Squash Mad

So who won the Battle of the Brands at Worlds?

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By PIERRE BASTIEN

Is it possible to find out which squash equipment brands “won” the 2013 World Squash Championships? Let’s have a bit of fun and try to find out the top-performing racket brand, and the top-performing shoe brand.

Of course it’s clear-cut which player won the tournament: England’s Nick Matthew sealed his third world title. But since brands are used by multiple players, how do we find out which did best?

One way is to use a points system. Let’s try that – we’ll assign points based on how far each player got in the tournament. For example, Nick Matthew won the tournament using Dunlop squash rackets and Hi-Tec squash shoes, so those brands should get lots of points. A player who lost in the first round would contribute a few points to their brands of choice.

Since the PSA World Tour already has its own points system to determine player rankings, let’s borrow it. Here’s how many points the players get, based upon how far they got in the tournament:

Winner: 2,890 points
Finals: 1,900
Semi-finals: 1,155
Quarter-finals: 700
Round of 16: 410
Round of 32: 205
Round of 64: 125

Nick Matthew, then, by virtue of his win, would contribute 2890 points each to team Dunlop and team Hi-Tec. And so on down the line. (I’ve left out those earning points in the qualifying rounds…sorry guys, I still love you though.)

Without further ado or further maths, your 2013 Squash Brand World Champions are:

Squash Rackets Champion

Dunlop

Our 2013 world squash racket champion is Dunlop. The venerable mark did not have the most players using it – Prince, Tecnifibre and Harrow all boasted more players – but Dunlop carried the day thanks in large part to the performance of champion Nick Matthew and runner-up Greg Gaultier.

Meanwhile, Prince narrowly beat out Tecnifibre for the second spot.

Squash Shoes Champion

Asics

This year’s 2013 world squash shoe champion is Asics. Though the two finalists wore Hi-Tec and Adidas, Asics easily took first place thanks to its surprising depth – more than half the draw wore Asics shoes.

Second place goes to Adidas, and third prize to Hi-Tec.

The Data

For those who like to see the raw numbers, here is the complete breakdown. For further info, including the exact rackets and shoes used by each player, you can also check out my complete World Championships equipment recap on Squash Source.

RACKET BRAND

POINTS

Dunlop

5780

Nick Matthew 2890
Greg Gaultier 1900
Borja Golan 410
Olli Tuominen 205
Marwan El Shorbagy 125
Ammar Altamimi 125
Julian Illingworth 125

Prince

4125

Ramy Ashour 1155
Saurav Ghosal 700
James Willstrop 700
Tarek Momen 410
Abdullah Al Muzayen 205
Leo Au 205
Charles Sharpes 125
Ali Anwar Reda 125
Adrian Waller 125
Mohamed Abouelghar 125
Mazen Hesham 125
Nasir Iqbal 125

Tecnifibre

3705

Mohamed El Shorbagy 1155
Omar Mosaad 410
Miguel Angel Rodriguez 410
Henrik Mustonen 410
Ong Beng Hee 205
Fares Dessouky 205
Alister Walker 205
Max Lee 205
Gregoire Marche 125
Joe Lee 125
Ben Coleman 125
Chris Gordon 125

Harrow

1330

Omar Abdel Aziz 205
Omar Abdel Meguid 125
Karim Abdel Gawad 125
Jonathan Kemp 125
Andrew Wagih 125
Alan Clyne 125
Kristian Frost Olesen 125
Chris Simpson 125
Adrian Grant 125
Jaymie Haycocks 125

Head

1195
Karim Darwish 410
Nafiizwan Adnan 205
Cesar Salazar 205
Shaun Le Roux 125
Zahed Mohamed 125
LJ Anjema 125

Black Knight

1155

Daryl Selby 700
Mathieu Castagnet 205
Ryan Cuskelly 125
Joel Hinds 125

Wilson

865

Nicolas Mueller 205
Tom Richards 205
Peter Barker 205
Campbell Grayson 125
Steve Finitsis 125

Eye

700

Amr Shabana 700

Oliver

535

Simon Rosner 410
Shahier Razik 125

Karakal

410

Cameron Pilley 410

Mantis

330

Stephen Coppinger 205
Eddie Charlton 125

Grays

205

Matthew Karwalski 205

Pro Kennex

125

Raphael Kandra 125

 

SHOE BRAND

POINTS

Asics

9740

Mohamed El Shorbagy 1155
Ramy Ashour 1155
Omar Mosaad 410
Borja Golan 410
Simon Rosner 410
Cameron Pilley 410
Karim Darwish 410
Tarek Momen 410
Cesar Salazar 205
Mathieu Castagnet 205
Ong Beng Hee 205
Nafiizwan Adnan 205
Stephen Coppinger 205
Omar Abdel Aziz 205
Tom Richards 205
Max Lee 205
Abdullah Al Muzayen 205
Joe Lee 125
Julian Illingworth 125
Shaun Le Roux 125
Andrew Wagih 125
Gregoire Marche 125
Kristian Frost Olesen 125
Ryan Cuskelly 125
Alan Clyne 125
Jonathan Kemp 125
Marwan El Shorbagy 125
Eddie Charlton 125
Ali Anwar Reda 125
Jaymie Haycocks 125
Campbell Grayson 125
Raphael Kandra 125
Mazen Hesham 125
Shahier Razik 125
Mohamed Abouelghar 125
Joel Hinds 125
Ammar Altamimi 125
Steve Finitsis 125
Charles Sharpes 125
Karim Abdel Gawad 125
Nasir Iqbal 125
LJ Anjema 125

Adidas

4415

Greg Gaultier 1900
James Willstrop 700
Daryl Selby 700
Fares Dessouky 205
Peter Barker 205
Alister Walker 205
Zahed Mohamed 125
Adrian Waller 125
Chris Simpson 125
Chris Gordon 125

Hi-Tec

3920

Nick Matthew 2890
Amr Shabana 700
Matthew Karwalski 205
Omar Abdel Meguid 125

Nike

700

Saurav Ghosal 700

Salming

660

Miguel Angel Rodriguez 410
Adrian Grant 125
Ben Coleman 125

Prince

615

Henrik Mustonen 410
Leo Au 205

Wilson

205

Nicolas Mueller 205

Victor

205

Olli Tuominen 205

Read more about Pierre, rackets, shoes…in fact almost anything squash related you can think of at: www.squashsource.com

 

Posted on November 8, 2013

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Lee Horton

Former Sun, Mirror, People and Sunday Express sports executive. Knows a bit about newspapers and the art of talking a good game. Brighter than some but a way to go to match others.

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