEL) v [17/32] Rachael Grinham (NED)

[17/32] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v Nada Abbas (EGY)

[11] Nicol David (MAS) [bye]

[9] Alison Waters (ENG) [bye]

Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [17/32] Nadine Shahin (EGY)

[17/32] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [WC] Vanessa Chu (HKG)

[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [bye]

[6] Laura Massaro (ENG) [bye]

Haley Mendez (USA) v [17/32] Yathreb Adel (EGY)

[17/32] Joey Chan (HKG) v Alexandra Fuller (RSA)

[15] Salma Hany (EGY) [bye]

[13] Victoria Lust (ENG) [bye]

Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [17/32] Coline Aumard (FRA)

[17/32] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v Rachel Arnold (MAS)

[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) [bye]

Yemisi Olatunji is the Racket Sports person of the year 2018

Naija Squash queen Yemisi Olatunji won the racket sports person of the year 2018 at the just concluded Nigeria Sports Awards.
Queen was up against number 1 table-tennis star, Aruna Quadri
Congrats Squash queen, the sky is just the begining.
click on link below to view Yemisi Olatunji's appreciatory message.
Yemisi Olatunji NSA

Manchester to Host Female Squash Stars in 2019

A number of the world’s greatest female players will line up at Manchester’s National Squash Centre next May for the inaugural Manchester Open, PSA World Tour Silver tournament.

Taking place between May 9-13, 2019, the Manchester Open will offer $76,000 in prize money and will be the first standalone women’s tournament to be shown live on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player since the 2017 Ciudad de Floridablanca.

The Manchester Open is supported by Manchester City Council and follows the successful staging of the award-winning AJ Bell PSA World Championships in the city in December 2017, where equal prize money was on offer across both the men’s and women’s events for the first time in the tournament’s history.

"We’re delighted to be staging the Manchester Open next year and are looking forward to working with Manchester City Council over the coming months as we aim to put on a world-class tournament," said Tournament Director Tim Garner.

"The city of Manchester has a considerable sporting pedigree and has already hosted squash’s biggest tournament - the PSA World Championships - on three previous occasions, in addition to the British Grand Prix.

"We’re also pleased to add a new women’s-only tournament to the PSA Tour calendar. The strength in depth across the women’s tour is arguably at its greatest ever level, which is sure to result in a dramatic and unpredictable tournament next May."

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure for Manchester City Council, said: "This in another example of a world class competition in our top flight sporting city. We look forward to welcoming the Manchester Open to the National Squash Centre and to seeing some of the top women squash players in action."

Tickets for the Manchester Open will go on sale next week.

Tunde Ajagbe in quater finals at the ongoing Simon Warder Memorial Prostate Cancer Open 2018

Nigeria's No 1 Tunde Ajagbe in quater finals at the ongoing  Alliance Fabricating LTD. Simon Warder Memorial Prostate Cancer Open 2018 in Canada.

Selby Beats Mosaad to Lift QSF No.1 Title

England’s World No.24 Daryl Selby has lifted his first PSA Tour title in over two years after he overcame top seed Omar Mosaad in the final of the QSF No.1, PSA World Tour Bronze tournament held at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.

Selby, who celebrated his 36th birthday earlier this month, last tasted title success on the PSA Tour at the Macau Open in September 2016, but he put together a fine run of form in Doha to defeat Finland’s Olli Tuominen, Qatari No.1 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and Scotland’s Greg Lobban to reach the title decider.

Mosaad, a former World No.3 and a World Championship finalist in 2015, had enjoyed wins against Jamaica’s Christopher Binnie and English duo Joshua Masters and George Parker en route to the final.

Mosaad led the pair’s head-to-head record by five wins to Selby’s one coming into the final, but Selby quickly took the initiative as he forced Mosaad into some early errors to go a game ball up, before converting on his second to go a game ahead by an 11-9 margin.

The second game went the same way as Selby powered to an 11-6 victory. Mosaad showed glimpses of life in the third as he found himself 3-1 up after a strong start, but the experienced Selby halted any hopes of a comeback as he took 10 of the next 13 points to seal his 13th career PSA Tour title and the biggest share of the $51,000 prize purse.

