Ali Farag returns to World No.1 after winning British Open, PSA World Championship, Manchester Open & El Gouna International

June 05 2023

Egyptian Ali Farag has reclaimed the coveted World No.1 ranking in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Men's World Rankings, marking his return to the top position after a hiatus since January. Farag, 31 years old, temporarily relinquished the top spot to Mostafa Asal earlier this year due to a knee injury that forced him to take a four-month break.

Farag's recent performances have been nothing short of exceptional, as he has emerged victorious in four consecutive PSA World Tour events: the British Open, PSA World Championships, Manchester Open, and the El Gouna International. His triumph over Moustafa Asal in the El Gouna International title decider solidified his ascent back to the World No.1 ranking, a feat he has now accomplished for the fifth time in his career.

With this achievement, Farag will celebrate an impressive 161 weeks at the pinnacle of the rankings, surpassing Peru's Diego Elias. England's Mohamed ElShorbagy moves up one spot to claim No.3, while Asal experiences a slight setback, dropping two places to No.4. New Zealand's Paul Coll rounds off the top five.

In other notable developments, Victor Crouin, Mazen Hesham, and Iker Pajares Bernabeu are all making strides in the rankings, securing joint highest positions of No.7, No.8, and No.20, respectively.