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25/01/2022
2021 Rolex Annual Awards - most improved Players

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Asal and Elaraby Most Improved Player of the Year

MEN


A big spread of responses here, with Youssef Ibrahim, Ng Eain Yow, Paul Coll, Moustafa El Sirty (nine titles this year!), Sebastien Bonmalais and Timmy Brownell all getting namechecked. However, it’s that man Mostafa Asal who wins again for the impact he has made on the latter stages of top-level tournaments at such a tender age.

Jamie Maddox: “I’ve never seen a player learn and adapt to the highest level so quickly. You could literally see him improve all aspects of his game and attitude each match he played.”

WOMEN


A big assortment of suggestions from our experts on this one, but it’s Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby who nicks it with two votes among our panel. The 21-year-old Alexandrian climbed into the top 10 for the first time this year and reached the quarter-finals at the British, Egyptian and El Gouna Opens. USA’s Olivia Fliechter and Amanda Sobhy, and England’s Gina Kennedy and Lucy Beecroft, were also picked out for praise.

Peter Schmidl: “Rowan made some good improvement in game play and tactics throughout the year.”