Harvard Graduate Farag Completes Career-Best Title Run at Motor City Open

Farag (R) against Matthew. (image:  Bryan Mitchell)
Farag (R) against Matthew. (image: Bryan Mitchell)


After upsetting world No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy and world No. 9 Mathieu Castagnet on his way to the Motor City Open final, Havard Graduate Ali Farag completed his remarkable run by defeating world No. 3 Nick Matthew to win the largest prize money title of his career at Birmingham Athletic Club in Detroit.

In their first career encounter on the PSA Tour, the twenty-three-year-old Egyptian defeated the second-seeded former world No. 1 11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7 in fifty minutes.

(image: Bryan Mitchell)
(image: Bryan Mitchell)

“This is definitely the best week of my career by far,” said Farag. “I’ve showed myself that I can compete with these guys and have the mental toughness to do it three days in a row. Hopefully this is going to be the beginning of a good future for me.”

“He was on a roll, the crowd was feeding on him,” Matthew said. “The last few points was the first time I felt tired all week. Credit to him for getting me to that point.”

The $70,000 title presented by The Suburban Collection is the two-time College Squash Association individual champion’s fourth and largest PSA title of his young career so far.

“If you ask any player, they would tell you that this is one of the best tournaments on tour. We feel at home, and everyone takes care of us. It’s an unbelievable feeling.”

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