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Squash is a fun and challenging sport that demands flexibility, strategy, stamina, and mental and physical strength. This sport requires 2 important things, i.e. racket, and rubber ball, and is played by two or four players in a four-walled court. It was invented more than a century and a half ago in England. Squash can find its origin in the older game of rackets which was played in London’s prisons during the 19th century. The sport of squash has been shaped and influenced by many great squash players over the years. So, when it comes to Squash, it’s essential to know some of the best all-time squash players around the world. In this blog, we will take a look at the top 10 best all-time squash players in the world.

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Top 10 Squash Players of All-Time

Rank Squash Players
1 Jahangir Khan
2 Jansher Khan
3 Peter Nicol
4 Geoff Hunt
5 Jonathan Power
6 Chris Dittmar
7 F. D. Amr Bey
8 Hashim Khan
9 Jonah Barrington
10 Ramy Ashour

Ramy Ashour

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Ramy Ashour from Egypt is the youngest squash player to reach the No. 1 position at the age of 22 in the world since the 1980s. He is regarded as one of the best squash players in the history of the sport.

In 2004 at the age of 16, he won the Men’s World Junior Squash Championship. Ashour became the first player in squash history to win the World Junior Championships (2006) for the second time. He bagged his first professional title in 2007 at the Canadian Squash Classic. In 2019, Ashour announced his retirement from professional Squash.

Jonah Barrington

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Jonah is a retired Irish/English squash player, originally from England. With his brilliant effort and skills, he won the British Open title 6 times, from 1967 to 1973, and after that, he became the most successful British squash player ever. In 1972, British Open Titles, Jonah was defeated in the first set by legendary Geoff Hunt. But after that, he made a stunning comeback from the second set and won the match 9–7, 10–8, 6–9, and 9–7. Barrington’s son, Joey Barrington is a professional squash player and commentator.

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Hashim Khan

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Hashim Khan from Pakistan is considered one of the best squash players of the pre-modern era. He bagged seven titles of the British Open Squash Championships (the then de facto world championship), from 1951 to 1956, and then again in 1958. His first championship was the All-India squash championship in 1944 in Bombay, India.

He started his squash journey as an unpaid ball boy at a club for British army officers in Peshawar. He clinched the first Pakistani squash championship after being appointed as a squash professional at the Pakistan Air Force in 1949. At the age of 100, he died on 18 August 2014.

F. D. Amr Bey

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Abdelfattah Amr or F.D. Amr Bey” or simply “Amr Bey”, is considered the first truly dominant squash player in the world. He was an Egyptian diplomat and a renowned squash player. He bagged the British Open men’s title six consecutive times (1933–38).

F.D Amr Bey was nicknamed the “Human Streak of Lightning” and was honored as the pioneer leader in the “golden age of sports in Egypt”. He was posthumously honored with the World Squash Awards‘ Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 2009.

Chris Dittmar

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Retired Australian squash player Chris Dittmar was formerly the World’s No. 1-ranked men’s squash player. He won the title of the British Open Junior Championship in 1981. He was widely considered to be the “best player never to have won” one of squash’s two biggest titles. Chris participated in the World Open finals 5 times from 1983 to 1992 and clinched two silvers at the British Open in 1985 and 1993.

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Jonathan Power

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Jonathan Power is widely regarded as one of the greatest shotmakers in squash history. He is recognized for his wide range of decoys and drop shots. This retired Canadian squash player is the first North American squash player to achieve the world’s number-one squash ranking in 1999. During his career, he won 36 PSA tournaments and participated in 58 finals.

He won the World Open in 1998, the British Open in 1999, the PSA Masters three times between 2001 and 2005, the Super Series final twice between 2003 and 2005, the Tournament of Champions four times between 1996 and 2002, and also won the Men’s Singles Gold Medal at the CWG 2002.

Geoff Hunt

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Retired Australian squash player Geoff Hunt is widely regarded as one of the best squash players during the golden era. He became the inaugural champion of the World Open title in 1976 and went on to achieve the reward on the first four occasions held between 1976 and 1980. He bagged the title of the Australian Junior Championship in 1963 and turned professional when he won the Australian Men’s Amateur Championship in 1965.

Geoff bagged British Open titles eight times from 1969 to 1981 and won three times in the International Amateur Singles Championship from 1967 to 1971.

Peter Nicol

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Former Scottish squash player Peter Nicol during his career represented Scotland and England in international squash and is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding international squash players of all time.

In 1998, while competing for Scotland, he became the first player from the UK to hold the World Number 1 ranking. During his career, Peter won a World Open title, two British Open titles, and four CWG gold medals. He also clinched three consecutive Super Series Finals titles, 2 PSA Masters titles, 2 British National Championship titles, and 3 Tournament of Champions titles.

Jansher Khan

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Former Pakistani squash player Jansher Khan was widely considered as one of the tough competitors of squash legend Jahangir Khan and is also considered one of the best players in the history of squash.

At the age of 17, Jansher won the world junior squash title in 1986. He achieved his first win over Jahangir in straight games in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open in September 1987.

Jansher was ranked the World No. 1 in squash for over 10 years from January 1988 till January 1998 and won a total of 99 professional titles before he retired in 2002.

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Jahangir Khan

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Retired Pakistani squash player Jahangir Khan is the former world number 1 and is widely regarded as the greatest squash player in history. When he was in his top form, he was unbeaten in competitive play and won 555 matches consecutively from 1981 to 1986.

At the age of 15, Jahangir won the World Amateur and then became the World Open Champion at the age of 17, the youngest champion ever in squash history.

During his career, he won the British Open titles for a record ten times and the six times World Open. From 2002 to 2008, he became the President of the World Squash Federation.

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Nidhi Singh
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As quoted by M K Gandhi “learn as if you were to live forever”. This is the philosophy that she tries to live by. Learning new things is a passion that leads you to a school of upskills. Given her interest in writing, she pursued her dreams by taking a bachelor's degree in Journalism & Mass Communications from GGSIPU and received several accolades in academics. She is working as Senior Editor at KreedOn and loves challenges and completing multiple tasks within a stipulated timeline. She loves watching football and the credit goes to Lionel Messi. In her leisure time, she loves to paint her imagination.



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