The Atlanta Masters

Bob Burton, John White, Danielle Maur, Leslie Blythe, Keith Clemens, Amr Shabana and Andre Maur after the exhibition.

Bob Burton, John White, Danielle Maur, Leslie Blythe, Keith Clemens, Amr Shabana and Andre Maur after the exhibition.

By Andre Maur

The Atlanta Masters was a total sell out and not even a seat  was available for the final between the current World No. 1 Amr Shabana from Egypt against the former World No. 1 John White from Scotland.

With 130 packed squash enthusiasts they were in for a treat and a treat was just what they got from these two world-class players. With more room it still would have been sold out and several players had to be turned away at the door for last minute tickets. With an open bar and a $2000 buffet from Atlanta Creative Events the crowd had everything they asked for.

Squash was at its finest with both players entertaining the crowd with shots and jokes. The 90-min match was one of the best I have ever seen and one can see why Amr is the No. 1 player in the world. Amr squeezed 12-10 in the fifith and the crowd were amazed how athletic and flexible these players are. With over 20 juniors in the front row both players signed shirts, hats and posed for pictures of their future stars to be. After the game both players took the time to answer any questions from the crowd. Everyone was happy with their performance and I am sure we will see a lot more from these players.

Amr Shabana, Andre Maur, birthday boy Arhum Saleem, Danielle Maur and John White enjoy a bit of cake.

Amr Shabana, Andre Maur, birthday boy Arhum Saleem, Danielle Maur and John White enjoy a bit of cake.

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