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Squash legend Amr Shabana announces retirement
Egypt’s four-time squash World Champion Amr Shabana has announced his retirement at the age of 36.
Shabana decided to retire from the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour after a successful 20-year career, which saw him capture a total of 33 PSA World Tour titles.
“I am retiring from PSA, but I am not retiring from Squash and I am not hanging my rackets up just yet,” Shabana said.
“This is just the beginning of a new and exciting era where I will be serving the game in new and innovative ways and giving you the fans new and unprecedented free access to me in the coming months,” he added.
The Maestro explained that he’ll be focusing on helping people find their inner strength and achieve their potential on and off the court.
“To anyone who has ever came in contact with me and contributed to my long journey to the top, I thank you for your support from the bottom of my heart,” Shabana concluded.
In April 2006, Shabana became the first Egyptian to top the PSA world ranking. He managed to hold on the position for 33 unbroken months, to become the fifth longest-standing world number one of all-time.
The legendary champion paved the way for Egypt’s domination of the squash scene, as he was the first Egyptian ever to win the World-Open title in 2003. By 2009, Shabana has already had four World-Open titles to his name.
Shabana won a host of other prestigious titles, including four Hong Kong Open titles, as well as winning the US Open in 2009 and 2011.
The left-handed ‘Maestro’ was also part of the Egyptian team who won the 2009 Men’s World Team Squash Championships.