Name: Amr Shabana
Date of Birth: 20th July 1979
World Ranking: 5
World Series Ranking: 4
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Residence: Cairo, Egypt
Interests: Family & music
Clubs/Teams: Ahly Club
Biography: 2014 Tournament of Champions winner and a top ten player for over a decade, Amr Shabana is still proving a force to be reckoned with despite his increasing age, with the Tournament of Champions win making him the oldest professional to win a World Series title.
‘The Maestro’ won the first of his four World Championships titles in 2003, beating Thierry Lincou in the final despite the Egyptian being seeded 9th for the tournament. In doing so, Shabana became the first Egyptian to win the World Championship.
A disappointing year followed but a change in coach paid dividends and he was back at the summit of the game in 2005, this time dispatching David Palmer in the World Championship final.
Another two World Championship finals followed in 2007 and 2009 and he ranked World No.1 for an astonishing 33 months before being overtaken by Karim Darwish in 2009.
Shabana will be hoping to follow up January’s Tournament of Champions win with further tournament successes this year.