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Height 190cm

Weight 88kg

Birthplace North Walsham

Racket sponsor Unsquashable

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James Willstrop

DOB 15 August 1983


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Flag (eg)M. ElShorbagy

Manchester Open 2020 - Manchester, England

18 SEP      Round 2

  • 0-3
  • 7-11
  • 7-11
  • 10-12

Flag (pk)T. Aslam

Manchester Open 2020 - Manchester, England

16 SEP      Round 1

  • 3-0
  • 11-3
  • 11-1
  • 11-1

Flag (england)D. Selby

Grasshopper Cup 2020 - Zurich, Switzerland

17 MAR      Round 1

  • 0-0

Flag (pe)D. Elias

St. James's Place Canary Wharf Classic 2020 - London, England

9 MAR      Round 2

  • 0-2
  • 8-11
  • 4-11

Flag (england)R. Fallows

St. James's Place Canary Wharf Classic 2020 - London, England

8 MAR      Round 1

  • 2-0
  • 11-5
  • 11-6

Flag (wales)J. Makin

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2020 - New York, United States

13 JAN      Round 3

  • 1-3
  • 7-11
  • 9-11
  • 12-10
  • 10-12

Flag (scotland)G. Lobban

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2020 - New York, United States

11 JAN      Round 2

  • 3-0
  • 11-1
  • 11-9
  • 11-8

Flag (england)P. Rooney

London Open 2019 - London, England

24 NOV      Final

  • 3-1
  • 8-11
  • 11-6
  • 11-7
  • 11-6

Flag (us)S. Khan

London Open 2019 - London, England

23 NOV      Semi final

  • 3-0
  • 11-4
  • 13-11
  • 11-8

Upcoming Matches

L. Cardenas

CIB Egyptian Open 2020
Cairo, Egypt

10 OCT      Round 1

Player BIO

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
Shoe Sponsor Adidas
String Sponsor Unsquashable
Clothing Sponsor Adidas
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.
His first appearance of 2019 saw Willstrop make it to the semi finals of the CCI International, before reaching the same mark at the Wimbledon Club Squash Squared Open. He finished the season with a runners-up finish at the 5R Montpellier Metropole Open, losing out to Frenchman Gregoire Marche in the final.


Manchester Open 2020 16 - 22 Sep PSA World Tour Silver Event

Cannon Kirk Irish Squash Open 2020 21 - 25 Apr PSA Challenger Tour 20 Event

Grasshopper Cup 2020 17 - 22 Mar PSA World Tour Gold Event

St. James's Place Canary Wharf Classic 2020 08 - 13 Mar PSA World Tour Gold Event

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2020 09 - 17 Jan PSA World Tour Platinum Event

London Open 2019 20 - 24 Nov PSA Challenger Tour 10 Event

PSA Men's World Championship 2019-2020 08 - 15 Nov PSA World Championships Event

Open de France - Nantes 2019 presented by Tailor Capital 09 - 14 Sep PSA World Tour Silver Event

5R Montpellier Metropole Open 2019 29 May - 02 Jun PSA Challenger Tour 30 Event

Allam British Open 2019 20 - 26 May PSA World Tour Platinum Event

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Head To Head Results

Career Wins / Losses

70.1Win Ratio

Won 475

Lost 203

Retired 7


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James Willstrop Statistics
Years 21
Total Tournaments Played 218
Total Matches Played 678
Matches Won 475
Matches Lost 203
Finals 46
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