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John
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April 1, 2003 by Howard Harding ©
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White,
Nicol, Lincou in a Virtual Tie at 1-2-3

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John White keeps #1 spot as Peter
Nicol climbs back to #2, photo © 2004 Debra Tessier

April first
sees the charismatic Canadian star Jonathon Power fall to number 8 in
the world rankings, his lowest position sinc November 1996. His level
of play would justifiable place him significantly higher, however he missed
two crucial ranking tournaments last December with a broken hand and will
suffer the ranking consequences of that for at least the next several
months.

Scotland’s John
White retains the No1 position in the new April Dunlop PSA Men’s World
Squash Rankings, announced today (31 March) by the Professional Squash
Association (PSA) – but, by the narrowest margins ever recorded, less
than half a point separates the top three players in the list!

White, the 30-year-old
from Nottingham who topped the rankings for the first time last month,
boasts a points average of 699.861; while England’s Peter Nicol moves
up to second place with a score of 699.583; and Frenchman Thierry Lincou
slips to third just a fifth of a point away with a tally of 699.375!

Both White and
Nicol, the London-based former world No1 who celebrates his 31st birthday
this week while leading a charity expedition to the Everest region of
Nepal, reached the quarter-finals of the inaugural five-star Bermuda Open
in March, while Lincou fell at the first round.

Lee Beachill,
the 26-year-old Englishman who celebrated his second major PSA Tour title
in three months when he lifted the Bermuda Open trophy in Hamilton, consolidates
his hold on fourth place, while Australia’s David Palmer, runner-up to
Beachill after beating Nicol in the last eight, moves up to six in the
new list, behind Egypt’s fifth-placed Karim Darwish.

Jonathon Power,
a losing semi-finalist in the Bermuda Open, drops one place to eight –
the Canadian’s lowest position since November 1996.

Pakistan’s Mansoor
Zaman, who recorded one of the best wins of his career in January when
he toppled the year’s first world No1 Thierry Lincou in the Kuwait Open,
is rewarded by a rise to 19 in the April list.

1 [1] John White
SCO
2 [3] Peter Nicol ENG
3 [2] Thierry Lincou FRA
4 [4] Lee Beachill ENG
5 [5] Karim Darwish EGY
6 [8] David Palmer AUS
7 [6] Amr Shabana EGY
8 [7] Jonathon Power CAN
9 [9] Anthony Ricketts AUS
10 [10] Nick Matthew ENG
11 [11] Joseph Kneipp AUS
12 [12] Gregory Gaultier FRA
13 [13] James Willstrop ENG
14 [14] Ong Beng Hee MAS
15 [15] Omar Elborolossy EGY
16 [16] Graham Ryding CAN
17 [17] Adrian Grant ENG
18 [18] Mohammed Abbas EGY
19 [20] Mansoor Zaman PAK
20 [19] Paul Price AUS


Other Players from the Americas
in the top 100 (Apr 1 2004):

32 (31) Shahier Razik CAN
49 (49) Viktor Berg CAN
64 (65) Matthew Giuffre CAN
69 (69) Rafael Alarcon BRA
75 (89) Shawn DeLierre CAN
76 (76) Eric Galvez MEX
80 (92) Nick Kyme BER
82 (80) Ian Power CAN
89 (90) David Phillips CAN

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

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