Wildcard Azzam Upsets Mueller In Black Ball Opener

3 Mar 2023

17-year-old wildcard Omar Azzam marked his PSA World Tour debut with a superb victory over world No.14 Nicolas Mueller as the Gold-level Black Ball Open got underway in Cairo, Egypt.

"I've been dreaming of this match since I was a little kid," said Azzam, who will play 2019-20 World Champion Tarek Momen in the next round.

"It's a great thing to share a court with a tough player like Nicolas. He's such a good player and I'll remember this day until I die, I can't believe it.

"I told myself to give it my all. I've been training my shots for the past year with my coach, Ahmed Eiffat. All of the hard work came out, so I'm really happy with my performance and I'm looking forward to the next match."

In the women's draw, world No.19 Nada Abbas required a sensational comeback to advance to the second round, overturning a 2/0 deficit against fellow Egyptian Mariam Metwally. Abbas will play No.4 seed Joelle King in the next round.