Eleven-time French National Champion Thierry Lincou announced he will compete in Pro Squash Tour (PST) tournaments this season, beginning with the Cleveland Classic in October. He has also committed to play the Pittsburgh Open on November 9-11.
Lincou is one of the great players of his generation and one of the most consistent greats in the history of the game.
He was World Number One for the whole of 2005, spent a decade ranked in the PSA World Top 10 and has a World Open title to his credit.
“I am relocating to the United States and am looking forward to many new challenges,” said Lincou. “I am very proud of my career with PSA, but I am also looking forward to rekindling my rivalry with David Palmer and challenging Wael El Hindi for his championship.”
“I have been trying to recruit Thierry back to our tour for two years,” said PST Commissioner Joe McManus. “This is obviously a very exciting time for us. We are thrilled to welcome Thierry back to PST.”
Lincou has previously competed in PST action, winning the 2010 New York Open. However, a player ban imposed by the PSA forced players to choose between competing in PSA or PST tournaments.
Lincou is highly regarded by his peers for his professionalism. Not only is he one of the world’s great squash players, his behaviour on court and off serves as a model for every other player to follow.
Lincou stepped down from the PSA this month and left the tour ranked as PSA #10.
Pro Squash Tour made international headlines last season when it recruited Australian #1 David Palmer and former U.S. Open Champion Wael El Hindi (Egypt) to the tour. The two stars ended the season as PST’s #1 and #2. Palmer prevailed over Hindi to win the American Open. A week later Hindi beat Palmer to win the PST Championship.
“We are constantly recruiting,” said McManus. “We just announced the signing of Italy’s best player Stéphane Galifi this month. Two weeks later to be able to announce another champion is exciting. We’re thrilled to be able to attract these great players.”