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Coll Becomes First Male New Zealander to Reach World No.1 in PSA World Rankings

Greymouth-born Paul Coll has made history as the first man ever from New Zealand to reach World No.1 in the PSA Men's World Rankings, which were released today (March 1).

The 29-year-old was in magnificent form throughout 2021 and won three PSA World Tour titles, including the prestigious Allam British Open, where he beat the man he has replaced as World No.1 - Egyptís Ali Farag - to become the first male Kiwi to win the sportís longest-running event.

Those wins, coupled with Faragís ranking points from the 2020 Qatar Classic and CIB Black Ball Squash Open expiring, have sent Coll to World No.1 and he becomes the 21st man to climb to the summit of the World Rankings. It is also the first time since Frenchman Gregory Gaultier topped the rankings in May 2017 that there hasnít been an Egyptian menís World No.1.

ďItís pretty special and itís capping off a great season,Ē said Coll, who takes on Tarek Momen in the semi-finals of the Windy City Open Presented by the Walter Family tonight.

ďItís something that I didnít think would come through this soon in the season, so itís a real special moment and itís huge for me. Iíve always had this goal and itís always been in the back of my mind that it was what I wanted, so Iíve just kept training and trying to improve to reach that spot.Ē

Faragís six-month reign as World No.1 comes to an end as he drops to No.2 ahead of World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy - who returned to action with a title win at the Squash on Fire Open last month. Mostafa Asal (No.4) and Tarek Momen (No.5) complete the top five.

Diego Elias (No.6), Marwan ElShorbagy (No.7) and Squash on Fire Open runner-up Joel Makin (No.8) retain their places, while Mazen Hesham rises a place to a career-high ranking of No.9 at the expense of Fares Dessouky, who drops to No.10.

Frenchman Gregoire Marche moves up to a career-high ranking of No.11, with Colombiaís Miguel Rodriguez falling to No.12. Karim Abdel Gawad and Mohamed Abouelghar stay at No.13 and No.14, respectively. Youssef Soliman takes the last spot in the top 15, switching places with Indiaís Saurav Ghosal to record a career-high ranking.

Next comes Youssef Ibrahim at No.17, while Eain Yow Ng and Raphael Kandra share the No.18 spot. Baptiste Masotti rounds off the top 20.

Australiaís Josh Larkin is the biggest mover on the menís tour after a runner-up finish at the Roberts & Morrow North Coast Open saw him move up 398 places to No.321. Indiaís Karan Malik also enjoyed a big rise in his ranking, moving up 234 spots to No.577 after appearing in the last 24 of the Squash on Fire Open.

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