Four-time World Champion Amr Shabana
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
“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 realise 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 endeavours.”