Tarek Momen
Tarek Momen first ensured he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from the American University of Cairo before fully committing himself to the sport, where he has gone on to become one of the best players of the generation, including winning the World Championship in Qatar in 2019 following victory over Paul Coll in the final in Qatar. The ‘Viper’ then reached the semi-finals of both the Qatar Classic and the Black Ball Open to round out 2020, losing out to the eventual winners in both events, Ali Farag and Fares Dessouky respectively. Momen started the 2022-2023 season with a semi-final appearance at the Qatar Classic. He also made the last eight at four other tournaments in that time, including at the Egyptian Open and the U.S. Open. Momen’s incredible run of making at least the quarter finals of every tournament he featured in, which dated back to September 2019, came to an end after more than 40 months, when he lost out in the last 16 at the Pittsburgh Open in February 2023. His consistency did not let up, though, as he reached at least the semis of three tournaments in the latter half of the season. He made the last four of the Motor City Open and the Manchester Open, along with finishing runner-up at the Black Ball Open.