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James Willstrop
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England

World Ranking:
10
World Series Ranking:
22
Birthplace:
North Walsham, England
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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 Cooking, poetry
Racket Sponsor Unsquashable
String Sponsor Tecnifibre

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.

Results

Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open 2017 14 - 19 Nov World Series Event

Qatar Classic 2017 29 Oct - 03 Nov World Series Event

2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management 07 - 14 Oct World Series Event

Oracle Netsuite Open 2017 26 - 30 Sep M100 Event

PSA Dubai World Series Finals 2016-2017 06 - 10 Jun World Series Finals Event

Pacific Market International Bellevue Squash Classic 2017 16 - 20 May M100 Event

Life Time Hutkay.fit Houston Open 2017 19 - 23 Apr M70 Event

El Gouna International Squash Open 2017 07 - 14 Apr World Series Event

Allam British Open 2017 21 - 26 Mar World Series Event

Guggenheim Partners & EquiTrust Windy City Open 2017 23 Feb - 01 Mar World Series Event

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