Ali Farag on His Mental approach, Life on Tour, and Overcoming Challenges

5th December 2023

I recently had the pleasure to sit down with current World Number One, Ali Farag. Ali’s someone I have a huge amount of respect for, and who I always enjoy speaking with, his wisdom goes beyond the squash court and it’s always fascinating to understand more about how he approaches adversity both inside and out of the four walls. 

Known for his exceptional movement, silky racket skills, and incredibly calm demeanour, Ali’s journey off the court is equally compelling. Scripted’ is a must-watch for anyone interested in the interplay of mental strength, personal growth, and professional excellence. Whether you’re an avid follower of the PSA World Tour, or just looking for a dose of inspiration, Ali’s story is sure to resonate.

Ali talks about his early dreams of becoming a top player, humbly reflecting on his initial aspirations to simply have the opportunity to shake hands with legends like Geoff Hunt and Amr Shabana. His journey from these modest dreams to becoming a celebrated name in the world of squash is a testament to the years of hard work and personal development. His success serves as a powerful reminder that even the most audacious dreams can become reality with perseverance.

Ali FaragI found it particularly enlightening when Ali spoke about the mental aspect of squash. He opens up about inheriting a calm demeanour from his mother, and how this has shaped his approach to both life and squash. Ali’s insights into mental preparation, the art of scripting before matches, and maintaining composure under pressure offer invaluable lessons not just for athletes, but for anyone striving to achieve in high-stress environments.

One of the most engaging parts of the conversation is Ali’s candid thoughts about balancing his roles as a top squash player, a husband, and a father. He reflects on the dynamics of touring with his wife, Nour El Tayeb, also a top squash player, and the challenges and joys of parenting. Ali’s experiences underline the importance of balance, support, and understanding in achieving success in both personal and professional spheres.

The influence of his coach, Mike Way, is a recurring theme throughout our conversation, and Ali credits Mike with teaching him valuable lessons about compassion, understanding different perspectives, and managing emotions. These lessons have not only improved his game but also enriched his personal life, emphasising the broader applicability of sports psychology.

Ali FaragThis is more than just a conversation about squash. It’s a deep dive into the psyche of a world champion and an exploration of the human aspects behind professional success. Ali Farag’s story is a remarkable example of how dedication, mental fortitude, and a supportive environment can lead to extraordinary achievements.

Ali’s insights are universal, offering wisdom and inspiration for anyone pursuing excellence in their field. His openness and authenticity make this interview a compelling watch, not just for squash players, but for anyone interested in the intersection of sport, psychology, and personal growth.

‘Scripted | Ali Farag’s Approach To The Game’ is available to watch now.  Speaking with Ali, I felt inspired by the journey of a four-time World Champion who has mastered not only the physical but also the mental and emotional aspects of being a top athlete. It’s a story of dreams, determination, and the power of a balanced approach to life and sport. I hope you get as much from it as I did.


Jethro Binns

SquashSkills Founder

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