The world of squash has reacted to the news that legendary Frenchman Gregory Gaultier has called time on his glittering 22-year career.
A World Champion in 2015, Gaultier spent 20 months at World No.1 between 2009-2018 and also captured three British Open trophies, as well as winning the PSA World Tour Finals on three occasions.
Since making his PSA debut in 2000, Gaultier has lifted 44 PSA Tour titles, reaching 83 finals, while he won 586 of his 758 matches on the PSA Tour. Gaultier’s final PSA title came at the Czech Pro Series 1, where he beat local player Jakub Solnicky in the final. His last major PSA title win came at the 2017 El Gouna International, which came in the midst of a run which saw him dominate the PSA World Tour and capture six successive titles.
PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough led the tributes to Gaultier’s career, saying: “Greg spent two decades competing at the highest level of professional squash and is without a doubt one of the most charismatic and popular characters the sport has ever seen.
“Greg will be remembered by those that played him as probably the toughest player to breakdown on the court. His unwavering commitment, incredible fitness and mental strength saw him break a number of the sport’s long-standing records as well as break new ground for French squash, while his emotional comeback last year after 15 months on the sidelines made for one of the most heartwarming spectacles in squash in recent years.
“I want to thank Greg for his contributions to the PSA Tour over the past 22 years and on behalf of the PSA, I would like to wish him all the best for the future.”
There were also plenty of reactions from stars of the PSA World Tour both past and present…
BREAKING— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) October 15, 2021
Gregory Gaultier has announced his immediate retirement from squash
PSAWorldChamps</a> title<br>3x <a href="https://twitter.com/BritOpenSquash?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">BritOpenSquash titles
20 months at World No.1
Oldest World No.1 of all time
Merci, Greg pic.twitter.com/cW0PQQUXZE
Things will never be the same. A pillar of the
PSAWorldTour</a> .<br>Merci Greg. <br>From a fan <a href="https://t.co/EUQiJVIQAC">https://t.co/EUQiJVIQAC</a></p>— Ali Farag (AliFarag) October 15, 2021
One of a kind! This man is irreplaceable. Congrats on an amazing career, Twitterless Greg Gaultier! You will be missed https://t.co/xtvtS2Kxa4— Amanda Sobhy (@itssobhytime) October 15, 2021
Sorry to hear this but congrats to Greg on a truly phenomenal career. Had the privilege of sharing a court with the great man for the last 25 years, what a player and what a character. Best of luck in the next chapter.. #mercithegeneral https://t.co/B7a6u8×3T0— Daryl Selby (@DarylSelby) October 15, 2021
What a player! A legend of the game been a pleasure to get to know him & a privilege to share the court with him on the
PSAWorldTour</a>. Congratulations on an amazing career stay happy Greg :) :) <a href="https://t.co/BzCDrzkRLR">https://t.co/BzCDrzkRLR</a></p>— Saurav Ghosal (SauravGhosal) October 15, 2021
All the best GG in future amazing career! https://t.co/5O05SB1mgL— ong beng hee (@benghee) October 15, 2021
G n I grew up playing British juniors when we were 12. Been friends ever since. Happy retirement G https://t.co/kxdeXqdFvP— Azlan iskandar (@Azziskandar) October 15, 2021
Iconic.— Dunlop Squash (@DunlopSquash) October 15, 2021
There is only one Greg Gaultier.
The French General – A Dunlop LEGEND announces his retirement.
Thanks you, Greg. pic.twitter.com/ybDiH7itgM
2009 ToC champion Gregory Gaultier has announced his retirement from the
psaworldtour</a>. Thank you for energizing professional squash throughout your career and for giving us your very best at the ToC - you will always be a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NewYorkCity?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NewYorkCity</a> favorite! <a href="https://t.co/LVqkPGDWE5">pic.twitter.com/LVqkPGDWE5</a></p>— ToC Squash (ToCSquash) October 15, 2021
Gregory Gaultier has announced his retirement from squash
The French legend helped
FFSquash</a> to two silver medals at the <a href="https://twitter.com/wsfmensteams?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">wsfmensteams and won a gold medal at
TheWorldGames</a> 2013 in Cali<br><br>Read more<a href="https://t.co/iGdLgmb1j2">https://t.co/iGdLgmb1j2</a></p>— World Squash (WorldSquash) October 15, 2021