Egyptian squash player Ali Farag has been voted as the World Games Athlete of the Month for November, it was announced today.
The 28-year-old from Cairo has won two consecutive Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour tournaments, the CB Egyptian Open in front of the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza and the Qatar Classic in Doha.
His victory in the Qatar capital meant he reclaimed the number one position in the PSA world rankings having spent the previous nine months in second, leading to his selection as Athlete of the Month by the International World Games Association.
Farag's victories in Giza and Doha mean that he has now appeared in 40 finals in all.
Since June 2018 he has appeared in an incredible 18 out of 24 top-level finals, many of them against his great rival and fellow Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy.
Since the PSA World Tour resumed following the enforced break for the coronavirus pandemic, Farag has steadily built an increasingly impressive momentum, following up a quarter-final appearance at the Manchester Open with a run to the semi-finals at the CIB World Tour Finals before claiming both the CIB Egyptian Open and Qatar Classic titles in emphatic fashion.
Since graduating from Harvard University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2014, Farag has established himself as one of the most popular players on the PSA World Tour.
He reached the number one position for the first time in March 2019, shortly after winning his first world title in Chicago.
Farag’s wife, Nour El Tayeb, is currently world number three in the PSA women's world rankings.
"Without doubt, Nour has been my inspiration [during lockdown]," he said.
"She has kept me going when I have lost motivation and when I was down and letting things get to me, and without her it would have been a nightmare."
As the World Games Athlete of November 2020, Farag will receive a diploma and a branded gift from the official sponsor of the award, Protective Life.