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White
Narrows Gap Behind Nicol In New World Rankings

England’s Peter Nicol retains his No1 position in the
new December Dunlop PSA Men’s World Rankings, announced today (2 December)
by the Professional Squash Association (PSA), but Scotland’s No2 John
White has narrowed the gap to some 30 points behind the Englishman’s average
of almost 800.

Scottish-born Nicol suffered a shock first round dismissal
in last month’s Pace Credit Union Canadian Classic, while White claimed
a semi-final berth.

The top six positions in the new list are unchanged, with
Australia’s world champion David Palmer remaining at three, Canadian Jonathon
Power at four, Frenchman Thierry Lincou at five and Australian Anthony
Ricketts at six.

Other changes in the final ranking list of the year contrast
vividly with action in the Qatar Classic, the $120,000 PSA Super Series
Platinum event currently being played out at the Khalifa Squash Complex
in Doha.

Egypt’s former world junior champion Karim Darwish celebrates
a career-high 7th place in the new list – but was beaten in the first
round by his country’s in-form Omar Elborolossy, whose shock win over
Nicol in Toronto sees him return to the top twenty at 18.

France’s Gregory Gaultier makes his top ten debut at 10
– but he too failed to progress beyond the first round in Doha, losing
to England’s Mark Chaloner, who drops out of the top twenty (to 22) for
the first time since February 2000!

Canada’s Graham Ryding has moved up to 13, his highest
ranking for almost three years – but went down in straight games to England’s
James Willstrop. The world junior champion from Pontefract in Yorkshire,
however, moves up six places to celebrate his top 30 debut at 28.

1 [1] Peter Nicol ENG
2 [2] John White SCO
3 [3] David Palmer AUS
4 [4] Jonathon Power CAN
5 [5] Thierry Lincou FRA
6 [6] Anthony Ricketts AUS
7 [8] Karim Darwish EGY
8 [7] Ong Beng Hee MAS
9 [10] Lee Beachill ENG
10 [12] Gregory Gaultier FRA
11 [11] Amr Shabana EGY
12 [14] Martin Heath SCO
13 [16] Graham Ryding CAN
14 [13] Joseph Kneipp AUS
15 [18] Paul Price AUS
16 [15] Mansoor Zaman PAK
17 [17] Simon Parke ENG
18 [21] Omar Elborolossy EGY
19 [9] Stewart Boswell AUS
20 [20] Alex Gough WAL


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

27 (25) Shahier Razik CAN
50 (50) Viktor Berg CAN
79 (103) Rafael Alarcon BRA
87 (89) Shawn DeLierre CAN
90 (81) Eric Galvez MEX
94 (97) Matthew Giuffre CAN

and the top American:
108 (111) Beau River USA

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