Boswell calls time on career

Canberra’s Stewart Boswell has decided to call time on his distinguished career after falling to Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in the quarter-finals of the Kuwait Cup on Sunday.

Following his quarter-final loss the 33-year-old Boswell quietly announced his retirement from the sport, joining long-time Australian teammate David Palmer on the sidelines. Boswell steps away from the sport after a run of recent good form which saw him reach the semi-finals in Qatar and the quarters in Hong Kong and Kuwait.

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He won 20 tournaments in his career (from 35 finals) including four Australian Opens and the Swedish and US Opens, played in five Australian world championship teams and went to three Commonwealth Games, winning three silver medals and one bronze.

Boswell, who learned his squash at the Woden Squash Club in Canberra, reached a career-high world ranking of four before a severe back injury forced him off court for over a year in 2004-05.  His comeback run in 2005 included a run of seven consecutive tournament wins, which took him from a ranking of 299 in January to 20 in December of that year. Since then his ranking has remained in the 10-21 range,  making a brief return to the top 10 in 2007, and he currently sits at number 16.

Bozza’s Note after his last match:

DSC_5032.JPGWhile it’s been a difficult decision, I feel I’ve reached the stage in my life both on and off court where it’s time I called it a day on my playing career.

Squash has been my whole life since I was about nine years old, and I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to play professionally for as long as I have.

DSC_5102.JPG I’d like to thank all the people who’ve coached and helped me along the way, as well as the AIS and Squash Australia for their constant backing.

Most of all though, I want to thank my family, my mum, dad and sister back in Australia for the sacrifices they all made when I was younger to give me this opportunity.

And finally, to my wife Vicky for her unwavering support and understanding of how much playing squash has meant to me.

Stewart Boswell

Congratulations to my husband Stewart Boswell on a fantastic squash career. You have been a true inspiration and i will miss watching you play. Happy retirement x

Vicky Boswell

Your Tributes to Bozza

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I was sad when I read squashsite tonight. For many years you were my favourite player. Your squash was from other planet, only a bad injury prevent you to be THE BEST. But after all this years i realize that you are even better person than player, what is very difficult. We will miss you on the tour Bozza!! All the best mate!!
Borja Golan

BOzza wishing u best of luck in future!! its been a fun journey in the juniors and psa with you so I look forward to our veteran circuit soon!!!  By the way if u need a job I’m walking the sheep 3 days a week in kl so I can try and squeeze u in???  Haha all the best BOZZAA happy retirement!!
Ong Beng Hee

Such a shame to see Bozza retire so suddenly. Thought he was playing so well & still had so much to give, but only he knows when is the right time. Its been my privilege to have played & trained with one of the finest ball strikers & gentlemen of the modern game #rolemodel
Nick Matthew

Just saying yesterday how Boswell must be getting close to top 10 again and today he retires! Top guy, top player!
Alan Clyne

Shame to see Bozza retire but happy he’s done it on his own terms, an absolute class act on & off court, the PSA will miss his presence
Tom Richards

Stewart Boswell played his last match tonight at the #kuwaitcup Great player & ambassador of the game #WillBeMissed
Lee Drew

Bozza retires the way he plays. Class.
Cameron Pilley

Absolutely stunned by the news that Stewart Boswell is retiring! An absolute gentleman both on & off the court…u will be missed  🙂
Saurav Ghosal

BOZZA!!! You was one of the best player ever play this sport, also you will be on our memories as a good fighter, we all remember how hard and long you fought against your injure and still came back strong… Good lucky in your new “life” and Brasil is always here to come and do something… ALL THE BEST
Rafa alarcon

Hey Boz… Just wanna wish you the best with the next chapter of your life. Maybe you can make some more additions to that family now  😉
Natalie Grinham

A gentleman and a great Squash player. Been a pleasure being on court with you. All the best and happy retirement Stewart Boswell. Kashif Shuja

Just saw that bozza retired. Bit shocked and gutted not to see him on tour any more. The man is a legend.
Chris Ryder

Sad to hear former world nr4 Stewart Boswell retires. Technically and tactically this man played squash like it probably should be played..
LJ Anjema

Wow, Stuart Boswell retires!!!! Well go out with a flurry of fantastic results and form, why not! A fantastic a career and a great guy.
Ali Walker

I remember first playing Bozza when i joined the institute in Australia and couldn’t believe how tight and accurate he hit the ball and was wondering how i would ever score a point against him and thought technically he had the best swing out there..

