Another memorable night in Chicago for Ali Farag as he was crowned the Squash World Champion for the second time in his career. This one may have had a particularly special feeling for the Egyptian as a very special person was watching in the crowd. Ali became a father just 11 days before the final took place and his wife, Nour El Tayeb with his very brand new baby, Farida were there to witness it.
Squaring up against tour rival, Mohamed El Shorbagy – It was actually a shaky start for Farag. El Shorbagy took the first game and was 7-0 up in the second. However, Farag soon found his groove with a series of fantastic shots that saw the game draw level. From there, he managed to push on relentlessly, with some truly remarkable squash, to take the title in 4 games 7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4.
“I’m quite emotional about this because it’s a special week for me with my baby daughter born just before this and having my parents in my corner,” said Farag.
“My favourite person of all time, Mike Way, is here. I don’t know what it is about Chicago that brings the best out of me and now my daughter was born here as well, I think I should apply for a residency!
“There are countless words I want to say about Nour. Whatever she’s going through, holding the baby for me to be able to play on this court and. I’m forever grateful about that. They always say the first World Championship is the most special but for me this is because of the people I have around me.”
It also happens to be pretty special for us, Dunlop. As Ali Farag is now using the BRAND NEW Dunlop Sonic Core Revelation. You can find out more about this racket here. Available from the 30th July. A racket for a world champion and a racket to take you to your next level.