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James Willstrop
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England

World Ranking:
15
World Series Ranking:
22
Birthplace:
North Walsham, England
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James Willstrop Profile
Date of Birth 15th August, 1983
Height (cm) 190
Weight (kg) 88
Residence Harrogate, England
Coach Malcolm Willstrop, David Campion
Interests Drama, baking, quantum physics
Racket Sponsor Unsquashable
String Sponsor Unsquashable
Other Sponsors Karakal, CSPC Physio, AJ Bell, Spiers, Play Squash Academy

James Willstrop is one of England’s greatest squash players and has maintained one of the sport’s most bitter rivalries with three-time World Champion Nick Matthew.
Known as ‘The Marksman’ after his accurate shot placement, he has a large, rangy build and stands at an impressive 6 feet 4 inches.
He lifted the Qatar Classic in 2005 after losing out in the final of the British Open and picked up a silver medal alongside Vicky Botwright in the 2006 Commonwealth games.
2008 saw more heartbreak at the British Open after a 3-2 defeat to David Palmer despite Willstrop holding match ball on two occasions. He reached the final again a year later but lost out in a tense five-set match with Matthew.
Willstrop started 2010 with an impressive win at the Tournament of Champions, dropping just one game throughout the whole tournament. He lost out to Matthew though in arguably the biggest match of his career, the World Championship final, later that year.
The Englishman had a stunning 2011 and earned a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games after defeat to Matthew again. Willstrop followed this up by winning fifteen matches in a row to clinch the Hong Kong Open, the Kuwait Open and the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters. This led to him reaching a career high World No.1 ranking in January 2012 but he surrendered it to compatriot Matthew after defeat in the Tournament of Champions the same year.
The Norfolk-born Willstrop wrote the book Shot and a Ghost in 2012 which released to positive reviews.
Injury dogged the next two years but Willstrop still managed to pick up a solitary PSA World Tour title in March 2013 at the Canary Wharf Classic. The Englishman celebrated the birth of his son, Logan, in November 2013 with partner Vanessa Atkinson, a former Women’s World Champion.
Willstrop showed signs he was getting back to his best when he picked up his third silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, his old foe Matthew proving victorious once more. He finished 2014 on a high though, winning the China Open for the first time in September.
More injury problems went on to disrupt Willstrop's season and, despite claiming a handful of quarter-final finishes, his World Ranking took a hit as he dropped out of the top ten at the end of the 2014/15 season.
He returned to some his best form though at the 2015 World Championship in November by dumping out then World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the third round in a performance reminiscent of his sensational best.
Willstrop eventually bowed out at the semi-final stage to eventual World Champion Gregory Gaultier but his fine display ensured that he moved back into the world’s top 15.
After a slow start to 2016, Willstrop put in a series of superb displays towards the end of the year, reaching the final of the NetSuite Open in September before claiming a first World Series semi-final spot since 2014 at the U.S. Open the following month.
Willstrop renewed his great rivalry with Matthew in the final of December’s British Grand Prix, but fell to a 19th successive defeat to his fellow Yorkshireman.
The Yorkshireman featured in the semi-final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions but lost out to eventual winner Karim Abdel Gawad in January 2017.
Willstrop then went on to reach the final of the season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals where he was eventually defeated by Egypt's Mohamed ElShorbagy.
In 2018 Willstrop claimed the biggest title of his squash career, defeating Paul Coll 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-6) to win gold at the Commonwealth Games. After his outstanding performance on Australia's Gold Coast, Willstrop became the most capped England squash player in history.

Results

Qatar Classic 2018 27 Oct - 02 Nov PSA World Tour Platinum Event

Channel VAS Championships at St George's Hill 2018 16 - 21 Oct PSA World Tour Gold Event

FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships 2018 06 - 13 Oct PSA World Tour Platinum Event

Oracle NetSuite Open 2018 27 Sep - 02 Oct PSA World Tour Gold Event

Open International de Squash de Nantes 2018 04 - 09 Sep PSA Challenger Tour 30 Event

Allam British Open 2018 15 - 20 May World Series Event

The Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open 2018 20 - 23 Mar M35 Event

Grasshopper Cup 2018 14 - 18 Mar M100 Event

15th Canary Wharf Classic 2018 05 - 09 Mar M100 Event

2018 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family & EquiTrust Life Insurance Company 22 - 28 Feb World Series Event

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