Just as he manages to get the
Women Worlds to his Wadi Degla's in Cairo, the Dark Prince
announces that he calls it a day...
Congratulations to Karim on his fantastic career, not only
as seen by his achievements on record, but also by his
charismatic presence on the squash scene wherever he went.
Karim was a highly determined squash player with a great
work ethic and professionalism. He was a fantastic role
model for all the young players around him and a driving
force for those of his generation. His huge talent was
almost eclipsed by his toughness and will to succeed.
Darwish’s new role in coaching and sports management has
taken him away from competing as a player, but we are sure
he will become one of the very best in that too, ISA.
Wishing you and your wonderful family all the best.
buddy with the future, just saw you stop playing.
Wishing you all the best, and congrats for all you achieved.
forever in my opinion, one of the best and strongest players
I ever had the pleasure and honour to compete against!
Good luck to you brother in the next chapters of your life!
I pray you and your family are all in the best health ISA.
Till we meet again brother
a successful 16 year career and achieving most of my goals,
starting with winning the World Junior Championship to
reaching the top of the World Ranking, I decided to call it
"I started playing Squash at the age of 6, and ever since,
Squash has been my only passion.
"I was lucky I had the chance to pursue my dream as a
professional Squash player. So it's hard to believe that i
won't be competing on that high level anymore.
"No words can describe how grateful I am to my Mum and
Dad who have always believed in me, My Brother my
soulmate who was the reason I played Squash, my Wife
who was always there for me in my ups and downs.
"Of course without my Coaches and the support of my
sponsors WADI DEGLA, HEAD and RED BULL, I could have
never achieved what i have achieved today.
"I'm now the Sports Director at Wadi Degla Club (One
of the biggest Sporting Clubs in the World ), who is hosting
the Women's World Championship next December. My new goal is
helping the Sport reaching the place it deserves.
Finally, Thanks to my team
mates from Egypt, I have enjoyed the success we shared
And to all other Squash players on the PSA tour.
Congrats to the Dark Prince
on a fantastic career. It was always great to watch you play
and fun to travel among the Egyptian team with you.
Thank you for supporting women's squash and best of luck in
everything that lies ahead.
“On behalf of
the PSA and everyone involved with the professional game I
would like to congratulate Karim on a fantastic career and
wish him all the best for the future.
“Karim has been been both a tenacious competitor on the
court as well as a source of guidance and advice for many
young professionals off the court throughout his career and
his presence at PSA World Tour events will be missed."
PSA Press Release
Former World No.1 and winner of 23 PSA Word Tour titles
Karim Darwish, the 33-year-old Egyptian, has announced
his immediate retirement from professional squash.
The man from Cairo first joined the professional ranks in
March 1999 and enjoyed a meteoric rise through the
standings, taking just two years to break into the World's
Top 20 at the start of a career that would see him go on to
contest 42 tournament finals and compete in 500 world
He reached the top ten for the first time in 2003,
where he would remain for a combined 118-months, with
the crowning moment of his career coming in January 2009
when, after winning the PSA World Series Saudi International
in December, upsetting Amr Shabana, Nick Matthew and Gregory
Gaultier en-route to the title, he topped the world rankings
for the first time.
He held on to the World No.1 ranking for 11-months during
2009, a year which also saw him crowned PSA Player of
Darwish also represented Egypt in seven successive Word
Team Championships since 2001, winning the title twice
including in 2011 when he upset the odds to defeat James
Willstrop in the deciding match to take the title away from
top seeds England.
Off the court, Darwish is married to former women's World
No.11 Engy Kheirallah, with whom he has a
two-year-old son called Omar.
He is heavily involved as sporting director of the famous
Wadi Degla Sporting Club in Cairo, where the 2014
Women's World Championship will be held this December.