Bozza is a very respected player on tour and a great role model for future players.. i will miss playing along side him in Australian teams and travelling the tour together.

We had alot of funny times over the years and i wish him and his family all the best in the future … all the best
Ryan Cuskelly

I’ve known Bozza since he used to come up to Sydney to play 1st Grade as a young lad. Never heard 1 person say a bad word.
Mark Andrew Burke

Well done mate… Truly great guy! Enjoyed training with Bozza for a few years and learned a lot from him. All the best mate and love to you Vicky and the family x x
Nick Taylor

Well done Boz for everything you have achieved!! Always training and playing with 100% dedication and professionalism. Good luck for the future!
Tania Bailey

Great player and a fine example for the youth of today. Hopefully this retirement from the psa will let him concentrate on his Italian league commitments. All the best to you, Vicky and James.
Smalley

I’ve got to know Stewart later in his career and apart from obviously being a great player I remember being surprised with how funny he was.  We talked about coffee 85% of the time and I know the man can make a  hell of a cup. The end of his squash career might be the birth of a  coffee franchise imperium.

All jokes aside Stewie: good luck in the  future mate in whatever you decide to do. See you in Exeter!
LJ

140 Characters not enough to speak about Stewart Boswell’s Career & him as a bloke, but I’m Privileged to call him a mate! #retiredlegend
Zac Alexander

All my respect to Stewart Boswell he is one of the greatest and the best example for everyone, he will be missed by all the players and all his fans on court, Just glad to go on court with you once before your retire .. Stewart Boswell good luck in your life i wish you all the best.
Marwan El Shorbagy

When i heard about Bozza’s retirement i was really sad to be honest. He beat me in a good game in Kuwait. I was quite sad (of course) to start with but after all i am really happy to had the chance to have played him in one of his very last Matches. He has been one of my very good friends on the Tour – i truly wish him and his little Family all the best for the Future – where ever the way will take them !! (sorry, i think that was quite germanenglish:-))
Simon Rosner

Boz. This must have been a tough decision for you, I can only imagine how strange it must feel to finally finish competing after all this time.

You have certainly gone out on a high. Your game was and is class, and has been a nightmare to deal with, your technique as pure as it gets. You have always been so honest, and as more than one person has pointed out, a gent. I’ll miss our practice matches.

Very best of luck to you.
James Willstrop

Class act both on and off the court, wish you all the best for the future.
Arthur Gaskin

The amount of comments left shows what a true inspiration you have been to so many players over the years. Your a class act Bozza and have had a career to be proud of. Good luck with everything in the future.
Laura Massaro

i was so surprised when i read it first on twitter…i didn’t believe it first because right now he was starting to play again his best squash…i played him once at the beginning of the match i didn’t understand what was happening his length and width were just the best i have seen i couldn’t do anything against him….he just never complained about anything he was so fair and so nice on and off court…its a big lose for the sport to lose someone like him…i wish him the best of luck in his new life and hopefully see you in the future again.

Mohamed El Shorbagy

its another big loss for the game of squash ,. a player with bozzas standards r very rare ,.,.i really hope that upcoming players will learn from players like bozza ,.and his great sportsman ship .. bozza we will miss u on court man ,.,. u had the tightest back hand drive in the world and yes the tightest:) .,,. i really feel bad man after hearing your ritirment same with manyyyy juniors here in egypt who used to follow u for a long time even people my age who used to c u play here in egypt 15 years a go,., but am sure u know its time ,. you are my good friend tc bro .,,.

Hisham Ashour
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Stewart’s been a wonderful player for many years and we are sad to see him go, although I can understand his decision. He has always represented Australia with pride and has been one of the most popular players ever to pull on a national shirt. He has also been a fine ambassador for Australian squash and the AIS squash program.

