HEAD Signs Squash Sensation Ashour

February 21st, 2007

HEAD recently announced a three-year deal with internationally renowned Egyptian squash player Ramy Ashour. Ashour will play with the new Metallix racquet from HEAD.

“We are glad to have another top five player on tour as part of the HEAD team,” said Robert Marte, executive vice president of the racquet sports division.

Ashour won his first major professional title in January 2007, when he defeated fellow HEAD player David Palmer 3-0 (11-7, 11-3, 11-4) in 32 minutes for the PACE Canadian Squash Classic.

“All the new product introductions from HEAD made my decision to change brands so easy,” said Ashour.

Born Sept. 30, 1987, in Cairo Egypt, Ashour won his first major international title in 2004, when he became the youngest player ever to win the Men's World Junior Squash Championship at age 16. He also led Egypt to a second-place finish in the team event in 2004, losing to Pakistan in the final.

Last July, he became the first player in history to win the World Junior Championships twice by defeating fellow Egyptian Omar Mosaad.

He reached his first major final at the Cathay Pacific Swiss Privilege Hong Kong Squash Open 2006 where he lost to the eventual World No. 1 fellow Egyptian Amr Shabana. En Route to the final, he defeated World No. 10 John White, World No. 3 Thierry Lincou and World No. 2 David Palmer.

Ashour's older brother, Hisham Mohd Ashour, also plays on the PSA tour.