British Open 2013 Squash Equipment Review (Men)

British Open Squash 2013
Photo: Jordan Mansfield

Ramy Ashour beat Greg Gaultier to win the 2013 British Open. Ramy went undefeated for the ENTIRE SEASON. That is astounding.

Ramy faced intense competition this year. You can watch his matches on PSA Squash TV. My favorites include:

Anyway I like to post equipment roundups of tournaments, and I have been working on this one for a while, so without further ado, I present the (almost) complete list of equipment for the 2013 British Open men’s draw. (The women’s recap is available here.) Thanks to Steve Cubbins, Steve Line, and Jordan Mansfield for the photos, and Richard Majlinder for the tips via Twitter.

Adrian Grant
No photo, sorry Adrian. I confirmed on Squash TV he was playing with the Harrow Spark and wearing the Salming Race R1.

Adrian Waller (red shirt)
Racket: Prince EXO3 Rebel
Shoes: Adidas Adipower Stabil 10
Photo: Steve Line
adrian waller

Ali Anwar Reda
Racket: Prince EXO3 Pro Tour
Shoes: Asics Seigyo
Photo: Steve Cubbins
ali anwar reda

Alister Walker
Racket: Tecnifbre Suprem NG 130
Shoes: Adidas Adipower BT Feather
Photo: Steve Cubbins
alister walker

Andrew Wagih
Racket: Harrow Jonathan Power Custom Spark
Shoes: Asics Gel Flashpoint
Photo: Steve Cubbins
andrew wagih

Borja Golan
Racket: Dunlop Biomimetic Pro GT-X 140
Shoes: Asics Gel Domain 2
Photo: Steve Cubbins
borja golan

Cameron Pilley
Racket: Karakal Tec Gel 120
Shoes: Asics Gel Blast 4
Photo: Steve Line
cameron pilley

Chris Simpson (blue shirt)
Racket: Harrow Vibe
Shoes: Adidas Court Stabil 5 W
Photo: Steve Line
chris simpson

Daryl Selby
Racket: Head Argon2 145
Shoes: Adidas Opticourt
Photo: Steve Cubbins
daryl selby

Greg Gaultier
Racket: Dunlop Biomimetic Elite 2013 paint job, but probably a Dunlop Custom Ice Elite frame
Shoes: Adidas Adipower Stabil 10
Photo: Steve Cubbins
greg gaultier

Henrik Mustonen
Racket: Tecnifibre Carboflex 130
Shoes: Prince NFS V
Photo: Steve Cubbins
henrik mustonen

James Willstrop
Racket: Prince EXO3 Pro Tour
Shoes: Adidas Adipower Stabil 10
Photo: Steve Line
james willstrop

Joe Lee (red shirt)
Racket: Tecnifibre Carboflex 130
Shoes: ?
Photo: Steve Line
joe lee

Jonathan Kemp
Racket: Harrow Custom Vibe
Shoes: Asics Gel Progressive
Photo: Steve Cubbins

Karim Abdel Gawad
Racket: Harrow Custom Vibe
Shoes: Asics Gel Blade 3
Photo: Steve Line
karim abdel gawad

Karim Darwish
Racket: Head Xenon 135
Shoes: Asics Gel Blade 3
Photo: Steve Cubbins
karim darwish

LJ Anjema
Racket: Head Argon2 145
Shoes: Asics Gel Blade 3
Photo: Steve Cubbins
lj anjema

Marwan El Shorbagy
Racket: Dunlop Biomimetic Tour CX
Shoes: Asics Gel Beyond
Photo: Steve Cubbins

Miguel Angel Rodriguez (blue shirt)
Racket: Tecnifibre Carboflex 130
Shoes: Salming Race R1
Photo: Steve Line
miguel angel rodriguez

Mohamed El Shorbagy (white shirt)
Racket: Tecnifibre Carboflex 125
Shoes: Asics Gel Blast 3
Photo: Steve Line
mohamed el shorbagy

Nicolas Mueller (white shirt)
Racket: Wilson Tour BLX
Shoes: Wilson Court Elite 1000
Photo: Steve Line
nicolas mueller

Nick Matthew
Racket: Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130
Shoes: Hi Tec S701 4SYS
Photo: Steve Cubbins
nick matthew

Olli Tuominen
Racket: Dunlop Biomimetic GTX 130
Shoes: Victor squash shoes, not sure which model
Photo: Steve Cubbins
olli-tuominen

Omar Mosaad (on the right)
Racket: Tough to tell in this picture but he’s using a Tecnifibre Carboflex 130
Shoes: Asics Gel Blast 4
Photo: Steve Line
omar mosaad

Ong Beng Hee (red shirt)
Racket:  Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130
Shoes: Asics Gel Progressive
Photo: Steve Line
ong beng hee

Peter Barker
Racket: Wilson Tour BLX
Shoes: Adidas Stabil Optifit
Photo: Steve Cubbins
peter barker

Ramy Ashour
Racket: Prince Airstick 130
Shoes: Asics Seigyo
Photo: Steve Line
ramy ashour

Ryan Cuskelly
Racket: Black Knight Magnum Frost
Shoes: Asics Gel Volley Elite
Photo: Steve Cubbins
ryan cuskelly

Saurav Ghosal
Racket: Prince EXO3 Rebel
Shoes: Nike Multicourt 10
Photo: Steve Cubbins

Simon Rosner
Racket: Oliver Apex RS7
Shoes: Asics Gel Domain
Photo: Steve Line
simon rosner

Steve Coppinger (in back)
Racket: Mantis Power 110
Shoes: Asics Gel Rocket 6
Photo: Steve Line
steve coppinger

Tarek Momen
Racket: Prince EXO3 Rebel
Shoes: Asics Gel Blade 3
Photo: Steve Cubbins

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7 comments… add one

  • One thing I did notice – no matter the brand of racket, a majority of players seem to be using green strings. I’m assuming it’s Technifibre 305.

    Also, Nick Matthew back to the S701′s, not the Infinity Flares?? Doesn’t look good for Hi Tec’s latest…

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    • Hi Bopper, you’re right, it does seem like Tecnifibre 305 is the clear favorite for strings. And it’s funny that Nick Matthew sticks with the S701′s. He’s usually so keen on having the latest equipment. The Infinity Flares must be uncomfortable for him.

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  • Ali anwar reda and James willstrop are using the exo3 pro tour, not the exo3 tour.

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    • Good point Marlin, I have updated. Thanks

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  • I believe Gaultier is actually using a line of dunlop that will be released soon, the biofibre line. Paint job is slightly different than the elite, trying to figure out what racquet he was using was driving me crazy during the BO. A dunlop rep came to a camp with the latest line. Thanks for compiling this, great to have a reference for what the best use!

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    • Thanks Will. I haven’t heard the “biofibre” term before. I was able to track down a picture: http://www.gstrings.co.za/Images/Large/Dunlop%20Biomimetic%20Elite%20Biofibre.jpg

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    • I wouldn’t be surprised if Gaultier is still using the Custom Ice Elite, with the new paint job (as Pierre noted on Squashsite forum). You can tell by the shape of the handle where it tapers back into the throat area.

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