In the build up to our next MasterClass Camp with Marwan Elshorbagy and Hadrian Stiff on 25-26th November, we asked Marwan about his passion for Squash and more about what players can expect by participating in the Masterclass:
Last season went very well for you, what are your main goals and objectives for this season? My main goal is to keep enjoying what I’m doing and enjoy the next part of the journey, I have been training hard and I’m very excited for the next few tournaments.
You have already achieved so much in the sport with lots more to come. What are the biggest lessons squash has taught you so far? The main lesson I have learnt so far that the whole process takes time, you just have to be patient and believe in the process. All you have to do is keep working hard and what’s meant to happen will happen; just be patient.
If you weren’t a squash player what other sport would you most like to play professionally and why? I like watching the NBA but I’m not sure whether I would have wanted to do this professionally, I like racket sports in general so I think I would have preferred to choose one of either tennis or badminton.
Which part of being a professional player do you find the least enjoyable? The jetlag!
And which part the most enjoyable? I guess as a professional athletes we are very lucky as we get to see the world and we get to meet different people with different cultures and different way of thinking. I think we are very lucky that’s why we always have to stay grateful with our lifestyle.
What is your routine the day of the match at the big events? I go for morning practice if my match is in the evening, or late afternoon then I spend most of the day chilling in my room, a flat white would make my day better though.
On the Masterclass camp with you we’ll be focusing on having a deadly short game, what would be your main tips for amateur players who want to implement this into their game? I guess to have a good short game, you need to have a good basic game so you get the opportunity to go short, a good positioning and give yourself some space will always help you to go short with more confident.
What are your favorite shots in the front court? Trickle boast.
Finally, how would describe the elitesquash coaching method? It is quite different from coaching I’ve had before in the style, a lot about improving the movement to make the game easier and how connecting the physical and mental sensations can help the whole body feel better and be more effective. It has helped me a lot in my career so far, not just on court but off court too! It helped a lot to get me into the top 5 and hopefully we won’t stop there 🙂