Andy Taylor Announcer. 2018 Qatar Classic Squash Championship

World #2 Ali Farag defeats 5 top-11 opponents to capture his second PSA Platinum title



Since 1992, the State of Qatar has hosted the PSA World Tour’s elite talent at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. 2018 marked the 15th anniversary of the Qatar Classic.

World #2 Ali Farag overcame one of the toughest draws any champion could endure to capture his 2nd PSA Platinum title. How tough was Farag’s draw?

For full details, click on the match recaps below.

But just imagine, after a 1st-Round Bye — he defeated the World #9, World #11, World #10, World #4, then Wold #5 to capture the title. That’s a tremendous Platinum run for a surging talent with his sights set on the sport’s top ranking.

Doha has also hosted the sport’s most prestigious tournament, the PSA World Championship in 1998, 2004, 2012 and 2014. Next year, the Qatar PSA Men’s World Championship returns from 8 November to 15 November.

** A special thanks to Fram Gommendy and Steve Cubbins for the ‘Breakfast with Fram’ interview for SquashSite

2018 Qatar Classic. Quarterfinals

2018 Qatar Classic. Round of 16

2018 Qatar Classic. Round-2

2018 Qatar Classic. Round-1

These tremendous athletes are some of the most thoughtful, modest and articulate characters in sport. Their passion to compete, respect for the game's heritage, and open embrace of new and insightful technology is both inspiring and infectious. The future of squash is now, and the game's expanding fanbase is a testimony to the talent, selflessness and humanity of today's professional players. It is truly a humbling honor to be back at the Qatar Classic Squash Championship to LOUDLY share a few moments of individual achievement with these visionary champions.
Andy Taylor