Mohamed Safwat
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Mohamed Safwat
Mohamed Safwat
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Country (sports) Egypt
ResidenceCairo, Egypt
Born (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 (age 31)
Mansoura, Egypt
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2008
PlaysRight-handed (Double-handed backhand)
Prize money$ 809,919
Singles
Career record9-23 (28.1% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 130 (10 February 2020)
Current rankingNo. 175 (9 August 2021)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (2020)
French Open1R (2018)
WimbledonQ3 (2016)
US Open1R (2020)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2021)
Doubles
Career record3-9 (25.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 225 (26 September 2016)
Current rankingNo. 835 (9 August 2021)
Last updated on: 9 August 2021.

Mohamed Safwat (Arabic: ? ?; born 19 September 1990) is an Egyptian tennis player. Safwat has been a regular player on the Egypt Davis Cup team since 2009. Safwat has won one singles and three titles in doubles on the ATP Challenger Tour. He is currently the Egyptian No. 1 and the highest ranked Arab player on the ATP Tour, having overtaken Malek Jaziri in the rankings after reaching the final of the Tali Open in Helsinki, Finland, in November 2019.

Professional career

In 2016, Safwat became the first Egyptian player since 1997 to reach the final of an Challenger tournament when he reached the final in Kenitra, where he lost to Maximilian Marterer in straight sets.[1] He also reached the semifinals at the Challenger tournament in Launceston in 2017, eventually losing to Mitchell Krueger.

In 2018, Safwat beat No. 3 seed and top 100 player Jordan Thompson en route to his second Challenger singles final in Anning, where he lost to Prajnesh Gunneswaran.[2]

Safwat qualified for his first Grand Slam at the 2018 French Open as a lucky loser, where he lost to Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.[3] He was the first man from Egypt to play in a Grand Slam tennis tournament's main singles draw in 22 years.[4]

In January 2020, Safwat qualified for a Grand Slam main draw for the first time in his career at the 2020 Australian Open by defeating three opponents in the qualifications at Melbourne Park. It made him the first Egyptian since Ismail El Shafei in 1978 to feature in an Australian Open main draw.

In February 2020, Safwat won his first singles Challenger title at the Launceston International beating local Alex Bolt in the final, thereby becoming the first Egyptian to win a Challenger title in singles since Tamer el-Sawy in 1996 and took him to a career-high of World No. 130 in the ATP rankings on 10 February 2020.

National representation

In 2018, Safwat was part of the Egyptian Davis Cup team to advance to the 3rd round of the Europe/Africa Zone II bracket for the first time since 1996.[5]

Safwat made history for Egyptian sport at the Tokyo Olympic Games, where he made his debut, as the first Egyptian man to qualify for the Olympics in 2021 after he won the 2019 African Games.[6][7][8]

Challenger and Futures finals

Singles: 45 (25-20)

