England’s Matthew on top of the World 

The Englishman followed up November’s World Championship triumph with a maiden Hong Kong Open title in December to cap an impressive end-of-year run and leap from third to first on the rankings, ending Ashour’s 12-month grip on top spot.2013 World Squash Champion Nick Matthew has leapfrogged Egypt’s Ramy Ashour and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier to top the first Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings of 2014.

“I’m playing the best squash of my career at the moment and that’s something I want to carry through into 2014 with the Commonwealth Games coming to the UK,” said Matthew.

“2013 was a really special year for me. Winning the World Championships in Manchester was amazing and winning in Hong Kong after so many years of trying was a great way to end the year.

“I got married as well which was one of the most important things so it was a great year for me all round.

“To now start the year as World No.1 makes that experience even better. I’m going to enjoy being back at No.1 and I’m looking forward to hopefully continuing that success in 2014.” 

Matthew’s ascendency from third to first sees Ashour, who ended 2013 plagued by injury, drop to third in the rankings while Gaultier maintains his No.2 ranking.

Elsewhere in the top 20, Egypt’s Tarek Momen has overtaken countryman Omar Mossad to 11th spot with Germany’s Simon Rosner rising from 16th to 13th and Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad moving from 19th to 16th.

January 2014 Dunlop PSA Men’s World Rankings Top 20 (inc points average)

Pos [Prev]    Player                            Country       Average
1        [3]      Nick Matthew                     ENG               1329.000
2        [2]      Gregory Gaultier                FRA                1297.500
3        [1]      Ramy Ashour                     EGY                1187.500
4        [4]      Mohamed Elshorbagy        EGY                 904.500
5        [5]      James Willstrop                 ENG                 845.500
6        [6]      Karim Darwish                   EGY                 678.000
7        [7]      Borja Golan                        ESP                 668.500
8        [8]      Peter Barker                       ENG                531.500
9        [9]      Amr Shabana                     EGY                 462.500
10      [10]    Daryl Selby                         ENG                446.500
11      [12]    Tarek Momen                      EGY                439.000
12      [11]    Omar Mosaad                     EGY                438.500
13      [16]    Simon Rosner                    GER                429.500
14      [13]    Miguel Angel Rodriguez     COL                363.500
15      [15]    Saurav Ghosal                    IND                 324.000
16      [19]    Karim Abdel Gawad           EGY                307.500
17      [18]    Laurens Jan Anjema          NED                306.818
18      [14]    Cameron Pilley                   AUS                302.500
19      [17]    Alister Walker                     BOT                280.500
20      [20]    Stephen Coppinger            RSA                266.818