Nottingham-based Declan James has moved up four places to World No.16 to become England’s No.1 male player after the PSA Men’s World Rankings for November were released today (November 1).
James reached the third round of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships and the second round of the Channel VAS Championships during October, where he proved to be a stern test for World No.3 Tarek Momen and World No.2 Ali Farag, respectively.
Those performances have seen him leapfrog compatriot and former World No.1 James Willstrop in the rankings, while the current holder of the World No.1 spot – Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy – tops the rankings for a ninth successive month.
Ali Farag (No.2), Marwan ElShorbagy (No.3), Tarek Momen (No.4) and Simon Rösner retain their places in an unchanged top five, while France’s Gregory Gaultier moves up a place to No.6, trading places with Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez.
New Zealand’s Paul Coll stays at No.8, while former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad rises to No.9 to overtake fellow Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar, who completes the top 10.
India’s Saurav Ghosal stays at No.11 ahead of Peru’s Diego Elias, who moves up a place to No.12, Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly, who rises three places to No.13, Hong Kong’s Max Lee (No.14) and Egypt’s Ramy Ashour (No.15).
2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad has fallen five places to No.17, with Willstrop (No.18), Nicolas Mueller (No.19) and Raphael Kandra rounding off the top 20.
PSA Men's World Rankings Top 10 – November 2018