Mohamed ElShorbagy
ElShorbagy has won the Hong Kong Open title four times in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and 2018 when the prestigious tournament was last held. The Alexandria-born star rose to prominence in 2007 after becoming the first player to secure a maiden world tour title at a five-star event. He then entered the record books again, becoming only the second man after Ramy Ashour to win the junior world title twice in 2008 and 2009. In 2013 he claimed his first world series win in the Qatar Classic and exhibited some supreme form throughout the 2014 campaign, winning five events including world series tournaments at the Hong Kong and US Opens. The latter in particular was significant because it elevated ElShorbagy to world No.1 for the first time. In his first outing of 2022, ‘the Beast’ claimed victory at the Squash on Fire Open in Washington. ElShorbagy made the finals of the World Championships and the Manchester Open, before switching his allegiance to play under the English flag. In his first event representing England, he made the final of the Necker Mauritius Open, only losing out to an in-form Diego Elias for the title. He then claimed the British Nationals title on his first attempt after defeating reigning champion Joel Makin.