Ali Farag
Since graduating from Harvard University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2014, Farag has gone on to become a four-time world champion, spending more than 140 weeks at the summit of the world rankings. After taking victories at the Oracle NetSuite, Qatar Classic and the Tournament of Champions in the 2018/19 campaign, Farag moved to the world no.1 spot for the first time in March 2019. 2021 was another incredible year for the Egyptian, claiming a second World Championship crown in Chicago. His good form continued throughout the end of the 2021-2022 campaign, with the jewel in the crown a third World Championship crown after defeating great rival and friend Mohamed ElShorbagy in the final in Cairo. Thanks to that victory, he took back the world no.1 spot in June to end the season at the top of the rankings. Farag won the Egyptian Open once more in 2022, and also made the final of the U.S. Open, but a knee injury sustained in Philadelphia ended his year. He maintained the world no.1 into the start of 2023 but that injury saw the Egyptian fall down to number 4, as he spent four months on the sidelines. When he came back, Farag went on an incredible run, winning four consecutive tournaments. He won the British Open for the first time, before claiming a fourth World Championship crown. The Manchester Open and El Gouna International also followed, as Farag moved back to the top of the rankings.