The sport is losing one of the true gentlemen of the courts.
Byron Davies

One of the best guys on and off the squash court retires from the game. #legend Now that Bozza has retired, it is a two horse race between Ryder and Bianchetti for skinniest player on tour…

Morgan Pilley

Boswell was one of the few players who showed true humility both on and off the court. Even when making his decision to retire, he made no huge announcements, no big exits, just a brief note of gratitude to those who helped him throughout his career. A true sportsman in every respect, he will truly be missed.
Squash Pharaoh

All the best to Bozza who has announced the end of his playing career.
Laurent Cossa

He was a great player and a great gentleman. He will be remembered for his attitude.
Jain V

The game is losing one of its genuine nice guys.
Seshadri

gosh I felt choked when read the letter on squashsite! Awsome career stewart! x
Becky Botwright

The most unagressive Aussie ever to play the game – weird! and hopefully juniors will now start wearing proper length socks. Congratulations on a great career and good luck in the future.
Steve Richardson

Makes me feel VERY old! I remember his first tournament overseas as a little boy! All the best Bozza!
Richard Ingle

Happy retirement but always sad to see a player move on. Enjoy and try not let him join chubby cheeks Durbach!
Zoe Durbach

congrats to Stewart he can now join the likes of john, ricketts, and palmer for the next chapter
Susie White

Sad to hear but another great chapter will begin…..
Jeffrey Young

Congrats Bozza on a great career!!…..that loss to a girl (under 15’s?!?) is still on your record!!!
Kym Keevil Mifsud

Congratulations Stewart on a fantastic career. Enjoy your retirement and the next chapter in your life with your lovely family! Hey Bot, hope you’re ok.xx
Cassie&Matt Thomas

As Stewart was seemingly playing as well as ever he had been after his serious back injury, it was something of a surprise to hear that he was calling it a day. The suddeness of it means that he did not get the send off he deserved,but then that is not his style:unassuming, quiet, unfussy.

He reminds me of the great Australian, Geoff Hunt and there can be no finer compliment. Stewart epitomised everything a sportsman should be: honest, fair and resolute. The sport is the loser at his going, but has profited for many years from having him part of it.
Malcolm Willstrop

Welcome to the club Bozza and well done on a fantastic career. A class player on and off court, Stewart also made a great “couple” with Ricketts ! He will be missed on the PSA Tour. I wish him and his family good luck for the future.
Renan Lavigne

His retirement seems to be a predictable trend of how great of a person he was. I want to just outline his impact on my playing career, right when I started out in squash I went to the 2006 comm games in melbourne (my home town) and watched stewart boswell play, he gave me his playing shirt that he just wore in the final of the doubles tournament, what a legend!

I was stoked, and I thought to myself that this is a guy I could emulate one day, both on court and off… then he came to the u.s. open this year and I talked to him like we had known each other for years and I was impressed. Now i’m the captain of the Drexel college team and if I ever reach the professional level, I hope people know me for any of the qualities Stewart has. Although I never knew him personally I would like to wish him the best in the future,

Justin Singh Drexel University
Sorry to hear the news Stuart, but you know your body better than anybody, and if it is time to finish you know best. Lots of luck and best wishes to you, Vicky and the little one for a great future.
Arthur Curran

Congrats on a great career! Good luck with whatever your next challenge is!

Matt Jenson

Bozza, When I started to follow the professional squash you were not there. I didn’t even know you exist, then afterwards I heard a player called Stewart Boswell… I heard that you were out injured for a long time then came to me the idea to go and look who was that man…. I went to see some of your Matches on YouTube.

Then saw your incredible skills with a racket and saw that you were number 4 in the world at a moment in time, what an ACHEIVEMENT!! This has not been surely an easy decision to stop now. But I wanted to congratulate you for your career and your contribution for the Squash…. Keep going champion
Nicolas (Mauritius)

I was very surprised to hear this retirement as Stewart was in a really good serie of wins and looked very fresh physically and mentally. We are pretty much from the same generation and we had some great matches together…
You are a gentleman on and off court, such a good guy. Good luck for the future and time maybe to  give your son a brother or a sister!!!
Thierry Lincou
Had the privilege of starting my career on tour by traveling around with Boz as he made his come back from injury and carved his way through the local satellites! Never looked down on any of the younger boys and i’d say has helped a lot of us develop both on and off court through being the great bloke he is and the examples he sets. 

