The North American Open is going on now in Richmond. The USA’s Chris Gordon upset both Adrian Waller and Zac Alexander, both times by scores of 12-10 in the fifth, to reach the main draw, where he will face off against Tarek Momen.
Here’s Chris, with Zac Alexander in the background:
The Tecnifibre Carboflex 130 squash racket is used by Nour El Sherbini of Egypt on the WSA World Tour and Miguel Angel Rodriguez on the PSA World Tour. It was also used by Mohamed El Shorbagy on the PSA World Tour, though he’s since switched to the Tecnifibre Carboflex 125.
The Carboflex 130 is made of Graphite (boring) and Basaltex™ (exciting) technology. What’s Basaltex™, you ask? Well, according to the Basaltex website, this seems to mean products made of basalt. In case you didn’t know, that’s cooled-off lava.
That’s right: if you play with this racket, you can say your racket is made from lava. Why is that good? Well for starters, you can say your racket is made from lava. But in addition, if you are ever playing squash and the court becomes covered with red-hot molten lava, your racket will be more likely to survive than your opponent’s racket.
If you are really keen on lava-based rackets, you may also want to check out the Wilson Tour BLX.
Here is Mohamed El Shorbagy using his Carboflex 130 in an insanely long rally against England’s Peter Barker, who happens to use the Wilson Tour BLX. In case you aren’t paying attention, this means both players are using rackets made of lava! Unfortunately the court did not flood with lava during this point, so we are not able to witness the high melting point of these rackets, but we are nevertheless treated to an exceptional squash point:
And here is Nour El Sherbini, on fire, with the 2011 version of this racquet: