Philadelphia, PA (October 14) – If one of the top three men’s seeds at the Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships wins the coveted championship, he also will be ranked world No. 1 in the November 1 rankings.
For top seed Greg Gaultier, it means he retains his No. 1 ranking and for No. 2 seed Nick Matthew, it means a return to the world No.1 ranking following a timeout for injury.
It has been a rapid ascent to the No. 2 world ranking for the 23-year-old Egyptian, who attained the ranking this month for the first time.
“Being ranked with Greg, who is 31, Nick, who is 34, and Amr Shabana, the No. 4 seed who is 35, is an inspiration to me,” said Elshorbagy. “I hope to enjoy the long careers they have achieved.”
Elshorbagy will face a “hot” Adrian Waller, who upset No. 5 seed Borja Golan in the first round, in the quarterfinals 8 pm feature match on Wednesday at the Drexel University Daskalakis Athletic Center. The pair last faced off in a five-set match won by Elshorbagy at the World Championships in 2013.
Elshorbagy started playing squash in his native Egypt, but at the age of 15 had the opportunity to move to England to attend boarding school and to be coached by Jonah Barrington, whom he credits with completely changing his game and his character.
One year after arriving in England, Elshorbagy’s mother and younger brother joined him, and his support team was complete. His brother, Marwan, who is 21, has been ranked as high as world No. 17.
Elshorbagy’s recent successes include the 2013 Qatar and 2014 Hong Kong Open titles, which included a defeat of Gaultier in the Hong Kong final. In 2010, he was part of the Egyptian powerhouse to capture the World Team Championships in Germany.
He stresses he is not a one dimensional squash player having graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014 with a business degree and now contemplating undertaking a masters degree in finance.
For Elshorbagy, following tennis is his favorite diversion. He is an admirer of Roger Federer, who also just happens to have ascended this week to the world No. 2 ranking. If No. 2 is there, can No. 1 be far behind with Federer as his role model?