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Julian Illingworth USA #1
For 05-06 Men’s Season

Squashtalk Staff, June 30, 2006     
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THE
PRINCE – SQUASHTALK.COM US MENS SQUASH RANKINGS


Julian Illingworth is the USA’s #1 ranked
men’s squash player for July 2006, according to the newly launched
Prince – SquashTalk USA Men’s Squash Rankings. A companion
set of USA Women’s Squash Rankings will be introduced later
this summer.

Illingworth,
the two-time US National champion has recently turned full-time
professional and is embarking
on a pro tour campaign. He capped
off a successful college career in March by defending his US
National Championship on his home courts at Yale University.
The finalist in the 2006 SL Green Men’s National Closed at
Yale was Damian
Walker
, who is #2 in the July rankings.
These
rankings coincide with a serious push by Illingworth to make
a mark on the PSA tour. Illingworth’s next PSA tour appearances
will be at three PSA events in New Zealand in August.

Rounding
out the top five are Jamie Crombie, third, Preston
Quick
, fourth,
and Michael Puertas fifth. Christopher
Gordo
n, the US player
with the highest PSA international professional ranking at
96, is a close sixth behind Puertas.

The
Prince-SquashTalk USA Rankings
are a computer-based
objective ranking system, calculated
from appearances in all US tournaments who report results
to SquashTalk over a 14 month period. SquashTalk developed
the ranking system after discussions with a number of experts
and with the USSRA rankings committee.

The
ranking system assigns points to tournament performance, closely
following the PSA’s point system model, and assigns tournament
importance weightings based on strength and depth of field.
SquashTalk is experimenting with adding a factor to assign
importance to a US player’s performance in PSA tournament play,
but hasn’t perfected that portion of the system in time to
include it in this month’s rankings. (Adding that factor this
month would have moved Gordon up to fourth, leapfrogging Puertas
and Quick.) Unlike some other ranking systems, the Prince-Squashtalk
computer does NOT drop any results for players who have a bad
event, since we believe that is an important aspect of a player’s
overall record.

The
objective of this ranking system is to include all competition
appearance on US soil, and for tournament’s to be included
in the Prince-SquashTalk rankings, the tourament director or
promoter need only submit complete results to Squashtalk (results@squashtalk.com)
on a timely basis.

PRINCE
– SQUASHTALK USA MENS NATIONAL RANKINGS, JULY 1, 2006

Player Hometown Current
Ranking
Score
Julian Illingworth Portland, OR 1 88.00
Damian Walker Greenwich, CT 2 76.00
Jamie Crombie Cincinatti, OH 3 70.00
Preston Quick Greenwich, CT 4 65.71
Michael Puertas St Louis, MO 5 55.00
Chris Gordon New York, NY 6 54.38
Richard Chin New York, NY 7 38.75
Ryan Donegan New Orleans, LA 8 36.67
Gilly Lane Philadephia, PA 9 26.30
Beau River Chicago, IL 10 25.92
Dylan Patterson Greenwich, CT 11 23.33
Francis Odeh New Jersey 12 22.72
John Fulham Brookline, MA 13 22.33
Ben Oliner Poughkeepsie, NY 14 21.42
Eric Christiansen Greenwich CT 15 20.33
Thad Roberts New York, NY 16 19.28
Yasser Kamel New
York, NY
17 15.00
Jared Sandler New
York, NY
17 15.00
Jack Wyant Philadelphia, PA 17 15.00
Tim Wyant New York, NY 20 12.50
David Hetherington Richmond, VA 20 12.50

Events
included in the July 1 rankings included: Richmond, VA USA
selection event, New York, NY USA selection event, Chicago,
IL USA selection event, Greenwich CT USA selection event, USA
Nationals ’06 at Yale, Cleveland, OH USA selection event, Hyder
Trophy Tournament, New York, San Diego, CA, USA selection event,
Washington DC, USA selection event, and Birmingham, MI USA
team trials.

SquashTalk
would like to thank Prince Racquet Sports for their support
in the initiation and publication of this new and important
USA Men’s rankings.







 

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