Ramy Ashour

He is a professional squash player from Egypt. He reached the world number one ranking in January 2010, after beating Nick Matthew in the final of the 2009 Saudi International Squash Tournament. At 22, he became the youngest player to reach number one in the world since the 1980s. Prior to this, he was the first two-time World Junior Squash champion. He has won numerous other titles during his career, including the World Open Championship.

Your fitness is extremely important to you. Where do you normally train?

I normally train in the national stadium where all players meet. We’re lucky because there’s lots of good Egyptian players. Good to have the competition. We can raise each other’s levels. When I’m in New York, I go to an athletic club. 

24 hrs With…

I usually wake up at 8.30am, get breakfast and catch my train. I normally get to the stadium by 10am and warm up for 40 minutes. I play a one-hour session, followed by a cool down.

After that I rest a little bit, eat some of my mother’s quality food before starting the afternoon session at about 6pm.  

How do you relax?

I relax on the weekends; I leave the squash world behind and just take some proper time out. I also eat a lot of Sushi on the weekends, that’s the ideal for me.

What’s your perception of Concrete and what does it mean to you?

When I was young, it was all about Concrete. My dad used to take me there, like all other dads – so everyone has grown up with the brand and knows all about it! In the latest collection I really like the grey navy boots and the blue shirt; they have a sporty and casual look that suits me.

How would you describe your style?

I feel most comfortable when I mix smart and casual. When I am wearing a suit with Converse, for example. A shirt and jeans with sneakers or high-tops. I want to feel sporty but smart.