Nour El Tayeb and Ali Farag are no strangers in the squash world. The Egyptian players made history last year when they won US Open squash title in men’s and women’s category. Not only were they from the same country; they are from the same house.
Yes, you read it right, The Men’s World No 2 Ali Farag and Women’s World No 3 Nour El Tayeb were married in 2016 and a year later they won the title on the same day of the event. We look at some interesting facts about these Egyptian squash couple.
Both the players were born in Cairo and became the first married couple to win the same major sports title on the same day.
Farag graduated from Harvard University in 2014, with a degree in mechanical engineering and was one of the best squash players in college history, suffering only two defeats in his three years. Nour in 2007 began to show just her potential by reaching the main draw of the Hurghada International.
Farag was named the PSA Player of the Month in April 2015 for reaching the main draw of the El Gouna Invitational as a qualifier and for winning back-to-back titles in Ireland. Nour entered Top 50 for the first time after a strong performance against former world champion Vanessa Atkinson in 2008. The highlight of her Nour’s junior career was, at age sixteen, reaching the final of the World Juniors in 2009, beating top seed Dipika Pallikal on the way before losing to fellow Egyptian Nour El Sherbini.
In 2010 Nour won her first title at the Creteil International Open and became the third youngest Tour title winner after besting home favourite Camille Serme in the final. Ali captured his first title at the Open Du Gard in 2011 and swiftly followed that up with a crown at the Meersquashheroes Open a week later.