Squash is an exciting and fast-paced sport that many people around the world enjoy watching. If you’ve ever wondered who the best players are or where they come from, this is for you. In this article, we go over the best squash players of all time, their careers, and triumphs.
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Considered the best squash player of all time, Jahangir Khan is a retired Pakistani squash player.
Jahangir holds the Guinness World Records for the most consecutive wins, not just in squash but all professional sports. With his 555 consecutive wins, he is truly a remarkable athlete.
When he was 15, Khan won the World Amateur Championship. Two years later, he won the World Open and thus became the youngest winner of the championship. This helped him cement his place as the greatest squash player of all time.
Before he retired, Jansher Khan was considered the only competitor of the legendary Jahangir Khan. He won the World Junior Squash Championship title when he was 16.
His first triumph over Jahangir Khan was achieved at the Hong Kong Open semi-finals in 1987. After that, he won 8 consecutive matches he played against Jahangir.
Jansher spent 513 weeks ranking the number 1 squash player in the world, with a total of 99 professional titles, eight wins at the World Open, and six wins at the British Open. These accomplishments established Jansher as one of the greatest squash players of all time.
In 2010, aged 22, Egyptian squash legend Ramy Ashour became the youngest player to reach the number 1 spot since the 80s. At age 16, he won the Men’s World Junior Squash Championship, which was his first major international title. On top of this, he’s the only player in history to have won the World Junior Squash Championship twice.
He won his first professional title in 2007 at the Canadian Squash Classic. Before he retired in 2019, Ashour won three World Open titles, one British Open title, three Hong Kong Open titles, and many more.
Known as “The Maestro”, Amr Shabana is considered one of the most experienced players in the PSA World Tour. Dubbed a crowd favourite, Shabana is the second player on this list who comes from Egypt.
Shabana’s potential was recognised first at the British Under-19 Open in 1997, where he was defeated in the finals by Ahmed Falzy. Shabana claimed his first PSA World Tour title at the Puebla Open two years later.
Since then, Shabana went on to win four World Championship titles before he retired in 2015. He is the first Egyptian to ever succeed at this feat.
Nick Matthew is a retired English squash player who made quite the name for himself among the greats of the sport.
His track record is impeccable: three World Champion titles, three Commonwealth Games Gold Medals, and 19 months spent as the number 1 player. He managed to accomplish all of this while never being a runner-up in these competitions.
The third Egyptian on this list – Mohamed Elshorbagy, is seen as one of the most promising talents among the PSA World Tour players.
Having joined the PSA at the young age of 15, he became the first player in history to secure a maiden Professional Squash Association World Tour title at a five-star event. He’s also the only player to match Ramy Ashour’s double title at the World Junior Championship.
During his career, Elshorbagy was ranked no.1 in the world for eight consecutive years, with 68 appearances at finals.
The only North American to reach the number 1 spot, Jonathon Power is a Canadian squash player, considered one of the greatest shotmakers in the game’s history.
In 2006, while holding the number 1 spot on the PSA World Tour rankings. He had a 15-year-long career, during which he won 37 PSA championships and held the number 1 spot worldwide for 14 months.
Every sport has its legends, and squash is no exception. Throughout the sport’s history, there have been many players that have performed exceptionally. In this article, we went over some of the best squash players of all time.