Here is a brief profile of 5 players considered by many to be legends of men’s squash.
The older of two legendary Pakistani Squash players, Jahangir Khan was born on
10 December1963, in Karachi. Many stalwarts of the game consider Jahangir to be the best squash player ever to step on the court and that his greatness will be extremely difficult to surpass.
Jahangir won the World Squash Open 6 times and the British Open 10 times. Unbeaten from 1981 to 1986, his record clearly puts him above other legends of men’s squash.
His 555 consecutive victories is a Guinness World Record for the longest winning streak achieved by any athlete. Jahangir played until 1993 and then retired to serve as a President of the squash federation from 2002 to 2008.
Jansher Khan was born on 15 June1969 in Peshawar Pakistan. He achieved the top world ranking in professional squash winning the World Open tournament 8 times, at the time this was a world record. He won the British Open squash championship 6 times.
During his illustrious career, Jansher won 99 titles and was the World’s No. 1 ranked player for over 10 years. Jansher officially retired from squash in 2001.
Ramy Mohammed Ashour, an Egyptian, was born on 30 September 1987 and became the No.1 ranked squash player in 2010 when he won the Saudi International Squash Tournament in 2009 by defeating Nick Mathew.
Aged just 22, Ramy became the youngest player since 1980 to reach the World No.1 position. His other notable achievement was of winning the junior World Squash Championship twice.
Nicholas Matthew, was born in England on 25 July 1980. His distinction has been winning the British as well as World Open thrice in his career.
In June 2010, Nicholas was the world’s top ranking player. Considering this achievement was made at a time when Egyptian Ramy Ashour was playing at his peak, Nicholas deserves to be considered among the legends of men’s squash and one of Britain’s finest players.
Australian David Palmer was born on June 28, 1976 in New South Wales. He won the World Open tournament twice, in 2002 and 2006.
David also won the British Open title 4 times in 2001, 2003, 2004 and then again in 2008. He attained the World No. 1 ranking twice, first in 2001 and also for one month in 2006.
Other legends of the sport include Peter Nicol and Jonathon Power, both of whom are still involved in the sport today, coaching and advocating for the sport. Nicol and Power also have one of the longest standing and greatest rivalries over the years.
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