Legend (singles)
ATP Challenger Tour (1-3)
ITF Futures Tour (24-17)
Titles by surface
Hard (11-13)
Clay (14-7)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Aug 2010 Thailand F1, Nonthaburi Futures Hard France Simon Cauvard 7-6(7-5), 6-3
Loss 1-1 Aug 2011 Kazakhstan F5, Astana Futures Hard India Karan Rastogi 2-6, 1-6
Win 2-1 Nov 2011 Rwanda F1, Kigali Futures Clay Egypt Karim-Mohamed Maamoun 6-3, 6-2
Loss 2-2 Jun 2012 Spain F17, Melilla Futures Hard Republic of Ireland James McGee 3-6, 5-7
Loss 2-3 Sep 2012 Turkey F34, Antalya Futures Hard Australia Brydan Klein 6-2, 6-7(7-9), 1-6
Win 3-3 Apr 2013 Egypt F3, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Russia Ivan Nedelko 6-4, 6-2
Win 4-3 Apr 2013 Egypt F4, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Italy Gianluigi Quinzi 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
Loss 4-4 Jun 2013 Egypt F9, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Egypt Karim Hossam 4-6, 5-7
Win 5-4 Jun 2013 Egypt F10, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Austria Marc Rath 6-2, 6-7(3-7), 6-3
Win 6-4 Jul 2013 Egypt F14, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Italy Omar Giacalone 6-2, 6-3
Win 7-4 Aug 2013 Egypt F21, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Egypt Karim-Mohamed Maamoun 6-4, 6-3
Win 8-4 Sep 2013 Egypt F22, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Egypt Mazen Osama 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Win 9-4 Oct 2013 Egypt F29, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Morocco Hicham Khaddari 6-4, 6-2
Win 10-4 Nov 2013 Egypt F32, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay France Axel Michon 6-3, 7-5
Win 11-4 Dec 2013 Egypt F35, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Serbia Pe?a Krstin 6-4, 7-6(7-1)
Win 12-4 Mar 2014 Egypt F9, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Egypt Sherif Sabry 6-3, 6-3
Loss 12-5 Mar 2014 Egypt F10, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Czech Republic Jaroslav Pospí?il 1-6, 2-6
Loss 12-6 Jun 2014 Egypt F20, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Spain Marc Giner 4-6, 6-2, 2-6
Loss 12-7 Oct 2014 Egypt F29, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Netherlands Matwé Middelkoop 5-7, 6-2, 3-6
Win 13-7 Nov 2014 Turkey F38, Antalya Futures Hard Germany Marc Sieber 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
Win 14-7 Nov 2014 Egypt F33, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard France Tom Jomby 6-4, 6-4
Win 15-7 Nov 2014 Egypt F34, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Czech Republic Jaroslav Pospí?il 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
Win 16-7 Jan 2015 Egypt F2, Cairo Futures Clay Poland Kamil Majchrzak 7-5, 6-3
Loss 16-8 Mar 2015 Egypt F9, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Czech Republic Jan ?átral 3-6, 4-6
Win 17-8 Mar 2015 Egypt F10, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Czech Republic Jaroslav Pospí?il 6-3, 6-7(2-7), 5-0 ret.
Loss 17-9 Mar 2015 Egypt F11, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Czech Republic Jaroslav Pospí?il 7-6(8-6), 3-6, 6-7(5-7)
Loss 17-10 Apr 2015 Egypt F15, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Austria Dennis Novak 2-6, 6-7(4-7)
Loss 17-11 May 2015 Egypt F16, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Serbia Marko Tepavac 4-6, 4-6
Win 18-11 Jun 2015 Egypt F22, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Spain David Pérez Sanz 6-2, 6-3
Loss 18-12 Jun 2015 Egypt F23, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Spain David Pérez Sanz 5-7, 6-3, 1-6
Loss 18-13 Sep 2015 Egypt F30, Cairo Futures Clay Austria Bastian Trinker 6-7(5-7), 3-6
Win 19-13 Sep 2015 Egypt F31, Cairo Futures Clay Austria Bastian Trinker 7-6(7-3), 6-0
Loss 19-14 Sep 2015 Egypt F32, Cairo Futures Clay France Adrien Puget 6-7(1-7), 0-6
Win 20-14 Jan 2016 Egypt F1, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Spain Enrique López Pérez 6-3, 7-5
Win 20-14 Jan 2016 Egypt F2, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Belgium Julien Dubail 6-2, 6-1
Loss 20-15 Apr 2016 Egypt F12, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Serbia Marko Tepavac 6-7(5-7), 4-6
Loss 21-16 Apr 2016 Nigeria F1, Abuja Futures Hard Netherlands Antal van der Duim 5-7, 3-6
Win 22-16 Apr 2016 Nigeria F2, Abuja Futures Hard Bosnia and Herzegovina Aldin ?etki? 6-4, 4-2 ret.
Loss 22-17 May 2016 Nigeria F4, Abuja Futures Hard Spain David Pérez Sanz 6-7(3-7), 4-6
Loss 22-18 Sep 2016 Kenitra, Morocco Challenger Clay Germany Maximilian Marterer 2-6, 4-6
Win 23-18 Jul 2017 Egypt F20, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Italy Lorenzo Frigerio 6-4, 7-5
Win 24-18 Aug 2017 Italy F25, Cornaiano Futures Clay Bosnia and Herzegovina Tomislav Brki? 6-4, 6-3
Loss 24-19 Apr 2018 Anning, China, P.R. Challenger Clay India Prajnesh Gunneswaran 7-5, 3-6, 1-6
Loss 24-20 Nov 2019 Helsinki, Finland Challenger Hard (i) Finland Emil Ruusuvuori 3-6, 7-6(7-4), 2-6
Win 25-20 Feb 2020 Lauceston, Australia Challenger Hard Australia Alex Bolt 7-6(7-5), 6-1

Doubles: 21 (13-8)

