No change at the top as Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy makes it nine months at No.1
By NATHAN CLARKE
Mohamed Elshorbagy maintains his hold on the coveted World No.1 slot for the ninth consecutive month as he leads an unchanged top 20 in the July Men’s World Rankings.
Elshorbagy, 24, has sat unopposed atop the rankings since November 2014 and, having captured the prestigious Allam British Open title in May, the biggest tournament win of his career to date, the Bristol-based star will begin the 2015-16 season with a commanding lead over World No.2 Nick Matthew.
Injury-plagued world champion Ramy Ashour remains in the World No.5 position, behind enigmatic Frenchman Gregory Gaultier and Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez – the highest ranked South American player of all time at World No.4.
Elsewhere, Josh Masters, a student at the University of the West of England who trains with Mohamed and Marwan Elshorbagy in Bristol, has risen from 215 to 184 after beating top seed Jens Schoor in the first round of the recent Select Gaming Kent Open at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone.
Kent Open champion Charles Sharpes (right) moves up from 70 to 61, while runner-up George Parker, who reached the final from qualifying, has risen from 135 to a career-best 112.
Robbie Downer, who beat Australian Steve Finites in Angers, has moved from 151 to 138.
British Virgin Islands player Mike Adamson secures the largest rise in the July rankings, moving up a mammoth 145 positions to occupy the World No.309 position while Dylan Cunningham and Luke Jones both rise over 120 places to World No.288 and World No.281, respectively.
PSA MEN’S WORLD RANKINGS (Top 20, July 2015):
|4||Miguel Angel Rodriguez||COL||706.000||=|
|14||Karim Abdel Gawad||EGY||395.500||=|