Here’s Amr Shabana from the 2014 World Champs:
Photo by Steve Cubbins ∞
Peep the shoes: he’s wearing the purple color of the Salming Race R1 2.0
Here’s a complete run-down of all the equipment used on the men’s side at the 2014 US Open. Below are all the players, listed in alphabetical order.
Here’s Amr Shabana’s racket and shoes as of the moment. He’s just switched to Salming shoes – see below for more.
This is a picture of him from the 2014 Swedish Open:
Image via Swedish Open press release
Image via salmingsquash.com
Here’s Shabana warming up at the Tournament of Champions. This is the first time I know of him being spotted with the new shoes. (Thanks to Christian Drakenberg for the tip.) Shabs actually wore his old Hi Tec S700s during the tournament itself, which he won, by the way.
Video via Laurent Cossa
The Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate squash racket is one of Dunlop’s top-of-the-line models. I’ve had a hit with the 2012 version (I think the 2013 version is the same frame). It’s got a looooong head, which feels sort of funny when I hold it, but it strikes the ball nicely.
Name: Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate
Manufacturer: Dunlop Squash
Weight: Light (132 grams)
Here’s a nice review by Paul from PDH Sports, including a comparison to the Dunlop Biomimetic Elite. He feels the Ultimate gives more control, while the Elite gives more power:
Image via controlthet.com
@squashsource preferred previous models – in terms of colour scheme. I still use a couple of custom elites (adjustable weight). Great bats
— Jon Sharpe (@JonSharpe79) January 26, 2014
The 2012 version was used by Amr Shabana, one of the greatest squash players of all time, from Cairo, Egypt.
Buy (US): amazon.com
Buy (UK): amazon.co.uk
Here’s Shabana using the Biomimetic Ultimate at the 2011 ATCO PSA World Series Finals against Gregory Gaultier:
England’s Nick Matthew won the 2013 HK Open over Borja Golan of Spain, who was appearing in his first PSA World Series final. Ramy Ashour was back in action, but had to pull out in the quarterfinals due to injury. By virtue of his victory, Nick will regain the world #1 ranking.