Report courtesy of PSA.
Egyptian four-time World Champion Amr Shabana, the man known as the ‘Maestro’ on the PSA World Tour, has retired from competitive professional squash with immediate effect, bringing to an end an illustrious 20-year career.
The 36-year-old, who turned professional in 1995, hangs up his PSA World Tour racket as one of the most decorated players in the history of the sport, claiming a total of 33 PSA World Tour titles and having topped the World Rankings for a total of 33-months – the fifth longest reign in history.
Competing in over 180 tournaments and playing over 500 matches, Shabana has been a consistent face inside the world’s top ten for 140 consecutive months but will now dedicate his time to other pursuits within the squash community.
“After spending 20 years as a competitive pro athlete in the beautiful sport of squash I have decided that this is the perfect time for me to step down and relinquish my spot in the top 10 and retire from the PSA,” said Shabana.
“I am now going to focus on my other passion which is to help people worldwide realize their hidden potential and find their inner strengths.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank first and foremost all of you fans around the world, I have been extremely humbled by your immense support over the years. To all the amazing athletes I have had the pleasure to compete against, thank you for the memories. To the squash media, thank you for your continued support and off course last but not least to my wife and family thank you for your unconditional love and devotion especially when it got tough.”
PSA Chief Operating Officer Lee Beachill said: “Amr Shabana’s presence will be sadly missed from the professional circuit as he is a player who is admired across the sport, from amateur players to his fellow pros.
“Shabana has been a joy to watch throughout his 20 years on the professional circuit and on behalf of the whole squash community I would like to wish him well in his future endeavors.”