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WAEL EL HINDI
Wael El Hindi enjoyed a highly successful career on the PSA World Tour as well as several championship efforts for Egypt in the World Team Championships (Gold in 2009 and Silver in 2005). El Hindi has long been regarded as one of Egypt's most talented players – first making his mark in the USA in 1998 when he reached the final of the World Junior Championship as a 5/8 seed. He bookended that success in the USA by capturing his only major professional title at the 2010 US Open in Chicago. Steady results on the Tour saw the often sleeveless and clamdigger-clad showman achieve a career best ranking of World No. 8 in November 2008. The 35-year-old is originally from Giza, but now resides in New York City where he is a private coach.
Clinton Leeuw is a current PSA player who represents South Africa. He earned a career-high world ranking of No. 79 in May 2013, and remains in the top 100 players in the world. Clinton moved from Boston over a year ago to take on responsibilities as Assistant Pro at the New York Athletic Club, but returns regularly to support both the SquashBusters Derby and the MashUp in Lawrence.
Peter Nicol was world No. 1 for 60 months on the PSA World Tour and captured more than 50 pro titles in a pro career that concluded in 2006. The legendary Scot-turned-Englishman was awarded the MBE in Britain in 1999 for services to squash. Peter recently relocated to New York City where he and wife Jessica Winstanley manage an extensive range of squash coaching enterprises as well as their young son Bode.
Record-breaker Amanda Sohby is one of the brightest stars on the PSA Women’s World Tour. The Sea Cliff, NY native was the first Tour player to win three titles as a 16-year-old. After winning the World Junior Championship in 2010, she dominated college squash for four years while attending Harvard University – never losing a match and winning four straight Intercollegiate Singles Titles. While juggling studies in her Anthropology major, college squash, and select pro tour competition, she was able to break in to the world’s top ten ranked positions in September 2014. Sohby sent notice to the sport as a whole of greater success to come when she rocketed through the World-Series level Tournament of Champions in January 2016, capping her best-ever world tour performance as a runner-up to Egyptian Nour El Sherbini.
Mark Talbott is Director of Squash at Stanford University. During his record setting WPSA pro hardball career, the Dayton, OH native was world No. 1 from 1983-1995 and won 70% of the pro tournaments he played, capturing more than 70 singles titles and another 10 major doubles titles. Mark was named to the inaugural class of the US Squash Hall of Fame 2000.