UWE Bristol student becomes number 1 squash player in the world

Issue date: 21 October 2014

UWE Bristol student, Mohamed Elshorbagy, has topped the Professional Squash Association's (PSA) World Rankings, following his victory at the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open in Philadelphia.

Mohamed is based in Bristol whilst studying for his MSc in Finance at the University of the West of England, and is currently on a scholarship through UWE's High Performance Athlete Programme, which supports top performing athletes across all sports.

Mohamed beat fellow Egyptian, and four-time World Champion, Amr Shabana to take the top spot in the sport for the first time. His victory in Philadelphia follows on from his success at the World Series Championship in Hong Kong and marks a career high for the young player.

Elshorbagy said, "Becoming world number 1 is such an unbelievable feeling. I have been very lucky to have such a great team working behind me at UWE Bristol over the past 5 years; the support I have received has been second-to-none. From the physios taking care of my body to try and keep me injury free, to the conditioning staff, to Alex Isaac, who has been supporting me throughout my career; the team of people behind me are the reason why I am able to perform at my best on court."

Alex Isaac, Head of Sport at UWE said, “Huge congratulations to Mohamed, we are very proud of this fantastic achievement. It is great to have such an inspirational sporting ambassador for UWE and our hugely successful squash programme. We wish him the best of luck in the next leg of the PSA World Series Championship!”

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