The top of the PSA World Rankings remain unchanged in June, with Frenchman Gregory Gaultier maintaining his grasp on the World No.1 rankings for the third consecutive month following his impressive romp to victory at the prestigious Allam British Open in May.
Gaultier beat England’s World No.2 Nick Matthew in the final of the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’ while Egyptian pair Mohamed Elshorbagy and Ramy Ashour, the No.3 and No.4 respectively, bowed out at the semi-final stages.
27-year-old French player Mathieu Castagnet (aka “The Iceman”) is the biggest mover within the top 20, rising five places from World No.23 to break into the top 20 for the first time in his career to occupy the World No.18.
Castagnet claimed one of the biggest scalps of his career as he beat Borja Golan en-route to a quarter-final finish at the British Open, his best placing at a World Series event since the 2013 US Open.
“Since I started playing squash, I have always worked really hard to be on top of the rankings,” said Castagnet.
“I never been a natural squash talent but I am someone who is a fighter on court and I have trained hard and kept going for the past few years so to reach the top 20 is a great reward, a gift and a dream.
“To be on top of the rankings you have to train hard all year, all day every day. You need to have a good diet, manage your body, work your games plans and your technical aspects – it’s just like a job.
“We play between 10 and 13 tournaments a year and you cannot be strong for only one or two tournaments. You have to be consistent at a strong level and I would like to thanks Arnaud Hays, Renan Lavigne, Olivier Guidi, Christophe Labit and Joel Coste for all their support in helping me.”
PSA World Rankings – June 2014
|14||Miguel Angel Rodriguez||COL||358||=|
|15||Laurens Jan Anjema||NED||324||↑1|
|17||Karim Abdel Gawad||EGY||285||↑1|