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As of January 2020, six of the top ten male players in the world are Egyptian and half of the top ten women are Egyptian as well. Even at Suffield Academy we currently have three Egyptians playing on the Boys Varsity Team.
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The Suffield Academy Boys’ Squash Team There is no question that Squash is a sport dominated by Egyptians. As of January 2020, six of the top ten male players in the world are Egyptian and half of the top ten women are Egyptian as well. Even at Suffield Academy we currently have three Egyptians playing on the Boys Varsity Team. Suffield Academy’s very own Boys Varsity Squash squad is made up of ten members from five countries; Captain Judge Burke ’20, Andrew Gingold ’21, Stephen Greco ’21, and Jack Jennings ’21 from the United States of America, Zander Desnoes ’22 from Jamaica, Jangmin Song ’21 from Japan, Elm Piyasombatkul ’21 from Thailand, and Omar Zakaria ’21, Marwan El-Bendary ’21, and Maurice Ghattas ’20 from Egypt.
Omar Zakaria ’21, a resident of Cairo, Egypt has been playing Squash for ten years. He holds the #1 spot on the Suffield Academy ladder and is currently one of the top ten New England High School Players. Zakaria has an estimated US Squash Rating of 5.27. To put that number into perspective, the average rating for high school players is 3.56 and the Suffield Boys Varsity team has an average rating of 4.1. Omar started playing when he was five years old. “I remember the first feeling on court” Zakaria says, recalling the joy he finds every time he steps on court. Omar’s style of play is very basic; it is one of two major styles played in squash. His agility, patience, accuracy, and ability to read the game are what make Omar such a great player.
Marwan El-Bendary ’21 is also from Cairo, Egypt. El-Bendary is currently playing #2 on the Suffield ladder and has a rating of 4.64. His style of play is the second major style commonly seen in Egyptian players. Marwan’s deceptive set up allows him to confuse his opponents and set up attacking shots. For example, in Marwan’s forehand, has 5 different options: a drive, a crosscourt, a straight drop, forehand trickle boast, and crosscourt nick. Marwan’s style of play has given way to a successful season so far. He was a record nine wins and four losses, against some of the toughest competition in the United States.
Maurice Ghattas ’20 is currently 8th in the ladder and has a US Squash rating of 3.9. Maurice possesses talent that many of his teammates refer to as “the hands of god.” His constant aggressive shooting and pin-point accuracy allow him to hold the depth in the Suffield Academy ladder.
Suffield Academy’s very own Egyptian trio supports the common claim that Egyptians dominate the sport of squash. They bring talent from 5500 miles away to our campus. Catch them in action this season as Suffield Academy faces off on February 26. Suffield attended the US Nationals 2020 and New England Championships on February 21-23 and will compete again February 28-March 1.