Gaultier absolutely incinerated Chris Simpson, 3-0. Every shot Gaultier hit died in the back nick on the second bounce.
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Looks like a new paint job on Gaultier’s racket. Here he is at the World Series Finals in March 2014:
Photo by Mick Anders ∞
It looks like the Dunlop Biomimetic Ultimate (though not exactly like it).
Gaultier used to promote the Dunlop Biomimetic Elite, so this is somewhat of a departure.
(Regardless, Gaultier has been using a painted version of the the Dunlop Custom ICE Elite for years.)
Thanks to Jeroen for the tip!
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:
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@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.
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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.
Here are the equipment notes from the event. All photos are by Steve Cubbins for SquashSite.
Mohamed El Shorbagy won the 2013 Qatar Classic — his first major PSA tournament victory — beating Nick Matthew in a tense 5 gamer.
Here are my equipment notes from the event. I’ve also included all the PSA Squash TV video roundups at the bottom.
Here are a few players that changed equipment since the World Championships.
Here are all the video roundups from PSA Squash TV. For full match replays you can subscribe here through my affiliate link.