1 AMR SHABANA (Egypt)

LOOK OUT FOR: Amazing racket head speed and shot-making ability.
Amr Shabana was Egyptís first winner of the World Open title in 2003, when he powered through the field as ninth seed to win the event in Pakistan. Since then he has added two more World Open titles and numerous other tournament triumphs during an illustrious career in which he has held down the world No.1 ranking slot for an unbroken spell of almost three years, which emphasises just how strong he is.

I hope he will be in full working order after a recent injury in the States. He will be 30 this year but he still has the hunger to compete and train at the highest level.

We have seen a gradual evolution in his style of play, from a very open shot maker to a clinical finisher with a very strong basic game. I know that sounds ridiculous for such a great shot player but he has matured into a truly majestic all-round player.

I have spoken to him about the changes in his career and he puts it down to a fundamental change in his priorities, first of all getting married and becoming a father, and his religious beliefs.

Shabana recently accepted an invitation to become President of the PSA, the governing body of the Menís World Tour.
FACT FILE:

Current world ranking: 2
Highest: 1

Left hander

Born: July 29, 1979 (Cairo)

Main titles: 22 PSA titles including World Open (3 times), Hong Kong Open (4 times), Qatar Classic, Saudi International, Tournament of Champions (New York), Bermuda Masters, Canadian Classic, Heliopolis Open, Windy City Open (Chicago), Spanish Open, St Louis Open, Hungarian Open.

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