James Willstrop

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James Willstrop Squash player
James Willstrop
James Willstrop at the 2017 World Cup
Nationality: EnglandEngland England
Birthday: August 15, 1983
Size: 194 cm
Weight: 90 kg
1st professional season: 2002
Playing hand: Right
Trainer: Malcolm Willstrop
Career title: 21st
Career finals: 46
Best placement: 1 (January 2012)
Current placement: 18th
Month # 1: 11
Last update of the infobox: February 1st, 2020
Sources: official player profiles at PSA and Squashinfo (see web links )

James Willstrop (born August 15, 1983 in North Walsham ) is an English squash player . In 2010 he became vice world champion after a final defeat by Nick Matthew .


James Willstrop has been in a relationship with Vanessa Atkinson for years . The couple became parents to a son in November 2013. His brother Christy Willstrop and stepbrother David Campion were both active as squash players.


In 1999 Willstrop made his debut on the PSA World Tour , but did not begin his professional career until 2002. In the same year he won the world championship in the junior division with a final victory over Peter Barker . In 2005 he reached the top ten in the world rankings for the first time. So far, he has won 21 titles on the World Tour.

With the English national team he won the World Cup in 2005 , 2007 and 2013 . In 2005 he defeated Amr Shabana in four sets in the final game against Egypt . Two years later he defeated Stewart Boswell in the final against Australia without losing a set. In 2013 he decided the final against Egypt in favor of the English team with a 3-1 win against Karim Darwish . He was also part of the English squad at the 2003 , 2009 , 2011 , 2017 and 2019 World Championships .

At the European Championships he was appointed to the English squad for the first time in 2003. Except in 2009, when he was injured, he was part of the English team every year until the last event in 2019. During this time he won the title 13 times. He has also been part of the English squad four times at the Commonwealth Games . In 2006 he was eliminated in the quarter-finals against Nick Matthew , even in the doubles competition he did not get beyond the quarter-finals. In the mixed competition, he won the silver medal with Vicky Botwright . In 2010 he won another silver medal in singles. In the final he lost again to Nick Matthew. In doubles he was eliminated in the quarterfinals. He won his third silver medal at the 2014 Games after being defeated again by Nick Matthew in the final . In doubles he won bronze with Daryl Selby . In 2018 he prevailed in the individual competition for the first time . In the final he defeated Paul Coll in three sets. As in 2014, he won the bronze medal in doubles , this time alongside Declan James . At the World Games he won the bronze medal in 2005 after losing to Peter Nicol in the final , and in 2009 he lost to Nick Matthew in the final.

Between 2003 and 2015, James Willstrop was a total of twelve times in the main field of the World Cup. He achieved his best result when he reached the finals in 2010 . He was defeated by Nick Matthew in four sets. In 2004 he took part in the European Championships for the only time. In the semifinals he lost to Grégory Gaultier . At the end of 2011 Willstrop managed to win three consecutive PSA World Series tournaments. This enabled him to jump to the top of the world rankings for the first time in January 2012, where he was ranked for the entire year until February. In January 2013 he lost the rank to Ramy Ashour . In 2017 he became European champion in singles for the first time after defeating Grégory Gaultier in five sets in the final. He became British champion in 2007, 2008, 2019 and 2020.



Web links

Commons : James Willstrop  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ My Sport: James Willstrop , telegraph.co.uk, September 13, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2016.