"This was probably my best match," Selby told the Qatar Tribune.

"The first game was crucial for me. I put pressure on him and I didn’t let him play his game today. I am glad I managed to get it done.

"It’s my first title in a long time and I didn’t expect to win. Playing someone like Mosaad, who is the top seed, it was a nice feeling to win against him because he is a great player. I always enjoy coming to Doha. Thanks to the organisers for making us comfortable and putting on this great event."

Result - Final: 2018 QSF No.1
[3] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [1] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (42m)

15 Nov 2018

Ex-Squash Pro Diaspora U-13 & 16 tourney

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Wale Amao displays fitness look along side Reuben philips

Nigeria Squash star Wale Amao looking very fit and ready to take on anyone who dares him...lol, along side Reuben Philip in a photo shoot at Windy Hill Athletic club.

14 Nov 2018


Greg Lobban

The semi-finalists have been confirmed for the QSF No.1 PSA Bronze tournament after Scotland’s Greg Lobban and England’s George Parker scored big wins at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha.

World No.32 Lobban downed number two seed Germany’s Raphael Kandra in straight-games to reach his second semi-final of 2018.

The Scottish player was in dominant form to put World No.20 Kandra to the sword and complete an 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 win in 48 minutes. He will now take on England’s number three seed Daryl Selby in the semi-finals after he defeated home favourite Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.

Selby took the first game before Al Tamimi battled back in the second to level the scores, however, the Englishman utilised his vast experience to close out an 11-4, 5-11, 13-11, 11-8 in 60 minutes.

The other semi-final will see top seed Omar Mosaad take on England’s George Parker for a place in the final.

Former World No.3 Mosaad scored a comfortable 11-8, 14-12, 11-2 victory over England’s World No.53 Joshua Masters to reach his second semi-final of the year.

Meanwhile, England’s World No.44 Parker continued his impressive form of the week as he knocked out Malaysia’s World No.57 Ivan Yuen to reach the semi-finals in Qatar after an 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 win.

Results – Quarter-finals
[1] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 14-12, 11-2 (40m)
George Parker (ENG) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-9 (57m)
[3] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [5] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-1: 11-4, 5-11, 13-11, 11-8 (60m)
[6] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt [2] Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (48m)

Draw – Semi-finals: To be played November 13
[1] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v George Parker (ENG)
[3] Daryl Selby (ENG) v [6] Greg Lobban (SCO)

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Foreign players to start arriving from 18th for squash events

Foreign players will start arriving in Pakistan from November 18 to participate in the DHA International Squash Championship scheduled to be held in Karachi.

Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) vice president and squash legend Qamar Zaman said that the championship carrying prize money of US $20,000 will be held from November 20 to 24. “Karachi will be hosting three back-to-back international tournaments in these two months.

The Pakistan Open International Squash Tournament (US $50,000 prize money) will be held from November 28 to December 2 while the third Chief of Naval Staff International Squash Championship will be played from December 6 to 10,” he said.

He said players from 14 foreign countries including Pakistan, Malaysia, Egypt, Iran, Finland, Peru, England, Qatar, Mexico, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Portugal will be participating in the championship. “Pakistani players will get a chance to display top performances in the event and improve their positions,” he said and added that the credit for revival of squash in the country goes to PSF.

Asim, Madina annex POF Board National Squash titles

Asim, Madina annex POF Board National Squash titles

Top seed Asim Khan crowned 3rd Chairman POF Board National Men Squash champion after beating Israr Ahmed in the final while Madina Zafar hammered Amina Fiaz to clinch ladies singles title at Jahangir Khan/Roshan Khan Squash Complex, Wah Cant.

In the highly-charged final, Asim started well and raced onto take 2-0 lead, but like witnessed in the past that after taking cruise control, Asim let the things slip and allow the opponents too much liberty and complacency to stage a comeback. Israr took advantage and leveled the score at 6-6. Asim then changed the gear and started playing aggressively which helped him win the first game 11-6.

The second game was identical to the first one, where Asim first dominated and then let the opponent dictate his terms and then once again showed his authority to win the game 11-6. Israr played well in the third game and won it 11-7 and also the fourth one 12-10. Asim changed his game plan and started playing superbly to win fifth and decisive game 11-7 to land the title.

