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Ali Farag’s run continues – now final vs Matthew!

Giant-killer Ali Farag (ri) of Egypt continued his run at the 2016 Motor City Open downing France’s World No9 Mathieu Castagnet (le) 12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9 (61m) in the semis 1 day after taking out World No1 Mohamed El Shorbagy. “It feels awesome,” Farag said afterwards.

With this win Farag sets up a final against World No3 Nick Matthew from England, who beat former MCO Champion, Borja Golan of Spain in 4 games 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 (64m).

[7] Ali Farag (EGY) v [2] Nick Matthew (ENG)

[7] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [3] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9 (61m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [6] Borja Golan (ESP) 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 (64m)

[7] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-6 (66m)
[3] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-9, 7-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-2 (78m)
[6] Borja Golan (ESP) bt [4] Max Lee (HKG) 11-4, 11-2, 11-5 (35m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [8] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (40m)

1st round:
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8 (55m)
[7] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [Q] Diego Elias (PER) 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (35m)
[5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [Q] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) w/o
[3] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [Q] Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4 (46m)
[4] Max Lee (HKG) bt [Q] Leo Au (HKG) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (59m)
[6] Borja Golan (ESP) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (35m)
[8] Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Nicolas Müller (SUI) 13-11, 11-1, 19-17 (62m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9 (76m)

ASB Takes Squash Development Into Football!

Leading squash court manufacture ASB has taken its pioneering glass floor concept successfully into the world’s most popular sport football.

Earlier this month, Nike installed “the coolest football pitch ever” on the roof top of the Bikini Mall in Berlin for the finals of the German Nike Football X Cup and the European Nike Football X Cup. Furthermore, Nike demonstrated its brand performance of the 2 Champions League finalists (FC Barcelona and Juventus Turin) and the event attracted several stars, including German World Cup hero Miroslav Klose and Brazilian’s soccer legend and two-times World Cup winner Ronaldo (Ronaldo Nazário de Lima) – who both tested the pitch and picked 3 of the players each to compete in a celebrity-studded tournament.

The arena, custom-built for the 3-day event, featured a 150 sq metre sports floor football pitch – equipped with an LED screen (featured more than 15 million LEDs – 10,000 per square metre) over the entire surface. The 10m x 15m pitch (pictured above) was created by sports floor specialists ASB – incorporating the technology of the “ASB GlassFloor”, the state-of-the-art squash court floor recently launched by the German company.

“The result of the cutting-edge technology is breathtaking,” said ASB MD Christof Babinsky. The ‘screen’ was used to imitate several different surfaces – like sand, grass, concrete, gravel and even outer space. The score was displayed live on the floor and different graphic animations in foul, goal or attempt situations made the fast game even more exciting”, added Babinsky.

This initiative follows the recent announcement of the installation of the 500th ASB “Movable Wall Court” facility. This squash court development provide maximum flexibility for sports centres, where walls can easily be moved either to extend singles squash courts into doubles courts, or convert a dedicated squash facility into an open arena for multi-sport usage.

The glass floor development now offers additional benefits – where the floor markings can instantly be adjusted to suit the arena usage, thereby avoiding the current situation where numerous different ‘pitch layouts’ have to co-exist side-by-side.

A variety of sports in addition to squash – eg. badminton, basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis or even boxing – could benefit from this new cutting-edge technology. “It would be great to see Klitschko on a glass floor,” concluded Babinsky. “This technology is also made for boxing!”

Impressions of the event are on the ASB facebook-site and some videos are on youtube.

Which other Olympic sport is able to cope with this cool stuff?

Which other Olympic sport is able to cope with this cool stuff? All the squash fans in the world would propably come to the same conclusion: No way, no other sport show these interesting views, angles and now also LED lines and lights.

The Floor of the future!

The ASB GlassFloor is the most advanced flooring system in the world. Its unique aluminium substructure and the custom made surface of the glass deliver a floor ideal for a sports floor but also for its use in any modern building. article
“A cutting-edge condo amenity soon to be introduced in the GTA has the luxury of nine lives — maybe more.

It will be the world’s first convertible and multi-purpose LED-lit sports court in a condominium tower, and it’s destined for 5959 Yonge St. — a two-tower, mixed-use development now in the planning stages for the east side of Yonge St. at Cummer Ave … ”

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Squash still has a great future!

Despite being ‘devastated’ by the IOC decision to choose wrestling ahead of Squash as the ‘new’ sport to join the 2020 Olympic Games many squash fans, players and officials are convinced that squash has a ‘great future’.

“We are obviously devastated, not only for the whole sport and squash fans everywhere, but for the players, current and future that have worked so hard for this, especially the 2 World No1 players Nicol David and Ramy Ashour, who have put in so much time into the bid process. The presentation in Buenos Aires yesterday was something we can all be proud of – and shows the great future that squash has, with or without the Olympics”, said PSA CEO Alex Gough.

Among numerous reactions from players across the world, England’s former world No1 one Nick Matthew perhaps summed up the feelings: “Despite today’s disappointment the World of Squash can be massively proud of its efforts over these past 4 years.”

7 days to wait for Olympic decision!

7 days to go and the squash community will know if the Olympic dream come true – #vote4squash

Peter, Tim and the bunch of penguins!

Former world No1 Peter Nicol (le) together with business partner and friend Tim Garner (ri) started their 7 Continent Challenge tour. The bid to play 7 matches in 7 continents in 7 days, to highlight squash’s 2020 Olympic Bid, has been delay to become a 40-hour marathon journey to get in the Ascension Islands.

After Peter and Tim been invited to tea at Governor’s House with Governor Nigel Haywood both teamed up for a photo shoot together with a bunch of penguins. Afterwards Nicol won the 1st of the 7 matches 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 9-11, 12-10.