Australian Steve Finitsis, one of the most popular players on the PSA World Tour, has announced his retirement from squash after bowing out of the North of Scotland Open last weekend.
The 33-year-old Queenslander who was born in Innisfail reached a career high of World No.45 and collected 12 titles from 25 finals during a 14 year career. Competing in 146 tournaments the Aussie-man recorded a 16-match winning streak in 2008 when he collected four titles in a row, contributing to a total match win total of of 211 from 346 encounters.
“It (retirement) is certainly something I’ve been thinking about for the last six months,” said Finitsis.
“I’m the oldest in the group now, and I used to be the youngest. It was just getting harder and harder.
“It was a tough decision, but I had a good think about it, I have no regrets. I want to go back to Australia and start a new chapter there.”
After spending most of his career based in the Netherlands Finitsis will be returning to take up a junior coaching role in his native Australia, whom he represented as part of a gold-medal winning team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which he described as a career highlight.
“I love playing on home soil, I’ve won most of my titles over the years here in Australia, so it’s a good hunting ground for me,” he said.
“I enjoy playing in front of a home crowd rather than overseas.”