CHICAGO – Harvard men's squash class of 2014, Ali Farag, earned the No. 1 world ranking in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) on March 1. Farag, the next day, was crowned a world champion in the 2018-19 PSA World Championships in Chicago's Union Station.
"It's been a thrill to follow Ali's career since he graduated from Harvard. We all knew he had the potential to be at the top but to go through with it and become the best player in the world is quite the accomplishment, said Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Harvard University Mike Way. "He's proven to younger players that it's possible to go to college and still become the best in the game and many juniors are following his path. We're very proud of him and we hope he will stay at the top for a long time."
Farag dethroned the former world No. 1, Mohamed El Shorbagy, to capture the world No. 1 ranking. In the PSA World Championship match the following day, Farag took down Tarek Momen, 11-5, 11-13, 13-11, 11-3, in the championship match.
"If, five years back, you had told me that I would be standing here holding the World Championship trophy, then no chance would I have believed you." Farag told US Squash.
In his time at Harvard, Farag won two individual national championships, and helped the Crimson capture a national team title in 2014. In three years, the standout only lost two career matches.