Mohamed Elshorbagy won five British Junior Open titles in a row between 2006 and 2010 [ U15, U17, U19, U19, U19 ] the last of them coming after he won his second World Junior title.
After being runner-up in the World Open finals of 2012 and 2014 he became Senior World Champion this November in Manchester.
Here he looks back on his British Junior Open career and shares some tips for today’s aspiring juniors …
“I did really well during my junior days, but a lot of players didn’t do as well. There were some unbelievably good players who were never able to win it, like Peter Nicol, Jonathon Power and Amr Shabana.
“It is a great event and brings all different types of players from all over the world together. Players start here to make memories with each other – without knowing that they could last through their whole career until they reach their mid-30s.
“The British and World Juniors were only a step for me towards that ultimate goal and I would at least learn if I had never won a junior title.
“It will be different in Birmingham after so long in Sheffield, and I hope to be there for the finals.”