31 Oct 2023
Doha - Aspire Academy graduate Abdulla Al Tamimi’s victory at the recent QSF 4 event on home soil in Qatar saw him reach a new career high on the Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) world rankings.
Al Tamimi, who beat Egypt’s former World Champion Tarek Momen to clinch the title on Saturday, moved up nine places to number 16 in the world on the latest rankings.
His previous highest ranking was 17 in the world in March this year, before injury saw him ruled out of action for several months.
Saturday’s win was a hard-fought one and saw him edge out Momen in a five-game battle that lasted 72 minutes at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.
“The biggest championship in my sporting career so far,” Al Tamimi posted on Instagram after the final. “Heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to this historic achievement for me and the state of Qatar.”
The victory caps a successful October for the Aspire graduate that has seen him claim a bronze medal at the Asian Games in China and then the QSF 3 title in Doha, an event that is part of the PSA’s Challenger Tour.
The QSF 4 event was a PSA Bronze event that offered more ranking points than the Challenger Tour one.
On his way to victory, Al Tamimi, who was ranked 25 in the world before the tournament, also overcame France’s world number 11 Victor Crouin in the semi-finals.
It was a first-ever win for Al Tamimi over Momen that saw him claim the ninth PSA title of his career and his second of the 2023-24 season.
Al Tamimi’s next tournament will see him compete at the Hong Kong Football Club Open between November 21-25.