England’s Nick Matthew moved into the second round with a 3-0 win over compatriot Joe Lee.
Photo by Steve Cubbins ∞
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.
You can see the pattern by the pinky toe (marked with a blue arrow above) matches the S701, Nick’s longtime shoe:
Here’s the actual Infinity Flare:
After word got out that out that Nick’s shoes were painted to look like a newer model, Nick responded:
Hi-Tec are perhaps the only company out there who invest time, money and resources into a shoe ESPECIALLY for squash. Asics & Adidas, to use two examples are both ‘court’ or ‘indoor’ shoes not specific to the needs of squash. It is very difficult to make a shoe which suits every foot, as we found out to our cost last year.
We are very confident in the new shoe suiting as many people as possible. And being a great product, I wouldn’t have put my name to it otherwise. My shoe has a slight tweak on the toe because of the unique nature of my foot which wouldn’t be appropriate to 99 per cent of other people. I look forward to continued success with Hi-Tec, the world’s number one squash shoe maker.”
Seems like more than just a ‘slight tweak on the toe’ to me. It’s a wholly different shoe, right?
My take is it’s a custom shoe that fits Nick’s weird foot. Yes, it’s the old S701 shape, but Hi-Tec no longer sells it, so it’s de facto custom. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m sure the golf clubs Tiger Woods plays with are not the same ones you buy in the store. Still, it might be nice if the manufacturers were more up front about this stuff. (Ahem, that includes Dunlop too.)
For their part, Hi-Tec made me laugh with their response:
— Hi-Tec (@hitecsports) December 4, 2013
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.
The 2013 World Squash Championships just concluded in Manchester, with England’s Nick Matthew claiming the title in a tense 5 games over Greg Gaultier of France.
I’ve also included all the Squash TV highlight videos at the bottom of this post. Click here to jump to the highlight videos.
No photo :(. But it’s impressive that Steve Cubbins got great pictures of 63 out of 64 players, considering there were matches going on across three different courts. Here’s a screenshot from Squash TV:
Racket: Prince EXO3 Rebel
Shoes: Asics Gel Progressive I think
Here are all the video highlights from PSA Squash TV.
Click here to watch full match replays on Squash TV (affiliate link).