Absolute legend of a bloke who will be missed on tour. Goodluck Boz man
Scott Arnold

“Bozza will be sorely missed on the Tour.  He was always quietly getting on with whatever he had to do in the background and was one of the most professional guys on tour.  To have come back from such  a severe and long term injury as he did was incredible and I think we are all a little stunned that he has chosen now to retire as he has hit such a rich vein of form.

It’s a shame we won’t see his immaculate punishing length at the top events any longer but there will be many players breating a sigh of relief.  The squash world wishes him every success in the next chapter of his life.
Alex Gough

Bozza, I feel like you have been around for ever. Seeing you play over so many years. A truly distinguished career with I am sure a wonderful future to look forward to.
Glen Wilson

Bozza, surprised to read the announcement on Squashsite. As all the posts high you wre a true gentleman of the sport and it will be poorer for your retirement. Look forward to seeing you at the National Centre and you can now take up your full memebership as an ‘Honarary Mancunian ! My Best Wishes to you and Vicky
Andrew Nickeas

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11 comments

  1. Steve Richardson

    The most unagressive Aussie ever to play the game – weird! and hopefully juniors will now start wearing proper length socks. Congratulations on a great career and good luck in the future.

  2. Well done Boz for everything you have achieved!! Always training and playing with 100% dedication and professionalism. Good luck for the future!

  3. A top player with Dunlop GTx, head band and blue pair of shoes, at his last couple of years, will be remembered for his solid skills and natural court movement.

    A word to him : Positives and negatives from your first beloved squash career will be wrapped up and they are ready for you to transfer them to younger lads. Good luck for your next career,whatever it will be.

  4. The amount of comments left shows what a true inspiration you have been to so many players over the years. Your a class act Bozza and have had a career to be proud of. Good luck with everything in the future.

  5. Dear Stewart,
    You are a real gentleman and sportman on court! All the best to you and your family. Thank you for your contribution to the game. Patrick from Evergreen Squash Club Vancouver, BC Canada.

  6. Had the privilege of starting my career on tour by traveling around with Boz as he made his come back from injury and carved his way through the local satellites! Never looked down on any of the younger boys and i’d say has helped a lot of us develop both on and off court through being the great bloke he is and the examples he sets. Absolute legend of a bloke who will be missed on tour. Goodluck Boz man

  7. Had the privilege of seeing Bozza play in Toronto in 2000-2002 . I was mesmerized by his accuracy, consistency, economy of motion and how clean he hit the ball. I was working with juniors at a squash club at the time and pointed them to Stewart and said: “that’s how you hit a squash ball, that’s how conduct yourself on court as a sportsman”. The determination of how you came back from such a severe injury was an inspiration. Hard to believe you’re leaving, you’ve been such a constant on the tour for so long. Always honest, always fair and never giving up on the court. It bears repeating: integrity and class. Thank you for giving so much to our sport. We will miss you Bozza but wish you all the best in your future.

    Regards, Darryl White

  8. Congratulations on a fantastic career, to come back from such a severe injury, and then reach the heights again was unbelievable. It showed your true character.Always well respected by everyone. Good luck with your future endeavours, and hopefully we’ll bump into each other again sometime.

    Kind regards

    Mike Tootill

  9. Bozza, surprised to read the announcement on Squashsite. As all the posts high you wre a true gentleman of the sport and it will be poorer for your retirement. Look forward to seeing you at the National Centre and you can now take up your full memebership as an ‘Honarary Mancunian ! My Best Wishes to you and Vicky

  10. Bozza, I feel like you have been around for ever. Seeing you play over so many years. A truly distinguished career with I am sure a wonderful future to look forward too.

    All the best mate for what ever lies ahead

  11. Esteban (Paraguay)

    First time i saw you in the swiss open 97, you were a jr yet a gentleman. Many years afterwards you were a top 10 and an even nicer guy.
    Congrats on making such a deep mark on the tour, on and off court. All the best and enjoy the family.
    Esteban

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