Ashour tipped to produce squash masterclass
Ramy Ashour, a three-times world champion, will be the star turn at next week's Axis Squash Challenge and Professional Exhibition.
Ashour will take on Ryan Cuskelly, the world No 16, in the main game at the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association in Devonshire next Saturday.
Micah Franklin, the Bermuda champion and world No 173, will face fellow islander Noah Browne, the world No 287, in the opening match of the night, a replay of last year's National Championships final.
Patrick Foster, the BSRA director of squash, has no doubt that Ashour, 28, will deliver a masterclass of squash for the spectators.
“Squash stars don't come much bigger than the mercurial Ramy Ashour, known on the PSA [Professional Squash Association] World Tour as “The Artist” for his amazing skills and ability to return impossible shots from impossible positions.
“We're all really excited for the exhibition night to see young Bermudian professionals on the big stage, as well as a star like Ramy here on the Bermuda courts.
“The event looks like it's lining up to be a big success as always and will be topped off with a fantastic night of squash with the professionals.”
Cuskelly has had a stellar season climbing up the world rankings after eight PSA World Tour titles.
“I'm so glad to get the chance to come back to beautiful Bermuda, meet the players and kids here and have the opportunity to get on court with Ramy again,” Cuskelly said.
The four-day challenge features 16 teams made up of four players, with individual handicaps to level out the standards and provide the best competition possible.
This year's competition will also include an AXIS Junior Challenge, running the same format and being held after school.
Both the adult and team events are sold out with a maximum of 96 players taking part.
Tickets for the exhibition night, costing $50, are on sale at the BSRA. For more details visit www.bermudasquash.com.