Over the coming weeks, we’re giving you the chance to decide the greatest players in squash history as we take a look at the achievements and legacy of some of the most recognised names ever to take to a squash court.
This week we have been looking at some of the outstanding squash players to have graced the courts before 1960 – and now you can vote for who you think is the greatest.
Click on each player's name to learn more about them and then vote on our poll at the bottom of the page!
A six-time British Open Champion and six-time British Amateur Championship winner, Abdelfattah Amr – better known as F.D. Amr Bey – was the firstly truly dominant squash player in history and a man credited for creating the foundations upon which Egypt’s current domination of squash has been built upon.
Considered to be squash’s original Godfather, Khan was born in Peshawar in what is modern day Pakistan. Khan- who’s exact date of birth remains a mystery – broke racial and class barriers during a pioneering career that saw him win the prestigious British Open a total of seven times, becoming the first Pakistani champion in tournament history and launching the Khan dynasty that would dominate squash throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Don Butcher was the first player to actually win the British Open men’s title in 1931. Butcher was considered a very innovative player in his time. He deviated from the conventional up and down the wall style adopted by most players in his era, making full use of boasts, lobs, drop shots and reverse angles, as well as cultivating the serve.
Mahmoud Karim won four straight British Open titles from 1947-50 to write his name into the squash history books. He was seen as a player of unique talent, who brought completely new qualities to the game.
Peshawar-born Roshan Khan was part of the first wave of Pakistani talent that dominated the sport in the 1950s and early 60s, while he also played a huge part in the incredible ‘Khan Dynasty’ – fathering the legendary Jahangir Khan, who went on to have a record-breaking career in the sport – while winning a British Open title.
The first ever player to be crowned British Open champion, Charles Read was also a talented Lawn Tennis and Rackets player and became the British Professional Champion in both sports.
An all-round racket sport specialist, England’s Jim Dear triumphed in the finals of the racquets world championship, the real tennis world championship and the British Open Squash Championship during a glittering 30-year sporting career that also saw his successes restricted due to World War Two.
Matthew Farhang Mohtadi isn’t a name that immediately comes up when discussing the greats of the game of squash during the sport’s early days and while his on-court successes were limited, his role as a trail-blazer and overall sporting pedigree make him a name worthy of consideration.
Jack Summers was the first winner of the iconic Tournament of Champions and went on to capture the title an impressive four times throughout the 1930s.
George Diehl Mateer was one of the leading squash players in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. He is the only amateur player to have won two U.S. Open titles (in 1955 and 1959). He also won three U.S. National Singles titles between 1954 and 1960 and a record 11 US National Doubles titles between 1949 and 1966.
The middle of three squash playing sisters alongside elder sister Margaret and younger sister Joyce, Nancy Cave was a three-time British Open Champion and six-time British Open Championship runner-up – a record number that still stands to this day.
The first ever winner of the women’s British Open Squash Championship, Joyce Cave triumphed in 1922 to etch her name into the sport’s history books – beating her two elder sisters Margaret Cave in the semi-finals and Nancy Cave in the final.
Janet Morgan was an English squash player who dominated the game in the 1950s. She won the British Open on ten consecutive occasions and was the sport’s most famous player until the rise of Heather McKay in the 1960s.
Joan Curry was an English squash and tennis player who won the British Open three times in a row from 1947-49.
Susan Noel was an accomplished squash and tennis player who counted three British Open titles and a US National Championships crown amongst her honours.
Like Noel, Margot Lumb was proficient in both squash and tennis and racked up five successive British Open titles between 1935-1939 – a total which puts her level in the all-time winners list with Malaysian superstar Nicol David.
Cecily Fenwick made her first appearance at the British Open Squash Championship in 1924, reaching the semi-finals before losing to eventual winner Nancy Cave. One year later she again lost to Cave in the semi-finals.
Winner of the second women’s British Open Championship in 1923, Silvia Hunstman ripped through the field to reach the final without dropping a game before then defeating defending champion Nancy Cave 2-1 in the title-decider in what was her first appearance at the tournament.
Voting will close at 10am on Wednesday August 1.