11 POINTS WITH OMAR MOSAAD
Interview by ALAN
Omar, it’s wonderful to see you back at Canary Wharf, especially
as you are the top seed this year. How does it feel to be at
your highest-ever ranking of four in the world?
It is a big achievement for me to be number four right now and I
am aiming to be number 1, so I am setting everything up to reach
that position as soon as possible.
2: What do you think are the main reasons for your rise up
the rankings? You look slimmer and fitter, but have you made any
changes in the way you are playing the game?
As you know, if you keep doing the same things that you have
done during your life, you are going to get the same results, so
in order to get different results you have to be willing to try
new things. And I think that my team is doing a great job
3: As a very tall guy (6ft 4in) how do you take care of
Actually this is a good question, because there is something
that almost nobody knows and is that ten years ago I got injured
in my lower back and I had to stop for three months so after the
injury I had to take more care of my back, doing more core work
4: Do you feel that being tall gives you some advantages, like
reaching for a volley or stretching to dig out a difficult shot?
Yes, actually I believe that everyone has advantages and
disadvantages and the key here is how to manage your advantages
to become so skillful at them and I am lucky to be this tall
which is of course yes, a big advantage inside court.
5: Are there any
disadvantages, in squash and in life, in being so tall? Like
ducking under the low doors on the London Underground, for
example! Or buying clothes?
Ha-ha! Yes, I found this is a big disadvantage, especially when
I need to buy my squash shoes. If you know where to find
adipower stabil adidas size 13 shoes, please just tell me!
6: Egypt is so strong in squash right now, with Mohamed
Elshorbagy at world number one and four other players in the
world top ten. What are the reasons for Egypt being so dominant
in both men’s and women’s squash right now?
I think it is because it is easy to train with each other
specially if you live in Cairo and of course the competition
makes everyone to be at his/her best. And also it is a great
opportunity for juniors to watch all these professional players
and their tactics and training.
7: Who are the main coaches responsible for producing so
many talented players? What is Amr Shabana’s role with Squash
Egypt? And what help is he able to give you during the major PSA
There are a lot of great coaches in Egypt and of course Amr
Shabana has been of great support being beside us after his
retirement, especially at this high level where we are right
8: Please tell us about the Wadi Degla Club in Cairo.
It is a club located in Cairo and there are some branches around
the city and soon to come in Alexandria. This year the club will
be holding the World Open and in my opinion it is going to be
very interesting event because it will be the first time for
men. The good thing for me is that it is only five minutes away
from my house, so I won’t need to look for a hotel.
9: You had an outstanding run of results to reach the
World Championship final in Seattle in November, beating Borja
Golan, Ramy Ashour and Tarek Momen before finishing runner-up to
Gregory Gaultier in the final. What were the things you did well
In those tournaments I was taking one step at a time: thinking
about each match individually and not thinking really in
reaching the final, that is why I could get through tough
matches, starting from the second round.
10: Your quarter-final
match against Ramy had an astonishing scoreline: 11-8, 11-7,
1-11, 1-11, 11-5. What happened in the third and fourth games?
And how did you pull it round in the fifth?
In the first game I slipped and fell on my arm, and also felt
some pain in my right leg. That’s why in the third and fourth
game I started struggling with my movement. However, I tried to
keep going so I changed my tactics; all credit for him in the
third and fourth games. He played really well.
In the fifth game I started very well. Suddenly he started
struggling with his movement and then I found myself winning the
match. I was really sorry for him, all respect for him for being
a true player and playing the match until the end.
11: What are your plans, targets and ambitions for the
rest of 2016?
The first one is to become world number one, and then to win the
World Open at the Wadi Degla Club later this year.
Thank you for talking to us, Omar. Good luck next week at