Germany’s Simon Rösner has risen two places to a career-high World No.3 ranking after the PSA Men’s World Rankings for December were released today.
The 31-year-old has enjoyed his greatest ever year on the PSA Tour and claimed his first Platinum title at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in January, while he followed that up with runner-up finishes at October’s U.S. Open and last month’s Qatar Classic.
Rösner’s run to the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open has enabled him to leapfrog World No.4 Tarek Momen to claim a place amongst the world’s top three, while Hong Kong Open winner Mohamed ElShorbagy tops the rankings for a 10th successive month ahead of runner-up Ali Farag.
Marwan ElShorbagy drops two spots to No.5, while Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez and New Zealand’s Paul Coll both move up a place to No.6 and No.7, respectively.
Former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier, who has been ruled out until the new year due to knee surgery, falls two places to No.8. Egyptian duo Karim Abdel Gawad and Mohamed Abouelghar complete the top 10.
Peru’s Diego Elias rises to No.11, switching places with India’s Saurav Ghosal, while Hong Kong’s Max Lee moves up to No.13 to trade spots with Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly.
Meanwhile, James Willstrop is on the rise as he moves up three places to No.15, overtaking compatriot Declan James to reclaim the men’s England No.1 spot.
After claiming the QSF No.1 title last month – his first title in two years – England’s Daryl Selby has enjoyed an eight-place increase to No.16, with Germany’s Raphael Kandra moving up three spots to a career-high No.17 ranking.
Egypt’s Omar Mosaad, James and Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller round out the top 20.
Three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour has dropped out of the top 20 for the first time since September 2006. The Egyptian maverick is yet to appear on the PSA Tour this season due to injury.
PSA Men's World Rankings Top 10 – December 2018