2013 PSA Men’s World Squash Championship: 26th October to 3rd November 2013

Indeed, tickets are now on general sale for the Championships taking place from October 26 to November 3.

However, there's plenty of squash to be played before then but former world number one Willstrop is already planning ahead.

"How do you stop Ramy?" mused the 29-year-old Yorkshireman, recent winner of the Canary Wharf Classic to end his 11-month silverware shortage.

"There's no short answer to that. Getting better and playing well, in a sport like squash, is a complicated thing.

"There are no short cuts. Ramy is in great shape and playing well, so all credit to him.

"But me and the rest of the guys are not sitting there saying: 'He can't be beaten.'

"We know many of us have beaten him," added Pontefract trained Willstrop, a 2010 Tournament of Champions winner at Ashour's expense in New York.

"So, we keep working, we keep watching, we keep training hard and we keep studying.

"Hopefully, all those things come together.

"If it wasn't hard and if it wasn't a challenge, then there would be no point doing it.

"All we know he is a genius player and going through an incredible vein of form at the moment.

"But he can't keep winning. At some point he will have to be beaten.

"Maybe the British Open will be the time to knock him off his perch. If not there then where better than the World Championships."

Ashour, on a 36-game winning run, won his first world crown in Manchester five years ago and regained it in Qatar last December, beating fellow Egyptian, Mohamed El Shorbagy, in the final.

Willstrop lost a gruelling five set semi-final against Shorbagy in Doha while twice former world champion Matthew lost in four at the penultimate hurdle to Ashour.

The 2013 Championships will be staged at the National Squash Centre, Sportcity (October 26-30) before a change of venue for the finals (October 31-November 3) to be hosted at the 133-year-old Manchester Central, formerly the G-Mex Centre.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, enthuses:"Manchester is the home of UK squash and it will be exciting to welcome the World's best players back to the city.

"The Men's World Championship will be a highlight of Manchester's enviable 2013 sporting programme - that also includes the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, the Bupa Great Manchester Run and Great CityGames, a pre-season NBA basketball exhibition game and the Rugby League World Cup final."

Tickets for the PSA Men's World Championship go on general sale from Monday, April 15. Full details can be obtained by ringing Ticketmaster on 0844 844 0444.

For further information visit the official championship website at www.mensworldsquashchampionship2013.com and follow Championships on Twitter @mwsc2013 and Facebook www.facebook.com/PSAMWSC2013

The 2013 PSA Men’s World Squash Championship are being event managed by internationalSPORTgroup and will to be staged at the National Squash Centre and Manchester Central from the 26th October to 3rd November 2013.

To purchase tickets before they go on general sale on the 15th April, please visit http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/mwsc2013 or call +44 (0) 844 847 2508.

2013 PSA Men’s World Squash Championship
Event Venues: National Squash Centre & Manchester Central, Manchester
Dates are 26th October – 3rd November 2013

If you require any further help or information, visit www.mensworldsquashchampionship2013.com or email@mensworldsquashchampionship2013.com

Issued by info@isportgroup.com on behalf of the 2013 PSA Men’s World Squash Championship

Ramy Ashour may be overwhelming favourite to retain his PSA Men's World Championship title in Manchester later this year, but James Willstrop believes he and the best players on the planet are not on mission impossible when the tournament returns to the city for the first time since 2008.