First Welshman in top 10 since David Evans in 2002
By ELLIE MAWSON – Squash Mad Correspondent
Joel Makin has become the first Welshman since David Evans in 2002 to break the top 10 after the PSA Men’s World Rankings for March were released today (March 1).
Makin, the 25-year-old from Pembrokeshire, rises one place to No.10 as Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar falls out of the top 10 for the first time since September 2018.
Makin, coached in the Midlands by Robert Owen, has risen steadily up the rankings during the past two years and, allied to his formidable fitness, he is adding the necessary elements in quality shot placement required to continue that upwards trajectory.
Tournament of Champions winner Mohamed ElShorbagy stays at the top of the World Rankings with Ali Farag (No.2), Tarek Momen (No.3), Karim Abdel Gawad (No.4) and Paul Coll (No.5) completing an unchanged top five.
Peru’s Diego Elias (No.6) and Germany’s Simon Rösner (No.7) swap places, while Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy stays at No.8 with Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez rising a place to No.9 as Makin completes the top ten.
Fares Dessouky (No.12) and Saurav Ghosal (No.13) retain their spots with Mazen Hesham rising two places to No.14 and former World No.1 James Willstrop climbing three places to No.15.
France’s Gregoire Marche (No.16) and Zahed Salem both drop places (No.19), while World Junior champion Mostafa Asal rises a place to No.18 and Omar Mosaad (No.17) and Adrian Waller (No.20) remain unchanged to complete the top 20.
The biggest mover on the Men’s Tour is Egypt’s Ibrahim Elkabbani after he rises 154 places to No.263 in the world following his victory at the HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Jaipur Leg 2020.
PSA Men’s World Rankings Top 20 – March 2020.
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