Fatigue could be Elshorbagy’s biggest challenge in Dubai
21 The number of singles titles the Egyptian has won in his career
With six world series titles out of seven, it’s no surprise that world No. 1 Mohamed Elshorbagy arrives as hot favourite for the PSA Dubai World Series Finals starting at Burj Park Downtown Dubai today.
However, despite his domination on the court this season, the Egyptian does admit that the number of matches he has played could count against him in Dubai.
“Trying to win every tournament takes so much out of you,” said Elshorbagy. “I play the most matches of any player and that is tough. Every night before a match my body was shaking, and I thought I had a temperature.
“But I didn’t - it was just that my body was tired. It shows how much the sport takes out of you physically and mentally. I am most fragile when I have had too many matches.”
The action starts this afternoon at 2pm, with eight best-of-three matches on each of the first three days, with every player playing once each day.
Players will battle for a place in the semi-finals and a chance to claim the prize purse of $160,000 on offer in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
Tickets start at Dhs25 for general entry and are available on the door.