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Peter Nicol’s Career Achievement:
150 months in top ten.

Oct 1, 2006 by Howard Harding ©
2006
photo © 2006 Debra Tessier

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[top Americas players]

J Power
Amr
Shabana – keeps the PSA world #1 ranking through at least
October. (photo © 2006
Debra Tessier.)

Peter Nicol Bows
Out On A Century And A Half!

Amr Shabana makes
his mark on the new October Dunlop
PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings
as world number one
for the seventh month. 

But
more than a year before the Egyptian made his debut in the
list at 262, Britain’s
Peter
Nicol
made his entry in
the world top ten. 

And
today, the 33-year-old from London who retired from the PSA
Tour
last month, makes
his final appearance in the rankings at No6 – marking
his 150th successive month in the world’s top ten!
  This
record of consecutive months in the top ten is unlikely to
ever be matched again in squash, due to the increasing parity
in the game.
Moreover, Peter Nicol achieved this during a period of considerable
pressure from a range of rivals – principally Jonathon Power
and Jansher Khan but also including a wide range of top-tier
players such as Peter Marshall, Simon Parke, David Palmer and
Thierry Lincou, to name a few.

“I get a strange feeling when I think of
this achievement – this incredible twelve-and-a-half-year
journey in squash – but it’s one of which I am immensely proud,” said
Nicol, who rounded off his professional career in September
when he reach the quarter-finals of the Al-Ahram World
Open
in the spectacular setting by the Great Pyramids
of Giza in Egypt – the scene of his World Open triumph in 1999.

With
49 PSA Tour titles to his name and 60 months at the top of
the world rankings, Peter Nicol is one of the most successful
squash players of all-time.  In March this year, he fought
through a world-class field to win the singles gold medal in
the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne,
later also clinching gold in the Men’s Doubles to claim his
fourth Games gold medal since 1998.

“One
of the vivid memories of my 14 years as CEO of the World
Squash Federation came on 13
November 1993,” recalls
Ted
Wallbutton
, now the Professional
Squash Association’s
Marketing Executive.  “I
was in Doha for
the Qatar International and, for the first time, saw Peter
Nicol play. His huge talent was obvious
and it was no surprise to me that he was in the top 10 just
six months later.

“In those 150 months since then that Peter
has graced the PSA top 10, he has shown flawless sportsmanship,
great charm and effortless wit.  His amazing record is
unique in Squash and outstanding in any sport – and he has
added immeasurably to the reputation of Squash and the PSA.”

Victory in the World Open sees David
Palmer
close the gap behind Shabana in the October
list.  The second-placed Australian was knocked out
of last month’s semi-finals of the Dunlop British
Open
by
Thierry
Lincou
, but stretches
his lead above the third-placed Frenchman who ended as runner
up in Nottingham.

Anthony Ricketts,
the Super Series Finals champion who was a
surprise first round casualty in the British Open, rises to
four in the new list, overtaking England’s
James
Willstrop.

The
biggest top 20 rise is achieved by Egypt’s Ramy
Ashour
, the record two-times world junior champion
who reached the World Open quarter-finals unseeded, then
made it into the semi-finals of the St Louis Open.  The
19-year-old from Cairo leaps
eight places into the top 20 at No13.

The domestic rivalry between Malaysians Ong
Beng Hee
and Mohd Azlan Iskandar takes
an unusual step in the October list, where both are neck-and-neck
at No16.  Beng Hee fought through to the last eight
of the British Open as a qualifier.

 



     1      [1]        Amr
Shabana               EGY

     2     [2]        David
Palmer                AUS

     3     [3]        Thierry
Lincou             FRA

     4     [5]        Anthony
Ricketts          AUS

     5     [4]        James
Willstrop
           ENG

     6     [6]        Peter Nicol                  ENG

     7     [7]        Gregory
Gaultier          FRA

     8     [8]        Nick
Matthew              ENG

     9     [9]        Lee
Beachill                 ENG

     10    [11]       John White                  SCO

     11    [10]      Karim
Darwish              EGY

     12    [13]      Stewart
Boswell           AUS

     13    [21]      Ramy
Ashour                EGY

     14    [16]      Wael
El Hindi              EGY

     15    [17]      Adrian Grant                ENG

     16=  [14]      Ong
Beng Hee              MAS

     16=  [12]      Mohd
Azlan Iskandar   MAS

     18    [15]      Olli
Tuominen               FIN

     19    [18]      Mohammed
Abbas         EGY

     20   [19]      Alex
Gough                  WAL

 

Other Players from the Americas
in the top 100 (Aug 1 2006):

22 (22) Shahier Razik CAN
38 (42) Matthew Giuffre CAN
41 (40) Rafael Alarcon BRA
48 (49) Eric Galvez MEX

54 (50) Shawn DeLierre CAN
56 (63) Miguel Angel Rodriguez COL
63 (65) Bernardo Samper COL

69 (73) Nick Kyme BER

83 (80) Sabir Butt CAN
87 (96) Christoper Gordon USA

104 (100) David Phillips CAN

and the other top Americans:

110 (108) Julian Illingworth USA
117 (119) Dylan Patterson USA
127 (118) Beau River USA

134 (137) Ryan Donegan USA

other notables:

21 (20) Ramy Ashour EGY
23 (24) Cameron Pilley (AUS)
26 (26) Borje Golan (SPA)
27 (27) Laurens Jan Anjema NL
29 (31) Joey Barrington ENG

81 (72) Simon Rosner GER
118 (140) Yasser El Halaby EGY



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