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Tarek Momen

Tarek Momen
Country  Egypt
Residence Cairo, Egypt
Born (1988-02-23) February 23, 1988 (age 26)
Cairo, Egypt
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 64 kilograms (141 lb)
Turned Pro 2005
Retired Active
Plays Right Handed
Coached by Hisham El Attar
Racquet used Prince
Men's singles
Highest ranking No. 10 (June, 2013)
Current ranking No. 12 (November, 2013)
Title(s) 3
Tour final(s) 8
Last updated on: November, 2013.

Tarek Momen, (born February 23, 1988 in Cairo) is a professional squash player who represented Egypt. He reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 10 in June 2013. He also has a bachelor's degree in Engineering from the American University in Cairo.

A PSA member since 2005, Tarek Momen found time to graduate in Electronic Engineering at the American University in Cairo before devoting himself 100% to the Tour - and first breaking into the top 20 world rankings in November 2009, then celebrating a career-high No10 in April this year.

The latest Egyptian to break into the world top ten, Momen reached his first Tour final at the Thessaloniki Open in Greece in March 2006 as a qualifier – upsetting No2 seed Daryl Selby in the semi-finals before losing out to Spanish favourite Borja Golan in the final. It was five years later before he converted a final appearance into a winner’s cheque – claiming his maiden title at the 2011 Irish Open in Dublin. Unseeded, Momen dismissed No2 seed Olli Tuominen, then third seed Saurav Ghosal before overcoming Australian favourite Stewart Boswell 12-10, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3 in the final.

And later in 2012, two significant titles came Momen’s way: Firstly, seeded three in the Colombian Open, he ousted local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the final to win the PSA International 35 title in Bogota – then, unseeded, he carved his way through the Malaysian Open field in Selangor, dismissing Borja Golan in straight games in the semi-finals before overcoming fellow countryman Mohamed Elshorbagy, the event’s second seed, 12-10, 6-11, 12-10, 8-11, 14-12 in the 109-minute final. The PSA International 50 title marked the third and biggest of his career.

The Selangor success had extra significance for Momen as the women’s title was won by compatriot Raneem El Weleily, the then world No2 who later became his fiancée! Momen’s 2013 campaign began strongly with a surprise semi-final finish in the Swedish Open after a five-game upset over 4th seed Daryl Selby in the opening round. Last 16 round finishes in successive World Series events, the North American Open and PSA Kuwait Cup in March – coupled with a quarter-final berth in the KL Open, where he was unseeded – all led to his career-high No9 ranking the following month. And the British Open in May saw the 25-year-old record his best ever performance in the event when he upset seventh seed Peter Barker to reach the quarter-finals.

Away from the Tour, Momen made his senior debut for Egypt in the World Team Championship in June in France, where he won all but one of his matches for the title-holders. [1][2]


External links

  • PSA official website
  • Tarek Momen profile on SquashInfo

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