In the ladies final, Madnia outclassed Amina Fiaz. Madina was toying with Amina, as she took the first game 11-2, won the second 11-3. Amina showed some resistance in the third game and was leading 5-2, but Madina kept her cool and first leveled the game at 5-5 and then went onto take the third game 11-8 to land yet another national title.

POF Board Chairman Lt Gen Sadiq Ali, HI (M) was the chief guest in men’s final and Begum Chairman POF Board was the chief guest at the ladies final and both distributed prizes among the position holders.

Penn squash defeats in-state competition in Pennsylvania Classic win Both men's and women’s squash win tournament for second straight year


Penn women's squash junior Lindsay Stanley broke the tie at the No. 5 spot in the Quakers' victory over Drexel on Sunday.

Philadelphia may be getting colder, but Penn squash is heating up.

For the second straight year, Penn participated in the Pennsylvania State Classic Squash Tournament hosted by Franklin & Marshall College. Like last year, the tourney featured four teams: Penn, Drexel, Franklin & Marshall, and Dickinson. And just like last year, the Red and Blue handily dominated its competition.

Third-year coach Gilly Lane stressed that Penn’s wins were the result of dedication and hard work.

“[The men] have done a great job of getting [themselves] prepared for moments like these and matches that are important,” said Lane. “Both teams have put a lot of work into their preparation this year, and it was great to see it pay off.”

Renovation of Penn squash facilities to start in August

Penn women's squash's Reeham Sedky completes perfect season with national championship

After an Ivy League scrimmage in New Haven last weekend, both teams had something to prove heading into their first matches of the season. Once again, they did just that.

In their first contests of the tournament on Saturday, both the men’s and women’s teams defeated No. 17 and No. 21 Franklin & Marshall respectively — the men swept, while the women won 8-1. The men had just three matches go longer than three games, while the women swept seven of the nine matches.

Playing in the top spot for the women (2-0), last season’s Ivy League Player of the Year and defending National Champion Reeham Sedky lost just six total points on Saturday as she won 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 in a 3-0 sweep. Notably, junior Lindsay Stanley won two of her three games by shutting out her opponent, 11-0, and helped power the Red and Blue into the second round.

On Sunday, they ran into much stiffer competition against No. 9 Drexel. Though Sedky dropped just two points in another dominant victory, the Quakers were down 2-4 until wins by Julia Buchholz and Nicole Windreich evened the score. The tie would be broken by No. 5  Stanley.

Despite losing the first two games, Stanley hit a hot streak once again, fighting back to even the match at two sets apiece. With the result of the match and the Pennsylvania Classic title on the line, the junior took the fifth and final game 11-7.

Meanwhile, the men (2-0) followed up their first round victory with an 8-1 win over No. 11 Drexel, defeating their 33rd Street rivals for the second straight year.

For the second straight day, the Quakers were successful at the top and showed off their depth at the bottom of the lineup. Andrew Douglas led the way at the No. 1 spot, getting a 3-0 win.

Notably, Penn’s three freshmen — Aly Abou Eleinen, Michael Mehl, and James Flynn — are still undefeated in their college careers, and they lost just one point between them on Sunday.

“[This year’s freshman class is] pretty unique in that they’ve come in with a great junior national career. They expect big things from themselves and their teammates and, in return, their teammates expect big things from them,” Lane said. “We’re very fortunate to have them, and we’re also very fortunate to have them contribute to the culture that’s being created here.”

With a very promising start to season play, both teams will look to keep their momentum rolling. The women’s team hosts Stanford this Friday before both the men’s and women’s teams host George Washington on Saturday and Virginia on Sunday.

Egypt Holds Special Place in the Heart of Harvard Squash Players

Of the six freshmen joining Harvard’s storied squash program this year, three hail from Cairo, Egypt. They are the latest set of top recruits from a country that dominates the international squash scene.

Egypt cruised to the World Squash Federation World Team Championships last year and populates the top of the PSA World Squash Rankings, accounting for the top four men’s and the top three women’s squash players. The Middle Eastern country has been a squash superpower for decades, which junior Saadeldin Abouaish, the only non-freshman Egyptian on the squash team, partially attributes to former president Hosni Mubarak’s love for the game.