Legend (doubles)
ATP Challenger Tour (3-1)
ITF Futures Tour (10-7)
Titles by surface
Hard (6-6)
Clay (7-2)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 May 2011 Turkey F17, Adana Futures Clay Syria Issam Haitham Taweel Republic of Ireland Sam Barry
Republic of Ireland Barry King
2-6, 2-6
Loss 0-2 Nov 2011 Rwanda F2, Kigali Futures Clay Egypt Sherif Sabry Austria Lukas Jastraunig
Austria Gerald Melzer
2-6, 3-6
Loss 0-3 Oct 2012 Turkey F40, Adana Futures Hard Moldova Andrei Ciumac United Kingdom Jack Carpenter
United Kingdom George Morgan
3-6, 4-6
Win 1-3 Mar 2014 Egypt F9, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Egypt Sherif Sabry Egypt Karim Hossam
Egypt Mazen Osama
6-2, 6-3
Win 2-3 Mar 2014 Egypt F10, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay Egypt Sherif Sabry Switzerland Stefan Fiacan
Slovakia Filip Horanský
4-6, 6-3, [10-6]
Win 3-3 Jun 2014 Mohammedia, Morocco Challenger Clay Brazil Fabiano de Paula Germany Richard Becker
France Elie Rousset
6-2, 3-6, [10-6]
Win 4-3 Oct 2014 Egypt F28, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Netherlands Matwé Middelkoop Egypt Sherif Sabry
Czech Republic Libor Salaba
6-3, 6-4
Win 5-3 Oct 2014 Egypt F29, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Netherlands Matwé Middelkoop Czech Republic Libor Salaba
Poland Jan Zieli?ski
7-6(7-1), 6-3
Win 6-3 Nov 2014 Egypt F33, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Egypt Sherif Sabry Czech Republic Jan Blecha
Austria Pascal Brunner
6-3, 6-1
Loss 6-4 Jun 2015 Egypt F23, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Syria Issam Haitham Taweel Egypt Karim-Mohamed Maamoun
Spain David Pérez Sanz
5-7, 3-6
Win 7-4 Jul 2015 Italy F17, Sassuolo Futures Clay Austria Tristan-Samuel Weissborn Italy Alessandro Giannessi
Italy Matteo Volante
4-6, 7-5, [10-8]
Win 8-4 Sep 2015 Egypt F32, Cairo Futures Clay Egypt Karim-Mohamed Maamoun Switzerland Luca Margaroli
France Adrien Puget
6-4, 7-5
Loss 8-5 Oct 2015 Egypt F33, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Egypt Issam Haitham Taweel United Kingdom Scott Clayton
United Kingdom Jonny O'Mara
2-6, 4-6
Win 9-5 Oct 2015 Casablanca, Morocco Challenger Clay Lithuania Laurynas Grigelis Netherlands Thiemo de Bakker
Netherlands Stephan Fransen
6-4, 6-3
Loss 9-6 Jan 2016 Egypt F1, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Lithuania Lukas Mugevi?ius Serbia Darko Jandri?
Spain Enrique López Pérez
3-6, 4-6
Win 10-6 Jan 2016 Egypt F2, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Switzerland Luca Margaroli Spain Enrique López Pérez
France Laurent Rochette
6-3, 3-6, [10-7]
Win 11-6 Feb 2016 Egypt F6, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Hard Egypt Karim-Mohamed Maamoun Italy Federico Bonacia
Italy Matteo Fago
6-3, 5-7, [10-8]
Loss 11-7 Apr 2016 Nigeria F1, Abuja Futures Hard Egypt Karim-Mohamed Maamoun United States Nicolas Meister
Spain Enrique López Pérez
3-6, 4-6
Win 12-7 Sep 2016 Meknes, Morocco Challenger Clay Switzerland Luca Margaroli Spain Pedro Martínez
Spain Oriol Roca Batalla
6-4, 6-4
Win 13-7 Nov 2017 Finland F4, Helsinki Futures Hard (i) Russia Evgeny Karlovskiy Russia Vladimir Polyakov
Russia Evgenii Tiurnev
7-6(7-2), 6-4
Loss 13-8 Feb 2019 Launceston, Australia Challenger Hard Japan Hiroki Moriya Australia Max Purcell
Australia Luke Saville
5-7, 4-6

Davis Cup ties played

22 ties played, 17 victories and 10 defeats in the singles ; 7 victories and 4 defeats in the doubles (from 2009 to end of 2018)

References

  1. ^ Reem Abulleil (23 September 2016). "Egypt's Safwat reaches first career singles Challenger final". sport360.com. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Anning | Results | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Jonathan Jurejko (27 May 2018). "French Open 2018: Grigor Dimitrov beats lucky loser Mohammed Safwat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Mohamed Safwat restores some Egyptian sporting pride at French Open". 27 May 2018. Archived from the original on 2022-05-15.
  5. ^ "Tennis: Egypt to play Finland in Davis Cup - Omni Sports - Sports". Ahram Online. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Mohamed Safwat is Egypt's first tennis player to qualify for the Olympics". 19 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Olympic Dreams: Mohamed Safwat feeling good as he makes history in Egyptian tennis".
  8. ^ "Mayar Sherif and Mohamed Safwat Become First Ever Egyptian Olympic Tennis Competitors". Egyptian Streets. 2019-08-30. Retrieved .

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