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PSA Player of the year: Nick Matthew .... young player of the year: Mohamed El Shorbagy ... WISPA awards: Player of the Year: Nicol David ...  most improved player: Kasey Brown ... young player: Nour El Tayeb ...

World Squash Awards Recognize Outstanding 2010 Players

A glittering and glamorous crowd gathered on Thursday evening, January 20, in the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Grand Central Terminal tournament venue for the fifth annual World Squash Awards Dinner to honor the best and brightest stars, both past and present, of the squash world.

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions second seed Nick Matthew received Player of the Year honors and seventh seed Mohammed El Shorbagy was recognized as Young Player of the Year while US squash icon Mark Talbott and renowned artist Frank Stella were recognized for their contributions to the sport.

Talbott, who dominated North American Squash with a 12-year reign as the hemisphere’s #1 ranked player and now coaches at Stanford University, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Stella was honored with a Special Services to Squash Award for his role in promoting the professional squash tournament circuit in the 1980s and spearheading the conversion of hardball singles to softball squash, paving the way for the current squash boom in the US.

“It is especially fitting that Mark and Frank were honored as each of them played a significant role in the sport’s explosion in popularity here in the US in the 1980s,” said J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions director John Nimick, co-host of the gala dinner with the World Squash Awards director and three-time Tournament of Champions titleholder Peter Nicol.

Malaysia's Nicol David received her sixth WISPA Player of the Year Award. Undefeated in 2010, David has occupied the top spot in the world rankings for six consecutive years. Australia's Kasey Brown, a 2010 Commonwealth Games triple medal winner who cracked the top 10 for the first time in 2010, was Most Improved Player of the Year.

Nour El Tayeb
, the 17-year-old Egyptian who rose from 42 to 17 in the WISPA world rankings in the past 12 months, was named Young Player of the Year.

The PSA award winners had equally remarkable playing seasons in 2010. Matthew had a six month undefeated run in 2010 and reclaimed the world #1 this month. El Shorbagy, who just finished his final school exams for the semester last week, jumped from 31 in the world rankings a year ago to his current standing at the #9 spot.

Players from the professional hardball doubles squash tour (the ISDA) received recognition for the first time at these World Squash Awards. Philadelphia native Greg Park, one of two Americans in the top 16, was delightfully surprised to receive Rookie of the Year honors. It came as no surprise that the ISDA Team of the Year was Australian Damien Mudge and Canadian Viktor Berg. Ranked #1 for the 2010 season, the team has a total of 17 tour victories in their hree playing seasons together. Mudge has occupied the top of the rankings for 12 seasons and has won 100 ISDA titles.

The World Squash Awards were founded in 2005 by Eventis Sports Marketing and are endorsed annually by the World Squash Federation (WSF), the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA). The World Squash Awards Gala Dinner was presented by Lexington Partners.
World Squash Awards Honorees


Nour El Tayeb - WISPA 2010 Young Player of the Year

Kasey Brown - WISPA 2010 Most Improved Player of the Year

Nicol David - WISPA 2010 Player of the Year

Mohamed El Shorbagy - PSA 2010 Young Player of the Year

Nick Matthew - PSA 2010 Player of the Year

Greg Park - ISDA 2010 Rookie of the Year

Damien Mudge & Viktor Berg - ISDA 2010 Team of the Year

Frank Stella - Services To Squash Honoree

Mark Talbott - Lifetime Achievement Honoree

World Squash Awards 2010,
the Nominations ...

Egypt's Ramy Ashour and Englishmen Nick Matthew and James Willstrop - winners of eight 2010 PSA Super Series titles between them - have been nominated for the PSA Player of the Year award at the 2010 World Squash Awards this week.

Ashour and Matthew each held the world's top ranking last year, with the Englishman wresting it back this month after becoming world champion for the first time in December. Willstrop is returning to New York this week to defend the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions crown he won last year.

The PSA nominations for Young Player of the Year include Aamir Atlas Khan (Pakistan), Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egypt) and Karim Abdel Gawad (Egypt).

