This event was a new fundraiser for Squash Squared which saw amazing support from some of the very best players in the world. Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallists and 9 internationals all donated their time at no charge so that Squash Squared could benefit and produced an incredible line-up.
The RAC members at Epsom each bid to play doubles on the club’s full-sized doubles courts with the pros in what was a really enjoyable and social afternoon played in great spirit.
My gratitude goes to all the players who chose to support, to each one of the amateurs for generously supporting Squash Squared, to the RAC Club for hosting us and to the help from Greg Pearman The Rackets Manager and RAC Squash Professionals Daniel Zammit-Lewis and Mark Jackson.
Players from left to right and their biographies:
Adrian reached a career high ranking of world number 9 during his 17-year career on the PSA world tour. He won 21 PSA titles and won gold and silver at the 2010 Delhi and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games respectively playing for England in the doubles with Nick Matthew.
Peter is the patron of Squash Squared and a former world number 5 who retired from the World Tour in 2015 after 13 years. He won 16 PSA titles and played for England 102 times. Peter won the Commonwealth Games mixed doubles silver medal in 2014 and the individual bronze medal in both 2010 and 2014.
In 1999 Paul reached number 4 in the world rankings and became National Champion in the same year. He is left handed and a doubles expert who won a doubles gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games with partner Mark Chaloner and also took a Bronze in the singles.
Paul is now well known for his commentating skills, pairing with Joey Barrington who together cover all the major PSA events across the world.
Now based in Surrey Tiago is the Belgium National Champion and training partner to Rob Downer. Tiago has an impressive pedigree having been ranked inside the world’s top 20 as a junior. He is now just starting out on the PSA World Tour.
Dominique is a former England International who reached a career high of world number 18 in the women’s world rankings in 2006. A right handed player Dominique has good doubles experience having previously played the RAC doubles Pro-am.
Stacey has a former world ranking of 39 and played the PSA Tour for 7 years and is a past winner of the RAC pro am.
Rob’s career high is 120. He was the England number 1 at Under 17 and the European number 1 at Under 19. Rob holds the record for the world’s hardest hit ball at 173 mph
Jesse is from Durban in South Africa and brought up in Zimbabwe. He reached a career high world ranking of 55 and was the South African number 1. He represented both Zimbabwe and South Africa at both junior and senior levels and played on the PSA tour for 9 years. He is one of very few coaches to hold a level 4 coaching award and is a great doubles tactician which he demonstrated in the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Tom has a career-high world ranking of 12 in the world, has represented England at the highest level and has won 4 PSA tour titles.
Ben’s career-high world ranking is 48. He has won over 10 PSA world tour titles. He was the British Under 19 and Under 23 number 1 and former national champion.