Dec 23rd, 2009 |
Did you know this was happening? I didn’t. But apparently the world’s best squash players were in Saudi Arabia last week, duking it out for the top spot in the squash rankings. Only reason I found out about it was because of a friend, Umar Aziz, who’s a friend, an a pretty decent squash player himself.
In all honesty, I didn’t know much about squash starting off the week. In fact, I’ll admit being one of those people who knew the players and not the game itself (ahem.. women?). Particularly because the sport, for the past two decades or so, has been dominated by Pakistanis. The names of Jahangir and Jansher Khan are still legendary in the world of squash.
Of course, that era is all but over. Seemingly gone south with Pakistan’s political fortunes. But I’m glad to report, that the sport is still dominated by brown people. For we are the superior race (Heil Gandi!). While Pakistan’s current offerings, Amir Atlas Khan (nephew of Jansher) and Farhan Mahboob, failed to make too much of a dent, it was the Egyptians who stole the show!
Yes, I understand that was a totally politically incorrect summary of a squash tournament. But let’s be honest here, you’re here for the lols and the pics
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The glass squash court where the games were played. Not only do they allow spectators to view the game from all sides, the strip of glass in the front of the court allows photographers to get a full view of the court!
Farhan Mahboob, representing Pakistan. Pardon the observation, but this guy was amazingly flexible! As a pre-requisite, squash is also one of the most stamina demanding sports in the world. Stamina and flexibility also help in 'other' aspects of life. Can you guess? ;P
Adrian Grant playing the heartbreaking match (for me!) where he would knock out Farhan Mahboob.
Teehee! Funny moment. Adrian and Farhan have committed the unforgivable faux pas of wearing the same outfit to a squash game. Someone call the fashion police.
Farhan gloating over his downed opponent after slashing his throat with a squash racquet, as Adrian begs for mercy. For the record, I might not have a complete grasp on the rules of squash, so my commentary might be slightly off.
Nick Mathew. This man would make it to the finals and face off against Ramy Ashour. Wow he looks into it.
His opponent, and fellow Englishman, James Willstrop. Now this is an observation from an outsider about squash players. White players play very conventional squash. No insane moves, just good squash, looking for openings. Those from the 'brown' countries tend to play riskier games.
Another moment of insanity. David Palmer goes for a quick spank in the match against Stewart Boswell
One of Egypt's contributions to the Squash cup, Mohamed El Sherbagy was an absolute delight to shoot. He was also and really nice guy! Oh and he won.
His opponent, Peter Barker, put on a great show as well, making this one of the more fun games to watch!
Eyes on the Ball! Now right after the ball was hit by any of the squash players, it would come hit the glass wall right front of the photographers. This cause much involuntary flinching. I imagine a hit from a squash ball would sting. Much like a wet towel whipped at you in the locker.
Ramy Ashour, the favorite to win the tournament (who did eventually WIN the tournament : D). It was amazing how he got the crowd going.
Ramy's opponent, the Englishman Alister Walker. It turns out Alister is from Botswana, a country I never thought I'd mention on my blog.
I don't know about squash, but I think that move is only allowed in Rugby. Somebody give this man a red card.
I think I've seen Hip-Hop dancers do that move.
SHIIIIIIIIIIIII- ;P Did I mention Ramy won? : D
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