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Height 190cm

Weight 88kg

Birthplace North Walsham

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James Willstrop

DOB 15 August 1983

CountryEngland

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Flag (eg)A. Farag

DPD Open 2019 - Eindhoven, Netherlands

10 APR      Round 2

  • 0-3
  • 9-11
  • 5-11
  • 7-11

Flag (au)C. Pilley

DPD Open 2019 - Eindhoven, Netherlands

9 APR      Round 1

  • 3-2
  • 6-11
  • 11-7
  • 8-11
  • 11-9
  • 11-5

Flag (es)B. Golan

Grasshopper Cup 2019 - Zurich, Switzerland

26 MAR      Round 1

  • 0-3
  • 2-11
  • 6-11
  • 4-11

Flag (au)R. Cuskelly

Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic 2019 - London, England

11 MAR      Round 2

  • 1-2
  • 11-6
  • 5-11
  • 4-11

Flag (eg)M. Hesham

Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic 2019 - London, England

10 MAR      Round 1

  • 2-0
  • 11-9
  • 11-7

Flag (co)M. Rodriguez

2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family - Chicago, United States

25 FEB      Round 3

  • 2-3
  • 14-12
  • 2-11
  • 11-7
  • 9-11
  • 8-11

Flag (fr)V. Crouin

2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family - Chicago, United States

24 FEB      Round 2

  • 3-1
  • 11-6
  • 9-11
  • 11-5
  • 11-3

Flag (my)I. Yuen

2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family - Chicago, United States

23 FEB      Round 1

  • 3-0
  • 11-4
  • 11-4
  • 11-6

Flag (eg)A. Farag

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2019 - New York, United States

18 JAN      Round 2

  • 1-3
  • 4-11
  • 9-11
  • 11-8
  • 4-11

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R. Tandon

Allam British Open 2019
Hull, England

20 MAY      Round 1

TBA

5R Montpellier Metropole Open 2019
Montpellier, France

29 MAY      Round 1

TBA

5R Montpellier Metropole Open 2019
Montpellier, France

30 MAY      Round 2

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James Willstrop Profile
Date of Birth 15th August, 1983
Height (cm) 190
Weight (kg) 88
Residence Harrogate, England
Coach Malcolm Willstrop, David Campion
Interests Drama, baking, quantum physics
Racket Sponsor Unsquashable
String Sponsor Unsquashable
Other Sponsors Karakal, CSPC Physio, AJ Bell, Spiers, Play Squash Academy

James Willstrop is one of England’s greatest squash players and has maintained one of the sport’s most bitter rivalries with three-time World Champion Nick Matthew.
Known as ‘The Marksman’ after his accurate shot placement, he has a large, rangy build and stands at an impressive 6 feet 4 inches.
He lifted the Qatar Classic in 2005 after losing out in the final of the British Open and picked up a silver medal alongside Vicky Botwright in the 2006 Commonwealth games.
2008 saw more heartbreak at the British Open after a 3-2 defeat to David Palmer despite Willstrop holding match ball on two occasions. He reached the final again a year later but lost out in a tense five-set match with Matthew.
Willstrop started 2010 with an impressive win at the Tournament of Champions, dropping just one game throughout the whole tournament. He lost out to Matthew though in arguably the biggest match of his career, the World Championship final, later that year.
The Englishman had a stunning 2011 and earned a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games after defeat to Matthew again. Willstrop followed this up by winning fifteen matches in a row to clinch the Hong Kong Open, the Kuwait Open and the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters. This led to him reaching a career high World No.1 ranking in January 2012 but he surrendered it to compatriot Matthew after defeat in the Tournament of Champions the same year.
The Norfolk-born Willstrop wrote the book Shot and a Ghost in 2012 which released to positive reviews.
Injury dogged the next two years but Willstrop still managed to pick up a solitary PSA World Tour title in March 2013 at the Canary Wharf Classic. The Englishman celebrated the birth of his son, Logan, in November 2013 with partner Vanessa Atkinson, a former Women’s World Champion.
Willstrop showed signs he was getting back to his best when he picked up his third silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, his old foe Matthew proving victorious once more. He finished 2014 on a high though, winning the China Open for the first time in September.
More injury problems went on to disrupt Willstrop's season and, despite claiming a handful of quarter-final finishes, his World Ranking took a hit as he dropped out of the top ten at the end of the 2014/15 season.
He returned to some his best form though at the 2015 World Championship in November by dumping out then World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the third round in a performance reminiscent of his sensational best.
Willstrop eventually bowed out at the semi-final stage to eventual World Champion Gregory Gaultier but his fine display ensured that he moved back into the world’s top 15.
After a slow start to 2016, Willstrop put in a series of superb displays towards the end of the year, reaching the final of the NetSuite Open in September before claiming a first World Series semi-final spot since 2014 at the U.S. Open the following month.
Willstrop renewed his great rivalry with Matthew in the final of December’s British Grand Prix, but fell to a 19th successive defeat to his fellow Yorkshireman.
The Yorkshireman featured in the semi-final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions but lost out to eventual winner Karim Abdel Gawad in January 2017.
Willstrop then went on to reach the final of the season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals where he was eventually defeated by Egypt's Mohamed ElShorbagy.
In 2018 Willstrop claimed the biggest title of his squash career, defeating Paul Coll 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-6) to win gold at the Commonwealth Games. After his outstanding performance on Australia's Gold Coast, Willstrop became the most capped England squash player in history.
The former World No.1 also made the final of the Open International de Squash de Nantes, before going on to win the London Open in his final outing of 2018.

Results

DPD Open 2019 09 - 14 Apr PSA World Tour Gold Event

Grasshopper Cup 2019 26 - 31 Mar PSA World Tour Gold Event

Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic 2019 10 - 15 Mar PSA World Tour Gold Event

2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family 23 Feb - 02 Mar PSA World Championships Event

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2019 16 - 24 Jan PSA World Tour Platinum Event

CCI International 2019 08 - 12 Jan PSA World Tour Silver Event

London Open 2018 12 - 16 Dec PSA Challenger Tour 20 Event

Qatar Classic 2018 27 Oct - 02 Nov PSA World Tour Platinum Event

Channel VAS Championships at St George's Hill 2018 16 - 21 Oct PSA World Tour Gold Event

FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships 2018 06 - 13 Oct PSA World Tour Platinum Event

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Career Wins / Losses

70.1Win Ratio

Won 458

Lost 195

Retired 7

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James Willstrop Statistics
Years 19
Total Tournaments Played 209
Total Matches Played 653
Matches Won 458
Matches Lost 195
Finals 44
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