Since 1969, Egypt has participated in twenty two editions of the MWT. They have a total of 100 wins and 52 defeats in the event with 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 3 bronze medals. Their last result in 2013 was a silver medal after losing to England. It's hard not to label Egypt – who boast 8 players in the world top 15 – as hot favourites for the event. Besides, they have two bad memories to put behind them: their loss in the 2013 final after two titles in a row, as well as the cancellation of the tournament in Cairo two years later.
Egypt's official team will be represented by Karim Abdel Gawad, Ali Farag, Marwan El Shorbagy and Ramy Ashour ! Except Ramy Ashour, who will be playing his fourth edition, the egyptian team is completly new to the event.
More team info on this link.
Egypt's MWT 2013 result: runner-up
Egypt's best result: 3 titles
karim abdel gawad
Giza-born Karim Abdel Gawad has firmly established himself as one of the world’s leading players after a breakthrough start to the 2016/17 season.
He won the first PSA World Tour event that he participated in, the 2008 Goshen Cup, at the tender age of seventeen and has gone on to rise up the rankings since his maiden title.
2013 was something of a breakthrough year for Gawad. The hugely talented Egyptian produced a terrific performance at the Qatar Classic, narrowly losing to Karim Darwish in the quarter-finals and was duly awarded the 2013 PSA Player of the Year award, in addition to making into the top twenty for the first time in his career.
Gawad enjoyed a successful start to the 2015/16 campaign, rising into the world’s top 10 for the first time in his career in November 2015.
Gawad met Ashour in the final of the 2016 PSA Men’s World Championship and, after Gawad took a 2-1 lead, Ashour sustained a hamstring injury, handing the sport’s biggest prize to Gawad as he cemented himself as one of the most exciting players to grace the sport in recent years.
Less than a fortnight after his World Championship triumph, Gawad headed to Doha for the Qatar Classic, where he claimed back-to-back PSA World Tour titles for the first time in his career after dispatching Mohamed ElShorbagy in the showpiece finale, earning him a spot inside the world’s top two in the process.
Gawad rose from eighth in the world at the start of the 2016/17 season to top the PSA Men’s World Rankings in May 2017. During the season Gawad claimed five PSA World Tour titles – including major titles at the PSA Men’s World Championship, J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions and Qatar Classic.
Gawad became the fifth Egyptian player to ever top the PSA Men’s World Rankings after reaching the final of the 2017 El Gouna International Squash Open and despite losing the title decider to Gregory Gaultier became World n°1. However he lost the first rank to Grégory Gaultier. He is now World n°2. It will be his first Men's World Team Championship.
Since graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014, Egypt’s Ali Farag has established himself as one of the most popular players on the PSA World Tour.
His captured his first title at the Open Du Gard in 2011 and swiftly followed that up with a crown at the Meersquashheroes Open a week later.
Farag had a tremendous 2015 and appeared in four PSA World Tour finals, winning three of them. His final title, at the Irish Open, was the most prestigious of the lot.
Farag broke new ground at the Motor City Open in January 2016, beating then World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and three-time World Champion Nick Matthew en route to a maiden PSA M70 title.
Farag built on his breakout 2015/16 season by claiming one of the biggest wins of his career against Mohamed ElShorbagy to reach the final of the Al Ahram Open - played in front of the stunning Great Pyramid of Giza - but lost out to fellow Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad in the final..
Farag then went on to play in the final at the Suburban Collection Motor City Open to Ryan Cuskelly. Farag was also knocked out in the semi-finals of the Windy City Open to former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy.
The Egyptian also had two runner-up finishes to Frenchman Gregory Gaultier at both the Grasshopper Cup and Bellevue Classic. He has a beautiful start of the 2017/2018 season, winning the US Open against Mohamed El Shorbagy the same day as his wife, Nour El Sherbini. It will be his first Men's World Team Championship.
marwan el shorbagy
Marwan ElShorbagy is one of only four players to win the World Junior Championships twice after compatriot Ramy Ashour, older brother, Mohamed, and Peru’s Diego Elias - and he has built on his initial promise on the PSA World Tour.
The Egyptian made his World Championship debut at just 17 years of age in 2011 and, after an impressive tournament, made it to the last 16 before being knocked out by then World No.1 James Willstrop.
He won his first PSA World Tour title the same year, winning the Amarex Open in Jordan.
He made a strong start to 2015 as he reached the semi-final stage of the Windy City Open but was beaten by his brother as his form began to tail off.
A strong 2016 saw the man from Alexandria stun then World Champion Gregory Gaultier to end a two-year title drought and lift his maiden PSA M70 crown at the Grasshopper Cup in April.
He added his second trophy of the season a month later with victory at the Houston Open and followed that up by being named as the 2016 PSA Men’s Young Player of the Year.
ElShorbagy claimed his first ever win over older brother, Mohamed, during February’s 2017 Windy City Open and lightning stuck twice for Marwan as he went onto beat former World No.1 and older brother, Mohamed, once again in the quarter-finals of the El Gouna International Open. It will be his first Men's World Team Championship.
Nicknamed ‘The Artist’, Ramy Ashour is one of the most technically gifted players ever to play the game of squash and a real fan favourite.
He won his first major professional title in 2007, defeating David Palmer in the Canadian Squash Classic. Wins at the 2009 PSA Masters and Saudi International in December meant that the Egyptian star reached World No.1 in January 2010 at just 22 years of age, becoming the youngest player to do so for 26 years.
In 2012 he made the final of every tournament he competed in and won the 2012 Qatar PSA World Championship, US Open, Hong Kong Open and Australian Open.
After almost six months away from the court, Ashour returned to the court for the 2014 Qatar PSA World Championship and completed a miraculous return to action, clinching his third World Championship title after beating compatriot Mohamed Elshorbagy in a superb final.
Ashour then struggled with a knee-miniscus injury for a further five months before he made yet another stunning return to the game with Elshorbagy again being defeated in the final of the El Gouna International in April 2015.
He made his comeback at the World Championship in November 2015 but yet another hamstring problem held him back and he bowed out in the quarter-final stage after defeat to Omar Mosaad.
2016 saw issues with injuries limit the enigmatic Egyptian to just five tournament appearances. He battled through to the final of the iconic British Open, ultimately losing to ElShorbagy, but began the 2016/17 with a bang as he dispatched Karim Abdel Gawad to win the Hong Kong Open crown - his first World Series title for 16 months.
However, Ashour’s return to fitness was short-lived, as he struggled with a hamstring problem, forcing him to retire in the final of the 2016 PSA Men’s World Championship to hand the title to Gawad.
The Egyptian was then forced to withdraw from the 2017 edition of the World Series tournament after failing to recover from a hamstring strain sustained during the Allam British Open.
It will be his fourth participation in the Men's World Team event.