In 2015, Abdel-Aziz Youssef announced himself to the world when he claimed the boys’ singles title at the Mauritius Junior Open while he also added the Cadet Bys title to it at the African junior Championship in Mauritius as well.

Again, he showed his class at the 2016 edition of the African Junior Championship in Algiers when he claimed the four titles after winning gold medals in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team event for Egypt.

Still eligible to compete at junior level when the 2017 African Junior Championships kick off in Tunis come April, Abdel-Aziz Youssef still optimistic of clinching four titles again.

The young Egyptian who is in his second season with Hohenstein in the third division of German Bundesliga league said: “I am looking forward to win the singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team events titles again in Tunis just like I did last year in Algiers. I hope I can also repeat such feat in Tunisia.”

He however admitted that winning all these titles would not on a platter of gold as there would be more challenge from other top players. “I expect that winning the title again will be difficult as there are many respectable players but I hope to win the title this year also. I hope I can because I have been practicing well in Germany but I must admit it is not easy because the competition is always very hard.”

For Abdel-Aziz Youssef, Nigeria and host – Tunisia are major threats to Egyptian ambition in Tunis. “The teams that are very strong and remain threats to Egypt most times are Nigeria and Tunisia but we will surely do our best in the tournament. I hope the Egyptian team will be ready and we can achieve what we did last year in Algeria.”

The teenage prodigy admitted that playing in his second World Junior Championships in South Africa has boosted his knowledge of the sport particularly after playing against some of the best juniors in the world. “Playing in South Africa last year has really added to my knowledge of the sport as I gained more experience especially playing against the top players when I made it to the main draw of the singles. At present I am sharpen up in Germany for the competition in Tunis,” he added.