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Mansoor
Zaman Moves up to #11 while Lavigne and Gaultier make French history

May 1 2003 by Ron Beck © 2003
match sequence © 2003 Debra Tessier

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Like
the Indianapolis 500 running under the yellow flag, the PSA tour went
through another month with virtually no action for the top ranked players.
This meant that David Palmer, completely out of action due to a ruptured
appendix, was able to maintain his world #2 position as none of the top
five saw ranking action.

What
action did happen on the world tour, were smaller tournaments that gave
the second echelon pros good opportunities to gain valuable ranking ground.
Principal movers this month were Pakistani Mansoor Zaman, who rode some
strong results in Qatar and Pakistan to move from #14 to #11.

He
is the first Pakistani since Amjad Khan precipitously dropped out of the
rankings 3 1/2 years ago, to reach the all-important top 12.

Meanwhile,
three Frenchman appeared in the men’s world top twenty for the first time
ever.

Thierry
Lincou burst into the top ten in September 2001 and has maintained a place
in the top eight since that date. The French champion, who led his
country to the European Team Championships’ final for the fourth successive
year on Sunday, is joined in the world elite by fellow Parisian Renan
Lavigne, at No20, and Gregory Gaultier, the twice European Junior Champion
from Aix-en-Provence who makes his top twenty debut at 18.

Australia’s
David Palmer maintains his position at No2 in the new list, ahead
of Canada’s Jonathon Power at No3. Scotland’s John White overtakes
Australian Stewart Boswell to claim the No4 place.

Egypt’s
former world junior champion Karim Darwish maintains his world top
ten march to rise to a career-high No8 position – while Pakistan squash
is
boosted by the three-place jump by left-hander Mansoor Zaman to a career-best
world No11 ranking.

Canadian
squash is given a lift by the return to the top twenty after a
14-month absence of Graham Ryding at 19 – and the top thirty debut of
Shahier Razik, at 27.

1
[1] Peter Nicol ENG
2 [2] David Palmer AUS
3 [3] Jonathon Power CAN
4 [5] John White SCO
5 [4] Stewart Boswell AUS
6 [6] Thierry Lincou FRA
7 [7] Anthony Ricketts AUS
8 [9] Karim Darwish EGY
9 [8] Lee Beachill ENG
10 [10] Ong Beng Hee MAS
11 [14] Mansoor Zaman PAK
12 [12] Joseph Kneipp AUS
13 [17] Simon Parke ENG
14 [11] Mark Chaloner ENG
15 [13] Martin Heath SCO
16 [19] Omar Elborolossy EGY
17 [15] Alex Gough WAL
18 [22] Gregory Gaultier FRA
19 [24] Graham Ryding CAN
20 [25] Renan Lavigne FRA


Other Players from the Americas
in the top 100 (May 1 2003):

27 Shahier Razik CAN
45 Viktor Berg CAN
83 Eric Galvez MEX
86 Shawn DeLierre CAN
87 Ian Power CAN
88 Matthew Giuffre CAN
104 Sabir Butt CAN
107 Preston Quick USA
110 Beau River USA

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