After limping out of the 2016 El Gouna International last night during his first round encounter with Marwan ElShorbagy in what was the latest episode in the saga that has surrounded his health and fitness over the past three years on the PSA World Tour, three-time World Champion took to social media today to open up about the nightmare that has dogged his career since he limped off courting during the semi-finals of the 2013 World Championship.
In 2012 Ashour went an astonishing 49matches unbeaten, collecting a plethora of titles as he dominated the PSA World Tour and earn acclaim as the one of the greatest players ever to wield a racket, but since then the 28-year-old has endured a torrid time – with multiple comeback attempts, all of which promised so much to his legion of fans, ultimately ending is yet more agony and frustration for the charismatic man from Cairo.
Since the 2013 World Championship Ashour has failed to compete fully fit in more than two consecutive tournaments, missing over 18 months of competition, and he pointed the blame at an operation he underwent as a teenager, when flesh from his hamstring was taken to repair a knee injury in order to keep his hopes of playing professional alive, as the reason behind his inury woes.
Arguably the most gifted individual ever to hold a squash racket, Ashour posted this picture which graphically illustrates the lack of muscle in his hamstring
In a detailed post Ashour said:
First iam sorry for disappointing you again.i want nothing but the happiness I see from you when I compete, iam sorry again I can’t deliver that at the moment .
I believe u deserve an explanation to what keeps happening to me.
13 years ago I did an ACl Surgery in my knee and they took a part of my hamstring muscle group to put it instead of the ACL which has been torn. But unfortunately this muscle never grew back again which is rare to happen and I have been pushing through it.
No doctor or Physio could explain why exactly that keeps RANDOMLY happening and what do I do right for it not to happen and what do I do it wrong for it to happen.
( I basically get sudden spasms deep in the hip then goes down to the semimembranosus and the semitendenosus and worsens the more I lunge)
What keeps me going is that sometimes it works and I play full tournaments without problems, which means that there is something no one could understand up till today.
I believe it needs a doctor who doesn’t read from the book.
A doctor who thinks outside the box.
I am still looking for him.
Thank you all for all the support you always give me. It truly means the world to me.
Ashour stretches out
Speaking to SquashXtra earlier this month ahead of the latest edition of the magazine, the Egyptian expressed his deep love of squash and the experiences that he has been through.
“Being injured is a very tough place to be – it is not simple,” Ashour said. “When it happens people come up to you and they say they feel bad, they’re sorry you’re injured but then you go home from the court and you’re on your own.
“You have to figure it out for yourself. The hardest thing at that time is not to get depressed and be weak.
“I’ve been through so much. Ever since I was 15 / 16 I have been dealing with set backs and injuries but the last few times have been different. And while that time has been very tough, I’m grateful for my injuries in many ways because they have forced me to open my eyes to the wider world.
“I love seeing people smile from what I do. It’s not about money or respect or success or anything else – it’s the opportunity to play that means so much to me.
“On the court is the only place where I can truly, fully express myself. “