History maker Daniel Poleshchuk is the PSA Player of the Month for February after claiming a maiden PSA World Tour tournament triumph during the Global Relocations Israel Open in Herzliya in what was only his fifth appearance on the PSA World Tour.
The 19-year-old former Millfield School student, who trained under the guidance of squash legend Jonah Barrington, delighted the partisan home crowd by putting in a remarkable run to come through qualification and then take out two of the tournament's top seeds en route to his first tour final.
Then, in a breath-taking finale, the teenager fought back from two games down against Frenchman Geoffrey Demont, ranked 100 places higher than him in the world rankings, to seal the title and become the first Israeli player ever to win a PSA World Tour event.
“Being the first Israeli ever to win a PSA World Tour event is an amazing feeling!,” said Polechuk.
“I have really enjoyed playing in the Israel Open PSA tournament and I would like to thank the organisers and the sponsors for putting up such a great event.
“Winning this title means a lot to me, not only that it's my first title in my professional career, but doing it in Israel, in my home club, in front of my friends and family is really special for me and I would like to thank my coaches Nadav Wilensky and Maciek Klis and of course my family, my friends and my sponsors.”
The Israeli who trains predominantly in Poland only took up the sport of squash after a chance encounter with a racket aged seven, while he was waiting on his father to finish a club game after he finished football training.
But he has gone on to become a promising talent within the sport and has begun to shown signs of what he can achieve within the professional ranks and with victory ensuring the man from Ramat-Gan a significant rise in the rankings, he now has his sights set on further success in 2015
“Currently I am based between Israel and Poland and my plans for the rest of 2015 are to keep playing good squash and stay healthy, learning from my matches, beating players that are better than me and getting into the top 100 by the end of the year,” he said.
“Playing on the PSA World Tour is great. Being able to travel around the world, play different tournaments and in different venues and meeting new people is amazing and I really like that.”