"After one of the most successful years in our history, competition for our two awards is fiercer than ever," said PSA CEO Alex Gough.


Malaysia's Nicol David is in line to become Player of the Year for the sixth year in a row according to the WISPA nominations.

But the 27-year-old from Penang, who began her sixth year at the top of the WISPA World Rankings this month, will face still competition from former Dutch winner Vanessa Atkinson and Australia's Kasey Brown, winner of three medals in last year's Commonwealth Games.

The full list of WISPA nominees (in alphabetical order) is as follows:

   Player of the Year:
   Vanessa Atkinson (Netherlands)
   Kasey Brown (Australia)
   Nicol David (Malaysia)

   Young Player of the Year:
   Nour El Sherbini (Egypt)
   Nour El Tayeb (Egypt)
   Amanda Sobhy (USA)

   Most Improved Player of the Year:
   Kasey Brown (Australia)
   Nour El Tayeb (Egypt)
   Raneem El Weleily (Egypt)
   Joelle King (New Zealand)
   Low Wee Wern (Malaysia)

The sixth annual World Squash Awards will take place for the first time in the stunning Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal, New York, on Thursday 20th January.

The world’s leading players will be honoured at the sixth annual World Squash Awards which will take place in the stunning Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal, New York, on Thursday 20th January 2011.

This year’s awards, founded in 2005 by Eventis Sports Marketing and endorsed annually by the WSF, the PSA and WISPA, will be presented by Lexington Partners and take place the night before the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions takes centre stage in the same location

As well as embracing the PSA and WISPA Players of the Year, in acknowledgement of the North American location, this year’s awards will also honour the top new player & doubles team from the ISDA, the American hardball doubles tour.

Amongst the favourites for this year’s PSA Male Player of the Year will be World no.1 Ramy Ashour & Commonwealth Games Champion Nick Matthew while Malaysia’s World Champion & World no.1 Nicol David looks like favourite to maintain her stranglehold on the women’s award.

The glittering gala evening will be hosted by Peter Nicol MBE & John Nimick, and it has already been confirmed that special guest Frank Stella will be in attendance to collect one of this year’s awards. World renowned artist, Stella was instrumental back in the early 80s for the conversion of hardball singles to softball squash which paved the way for the squash boom in the USA.

Nicol, Director of Eventis, said “We were delighted when the opportunity came up to partner with Event Engine and its signature event the “ToC” on the World Squash Awards and to take it to such a stunning famous location. Players have loved playing on the glass court there for many years and it is a fitting venue for the awards as we look to expand their profile.”

Individual tickets or tables can be booked by anyone wishing to attend and Nicol went on to explain “we always see the event as the chance for people from all walks of squash to get together, and the great thing about taking the event to New York is that this year it will involve a whole new raft of individuals who we are sure will have a great evening and help it grow in stature.
Previous World Squash Awards






The categories and past winners of the World Squash Awards are:

PSA Male Player of Year
2005 Thierry Lincou, 2006 and 2007 Amr Shabana, 2008 James Willstrop, 2009 Kaim Darwish.

PSA Young Male Player of Year
2005 James Willstrop, 2006 and 2007 Ramy Ashour, 2008 Omar Mosaad, 2009.

WISPA Female Player of Year
2005 Vanessa Atkinson, 2006-2009 Nicol David.

WISPA Female Young Player of the Year
2005 Raneem El Weleily, 2006 Tenille Swartz, 2007 Camille Serme, 2008 Annie Au, 2009 Nour El Sherbini.

WISPA Female Most Improved Player of the Year
2005 Alison Waters, 2006 Nicolette Fernandes, 2007 Shelley Kitchen, 2008 Laura Massaro, 2009 Camille Serme.

Services to Squash Award
2007 Dicky Rutnagur, 2008 Jim Quigley, 2009 Andrew Shelley .

Lifetime Achievement Award
2005 Jahangir Khan, 2006 Jonah Barrington, 2007 Heather McKay, 2008 Geoff Hunt, Azam Khan and Hashim Khan, 2009 F.D. Amr Bey.

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