While Egyptian tennis might not be of the standard some would hope, much of their national success could be seen as being down to the work of Mohamed Safwat. The 28-year-old is a standard bearer for the Egyptians in the sport, having become the first Egyptian to qualify for a Grand Slam main draw for 22 years when he did so in 2018. He lost to Grigot Dimitrov in the qualifying rounds, but was picked as a ‘lucky loser’ and went through.
He has enjoyed a successful career overall, though, winning some big games and earning impressive wins over the likes of Jordan Thompson. He is the Egyptian number one, and ranks as the best Arab player after Malek Jaziri.
On top of that, Safwat has won an impressive 24 titles at ITF level, with his first arriving in 2010 against Simon Cauvard over in Nonthaburi. His most recent win at this level came against Aldin Sektic in 2016, when he won in Abuja.
Safwat, then, has done a lot for his nations’ standing as a tennis country, and is now reaching a peak where he could go even further than he has so far.