“It started in the ‘90s when there was a tournament in the pyramids,” Abouaish said. “We had one good Egyptian player at that time [Ahmed Barada] and he got a lot of publicity because the president was very into squash at that time too.”

Egyptian players are renowned for their exciting, attack-minded style of play. Admirers of creativity and flair are sure to be drawn to the Egyptian technique, which is set to become more prevalent at the college level as more and more Egyptian players make the move over to the United States.

“They are so skilled with the racket and are very offensive players,” freshman Marwan Tarek said. “They maybe aren’t as strong physically as Europeans or South Americans but they have the know-how to win.”

Freshman Hana Moatez said that squash is an expensive sport played mainly by wealthy people in Cairo and, to a lesser extent, Alexandria. But over time, Tarek claimed, it has become significantly more accessible for less well-off Egyptians.

“If you asked me 10 years ago I would have told you that it was only wealthy people playing squash in Egypt but now I think the availability of the sport has increased,” Tarek said. “There are now coaches who take less money. It’s become more for the people who are workhorses rather than just being for the wealthy.”

This accessibility has led to an explosion of participation in squash at the youth levels. And young Egyptian squash players have plenty of role models to look up to, which freshman Amina Yousry believes is a catalyst for her success on the squash court.

“We have many players who went down the same path before we did,” Yousry said. “They succeeded and we’ve grown up having big role models to look up to and follow their paths. Amr Shabana, Ramy Ashour, Karim Darwish to name a few. They are Egyptian squash legends.”

Among the scores of emerging Egyptian squash players are Tarek, Moatez, and Yousry, Harvard’s three standout freshmen. They have known each other for years and all three have played for Egypt in international competitions. Moatez and Yousry have competed against each other since they were nine years old. Abouaish, has also long known the younger Egyptians. He played on the same club team as Tarek in Egypt, and the two have been friends for nine years. But the decision to play squash for the Crimson was not equally easy for all of them.

“Since I was a kid I had my eyes on a few schools in the US since my brother moved here six years ago,” Yousry said. “I didn’t want to ditch academics or squash and I found it hard to do both in Egypt. Here in the US and especially at Harvard it’s way easier to balance between both.”

While Yousry knew for years that she wanted to play college squash in the United States, the decision was much tougher for Tarek and Abouaish.

“I wasn’t thinking of coming to a school in the US. I just wanted to finish my junior tournaments and go pro,” Tarek said. “But then I got an email from the Harvard coaches, Princeton coaches, and Yale coaches about coming to the US. I visited and felt so excited about coming here.”

Abouaish explained that he was extremely hesitant to join the Crimson because he was extremely close to his family and friends. In the end, he said he was convinced to come by Ali Farag ’14, whom he labeled a pioneer of Egyptian squash at Harvard. Two years later, he played a similar role to the one that Farag — currently ranked No. 2 in the world — played for him.

“I think me being close in age to the three freshmen allowed me to advise them and push them to come here,” Abouaish said. “It started with Ali and he kind of led the way.”

The four Crimson Egyptians universally agree that their time with the Crimson has been made much more enjoyable by the fact that there are other Egyptians around to support them and talk to them. Abouaish, the lone upperclassman, has been making Tarek feel at home and enjoys having someone to speak Arabic with. And the pair of freshmen women has the added benefit of entering college together.

“I’ve never been part of a team before so being here with international people and having one of my best friends [Moatez] along with me on the team is the best thing I have here,” Yousry said. “This is actually what’s keeping me going.”

There is no reason to believe that the pipeline from Egypt to Harvard’s squash team will close anytime soon. Given Egypt’s squash dominance and the Crimson’s recent success on the court — the women have won four straight Howe Cups and are on a 53 match winning streak, while the men have finished as national runner-ups to Trinity College twice in a row — it seems to be a connection that should endure going forward.

Tory backbencher holds another fundraiser at men-only squash club

A Manitoba government backbencher is once again holding a fundraising event at a squash club that doesn't allow women to become member...