Squash legends Ramy Ashour and Nick Matthew are back on court at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions on Friday as they play an exhibition match ahead of the finals.
Play starts at 17:00 (GMT-5), and the action will be available to subscribers of SQUASHTV, while you will also be able to catch this one-off clash on the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour, as well as watching it right here, with the embedded video below.
‘The Artist’, who announced his retirement from the sport in April, became the first ever two-time World Junior Squash Champion, before going on to win three World Open titles.
Ashour returns to the scene of his 2013 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions victory, where he will face three-time World Champion Matthew, in a one-off match.
The pair both tasted success at Grand Central Terminal, with ‘The Wolf’ winning the Tournament of Champions in 2012, before Ashour took the title twelve months later.
This exhibition match will feature the RAM scoring system, which was invented by Ashour himself, alongside Osama Khalifa, in 2017.
Below are the rules for the new RAM Scoring System, as found on the ramscoringsystem Instagram.
- The match will be best of five games, where each games is three minutes long. The three minutes of game time refers exclusively to actual play time and not the downtime between rallies.
- Once the time is up, the clock septs, and the leading player must win one additional point in order to win the game. If the trailing player wins the points, then the game continues until either the leading player wins a final point, or the trailing player evens the score and wins an additional point to conclude the game. – “For example: If the score is 8-5 at expiration time, then the leading player must win an additional point (9-5) in order to win the game. If the trailing player were to win the point, then the score becomes 8-6 and the game continues until the leading playing wins the game 9-6, or the trailing player evens the score and then wins an additional point.”
- In the event of a tie at expiration time, a final “sudden death” point is played to determine the winner of the game.
- In the event that time expires and the score remains at 0-0 (love-all), the three-minute clock is then reset and the game resumes.
- Time shall not be reverted unless only one of the below scenarios occur: – For a ‘let call’, the clock reverts to the start time of that point (‘Time Revert Rule’) – The three-minute time expires and the score remains at 0-0, in which case the three-minutes clock is reset.
- There must be at least on referee and one “Time Keeper” to officiate the match. Players shall have two minutes of rest time between games, and all other (Professional Squash Association) PSA and (World Squash Federation) WSF rules apply.