Mo and Marwan are the first brothers in the top 10 since the Martins
By NATHAN CLARKE
Egyptian Marwan Elshorbagy, the 22-year-old younger brother of current World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy, has today moved into the world’s top ten for the first time in his career – occupying the No.10 ranking position after a superb start to the 2015/16 PSA World Tour season.
Elshorbagy reached the final at both the Stars On The Bund China Open and Kolkata International tournaments in September and despite narrowly missing out on the title on both occasions he has jumped up two places to become the fifth Egyptian player to rank in the top ten.
His elevation to the No.10 position means that the Elshorbagy brothers have become the first siblings since Australians Rodney and Brett Martin in 1995 to rank inside the top ten at the same time.
“Making the top ten has always been a dream of mine and I have been working hard every day to try and improve my game,” said Elshorbagy.
“I have been putting in a lot of effort during the off season so to get inside the top ten at the start of season, while this generation of players is still competing at the top, gives me a lot of confidence.
“It’s been a tough journey to the top ten but I am sure that I will only get tougher from now on and I feel ready and excited for the challenge.
“My brother has been the youngest player in the top ten for the last five years and I’m so happy to join him and make our parents proud. Making the top ten can go some way to repaying them for everything they have sacrificed for both of us – for me they’re the true champions.”
After winning the AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix Mohamed Elshorbagy maintains his hold on the World No.1 ranking for a 12th consecutive month while Omar Mosaad, Tarek Momen and Ramy Ashour – who moves up one place to fourth after winning the NetSuite Open – complete the Egyptian contingent.
Hong Kong’s Max Lee is the biggest riser inside the top twenty, moving up five places to No.13 courtesy of his victory at the Macau Open while the man he beat in the final, 20-year-old Egyptian Fares Dessouki, moves back to a career-best-equalling World No.19.