The release of the PSA Men’s World Rankings today (January 1) has seen
Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy cut the gap between himself and current World
No.1 Gregory Gaultier to just 43 points after his PSA World Championship
triumph earlier this month in Manchester.
ElShorbagy, who held the World No.1 ranking for 28 months between
2014-2017, took a step closer to reclaiming top spot after he defeated
Gaultier en route to lifting the biggest title on the Men’s Tour a
fortnight ago, beating younger brother Marwan in a historic final
victory to finally get his hands on the coveted World Championship
ElShorbagy will have the chance to surpass Gaultier at the J.P. Morgan
Tournament of Champions later this month, with the duo set to meet in a
blockbuster final clash inside New York’s stunning Grand Central
ElShorbagy sits one place ahead of compatriot Ali Farag, with 2016 World
Champion Karim Abdel Gawad and Marwan completing the top five.
Nick Matthew and Tarek Momen come next at No.6 and No.7, respectively,
with Germany’s Simon Rösner rising a place to No.8. Egypt’s Mohamed
Abouelghar moves into the top 10 for the first time in his career to
take the No.9 spot as New Zealand’s Paul Coll drops two places to No.10.
Peru’s Diego Elias is on the rise to a career-high No.11 ranking as
Fares Dessouky also rises a spot to No.12.
Former World No.1 James Willstrop slips out of the top 10 for the first
time in 12 months as he drops to No.13, with Ramy Ashour moving up three
spots to No.14. Ryan Cuskelly rounds off the top 15, dropping from
Meanwhile, Saurav Ghosal holds his place at No.16 as Daryl Selby
(No.17), Borja Golan (No.18), Cameron Pilley (No.19) and Omar Mosaad
take the final spots inside the top 20.