And Now the Giant US Open 2014 Equipment Report for Men

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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.

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Amr Shabana Racket and Shoes

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:
Amr Shabana Squash Racket and Shoes
Image via Swedish Open press release

Amr Shabana Racket
Shabs is using the Eye X-Lite 120 Control. Here’s a picture:
Eye X-Lite 120 Control Squash Racket
Image via eyerackets.com

You can learn more on the Eye Rackets Website (not an affiliate link).

Amr Shabana Shoes
As of the 2014 Swedish Open, he’s switched to Salming squash shoes. He’s using the Salming Race R1 2.0. Here’s a picture:

Salming Race R1 2.0 Squash Shoes
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

Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate 2013 & 2012

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.

Racket specs
Name: Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate
Colors: Black/Yellow
Manufacturer: Dunlop Squash
Weight: Light (132 grams)
Balance: head-light

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:

Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate 2013

Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate 2013
Image via controlthet.com

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Jon says:

 


Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate 2012

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The 2012 version was used by Amr Shabana, one of the greatest squash players of all time, from Cairo, Egypt.

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Here’s Shabana using the Biomimetic Ultimate at the 2011 ATCO PSA World Series Finals against Gregory Gaultier:

2013 HK Open Squash Equipment Report (Men)

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.

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