Karim Abdel Gawad
Age : 25
HWR : 2
PSA titles : 16 Finals
: 24 Events : 97
Matches : 270
When you started out in 2016, did you think
that you would be World Champion ?
That was a dream for me that I was working for from years ago. A
dream I was always thinking of and putting it in my mind
everytime I went on court to practice, everytime I was feeling
tired and stiff in the mornings and thinking to rest and skip
training, I was thinking of the moment I would hold the world
championship trophy ...
I wasn't expecting it this year though, but the good start I had
in the beginning of the season starting from Hong Kong, winning
Al-Ahram and reaching the semis in the U.S. Open gave me lot of
confidence and belief that I can win.
How did you get started in Squash ?
I started when I was 6 , I wanted to play soccer like many kids
but my father preferred if I could play an individual sport, my
father took me and my sister to the squash courts and as a kid I
said yes I want to play.
To be honest I still remember my feelings that day, I was scared
if I didn't accept this sport he would 't let me play any other
sport, so that's why I said yes, but since then I can't imagine
my life without playing squash ...
What aspect of squash do you love the most ?
I love the competition so much , I love to prove myself when
people don't believe in me, I also gained so many experience in
such a young age from traveling and meeting new people.
did you get involved in Team Harrow ?
In 2012, I was very lucky to receive an email from
Harrow asking to sponsor me. They know how to treat professional
athletes and they are like a family to the players ..
What racquet do you use ?
What do you like about it ?
I use Vibe racket, I actually use it since I started playing
with Harrow back in 2012, I just love everything about it - the
balance, the weight and the grip, I feel it's perfectly matched
with my game, so I really recommend anyone who likes the short
game to just play with this racket
What player do you like to practice with the most ?
There is a lot of good and top players that I enjoy practicing
with in Egypt, such as Tarek Momen, Karim Ali, Omar Meguid and
Mohamed Aboulghar, but the one I most enjoyed practicing with is
Amr Shabana before he retired and moved to Canada.
What is the best thing about playing and
traveling on the PSA tour ? The worst ?
The best thing about the sport is that you get to travel to many
nice countries and make great relations and friends out from the
sport, I have my best mates and friends from South Africa, the
SACD team, without squash I wouldn't have had the chance to meet
The worst part, sometimes you get too tired to travel and
compete in another tournament, sometimes you feel too tired to
wake up and go practice, sometimes you lose matches that you
were too close to win then you can't forget for many days and
keep thinking about it during the late nights and can't fall
asleep then have to push yourself to train and get over it.
event and why ?
I really enjoyed playing Al-Ahram, maybe because I really wanted
to play there badly since I was 9 years old.
I think watching Barada and Shabana playing there was the
turning point in my career and since then I wanted to take
squash very seriously and wanted it to be my career and to be a
full time player.
If there is one thing you could change in the sport, what
would it be?
If I could change one thing in the sport it would be the
refereeing system. I believe with the technology we have now we
can make much less mistakes, for example we have the technology
to go for a review if you are not sure about the double bounces,
it will help the sport to grow ...
What would you like to see happen to make the sport grow ?
I really wish to make the squash players stars, I hate to
compare but I have to now, I wish squash players could be one
day like tennis players. I think our sport is great, small
things can make the sport more popular and in the right position
that it deserves to be in.
What are your goals for 2017 ?
My goals in 2017 is to achieve number one in the world, to play
the world team championship and to win another world