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Michelle Martin (left) and Geoff Hunt (right)

GREATEST SQUASH PLAYER OF ALL TIME: Michelle Martin & Geoff Hunt voted number 8

Over the last month, we have given squash fans the chance to decide the greatest players in squash history as we looked over the achievements and legacies of some of the most recognisable names ever to take to a squash court.

The votes are now in and we will be announcing the results in descending order to when we reveal the official men’s and women’s GOAT.

20th PlaceDon Butcher & Sheila Macintosh
19th PlaceRoshan Khan & Sue Cogswell
18th PlaceAzam Khan & Anna Craven-Smith
17th PlaceAbdelfattah AbouTaleb & Sue King
16th PlaceAhmed Barada & Joyce Cave
15th PlaceF.D. Amr Bey & Silvia Huntsman
14th PlaceMahmoud Karim & Nancy Cave
13th PlaceQamar Zaman & Janet Morgan
12th PlaceJonah Barrington & Rachael Grinham
11th PlacePeter Nicol & Vicki Cardwell
10th PlaceHashim Khan & Margot Lumb
9th PlaceMohamed ElShorbagy and Liz Irving

In 8th place…

Geoff Hunt

Nationality: Australian
Months at World #1: 59
World Championship Titles: 4
World Championship Finals: 5
British Open Titles: 8
British Open Finals: 10

The most prolific Australian male of all time, Geoff Hunt enjoyed a captivating rivalry with Jonah Barrington in the nascent stages of his career before going on to cement himself as one of the greatest players ever to play the sport, with four World Championship titles and eight British Open wins capping a lengthy list of honours for the man from Melbourne.

Hunt began playing squash at the age of 12 and quickly made a name for himself as one to watch as he took the honours at the 1967 World Amateur Championships before his 21st birthday while he would win that tournament twice more over the next four years.

He then broke through on the professional stage with a British Open final win over compatriot Cam Namcarrow, winning 3-0, before final defeats to Barrington in 1970 and 1972 – the latter seeing Barrington recover from a 9-0 first game loss – saw him miss out on lifting the prestigious title for a second time.

He reached the final once again in 1974 where an injury to Mo Yasin handed him his second British Open crown and he dominated the tournament between 1976-1981 as he captured six successive titles at the sport’s longest-running tournament – putting him second on the list of all-time winners.

Hunt also has the distinction of winning squash’s first ever World Championship in 1976. That 3-2 win over Pakistan’s Mohibullah Khan kicked off a run that saw him claim a trio of World Championships in succession, with Khan’s compatriot, Qamar Zaman, falling in two of the finals.

Hunt captured his last World Championship crown in 1980 at the age of 33 – again beating Zaman – and he signed off from the sport’s biggest tournament with a final defeat to Pakistani legend Jahangir Khan the following year.

In addition to being inducted into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame, Hunt has also been rewarded for his services to squash, receiving an MBE, while he has progressed into coaching since hanging up his racket.

Hunt is currently Head Coach at the Aspire sports academy in Qatar, which has produced World No.33 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.

Nationality: Australian
Months at World #1: 58
World Championship Titles: 3
World Championship Finals: 7
British Open Titles: 6
British Open Finals: 6

Australian Michelle Martin was one of the game’s leading players in the 1990s.

She was ranked number one in the world from 1993 to 1996 and again in 1998 and 1999 and won three World Open titles and six British Open titles during her career.

Her parents introduced her to the game when she was three-years-old. She would often play squash with her family after school, and at the age of eight, she came second in the state under-13s championship. Her older brothers, Brett and Rodney, also went on to be top professional players.

She joined the Australian Institute of Sport’s squash unit shortly after its establishment in 1985 and was part of the programme for the rest of the 1980s. Her coaches there included squash champions Geoff Hunt and Heather McKay. After working in a bank, she began her professional squash career in 1987, competing in her first of six World Team Squash Championships that year.

In early 1990, she considered giving up the sport due to lack of progress (her World Ranking had been steady at No.6 for some years), until her uncle Lionel Robberds began coaching her, providing her with a rigorous training programme of running, gym work and physical drills. Following this, her confidence in her game and World Ranking began to increase.

She spent 44 months as the best women’s squash player in the world from March 1993 to October 1996 before England’s Cassie Jackman broke her dominance. She was also ranked number one in the world in 1998 and 1999.

Martin won three consecutive World Open championships from 1993 to 1995 and was a finalist in all the Word Opens from 1992 to 1999, except 1996. She also won six consecutive British Opens from 1993 to 1998.

She represented her country at the 1996 and 1999 Squash World Cups and won gold medals in the sport at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in the women’s singles and mixed doubles.

At the end of 1999 she announced her retirement, saying she had achieved all her goals in the sport.

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