David Palmer (squash player)

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David Palmer
David Palmer Squash Player Cropped.jpg
Palmer holding a plate trophy after winning the 2002 US Open.
Full name David Troy Palmer
Nickname(s) The Marine
Country  Australia
Residence Orlando, United States
Born (1976-06-28) 28 June 1976 (age 38)
Lithgow, New South Wales
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 82 kilograms (181 lb)
Turned Pro 1994
Retired 2011
Plays Right handed
Coached by Shaun Moxham
Racquet used Black Knight Ion X-Force Yellow
Website www.davidpalmer.com
Men's singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (September 2001, February 2006)
Title(s) 20
Tour final(s) 40
World Open W (2002, 2006)
Last updated on: November, 2011.

David Troy Palmer (born 28 June 1976 in Lithgow, New South Wales) is a professional squash player from Australia. He won the Super Series finals in 2002, the World Open in 2002 and 2006; the British Open in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2008; and the Australian Open in 2008.[1] He attained World No. 1 ranking in September 2001 and again (for one month) in February 2006.

Career overview[edit]

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Palmer won a men's singles Silver Medal after losing in the final to england's Peter Nicol. He also won Bronze Medals in the men's doubles and mixed doubles. In the 2002 Commonwealth Games he won Bronze Medals in both the men's singles and the men's doubles.

In technical terms, Palmer plays a classic all-court attrition game with hard-hitting attacking shots from his opponent's loose shots. He is known for the power of his striking, and the strength of his physical play,[2] contributed to by rigorous attention to fitness. His training regime involves completing the multi-stage fitness test five times with a three-minute break between tests.[3]

Palmer has served as president of the Professional Squash Association (PSA). Following the 2004 World Doubles Squash Championships in Chennai, India, he was banned from playing in events run by the World Squash Federation (WSF) for 13 months after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of verbally abusing the referee.[4]

In 2009, Palmer was approached by the Wallabies coach Robbie Deans to help increase his team fitness.[5]

World Open final appearances[edit]

David Palmer & Tom Richards in action.

2 titles & 1 runner-up[edit]

Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2002 Antwerp, Belgium Scotland John White 13–15, 12–15, 15–6, 15–14, 15–11
Runner-up 2005 Hong Kong Egypt Amr Shabana 11–6, 11–7, 11–8
Winner 2006 Doha, Qatar France Grégory Gaultier 9–11, 9–11, 11–9, 16-14, 11–2

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

British Open: 4 finals (4 titles, 0 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2001 England Chris Walker 12–15, 13–15, 15–2, 15–9, 15–5
Winner 2003 England Peter Nicol 15–13, 15–13, 15–8
Winner 2004 Egypt Amr Shabana 14–16, 11–7, 13–11, 11–7
Winner 2008 England James Willstrop 11–9, 11–9, 8–11, 6–11, 13–11

Hong Kong Open: 1 final (1 title, 0 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2001 France Thierry Lincou 15-13, 15-6, 15-9

Qatar Classic: 4 finals (0 title, 4 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2001 England Peter Nicol 15-12, 15-5, 10-15, 12-15, 15-10
Runner-up 2002 England Peter Nicol 15-9, 13-15, 15-6, 13-15, 15-7
Runner-up 2005 England James Willstrop 11-1, 11-7, 11-7
Runner-up 2007 Egypt Ramy Ashour 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6

US Open: 3 finals (1 title, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2002 Australia Stewart Boswell 15-13, 15-10, 15-11
Runner-up 2003 England Peter Nicol 5-10, 14-15, 15-14, 17-15
Runner-up 2005 England Lee Beachill 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-1, 11-8

Commonwealth Games final appearances[edit]

Runner-ups (1)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
2006 Peter Nicol 9–5, 10–8, 4–9, 9–2

Career statistics[edit]

Singles performance timeline (since 1999)[edit]

Terms
W-L Win-loss NWS Not a World Series event
NG50 Not an International event NH Not held
A Absent LQ/#Q Lost in qualifying draw and round number
RR Lost at round robin stage #R Lost in the early rounds
QF Quarterfinalist SF Semifinalist
SF-B Semifinalist, won bronze medal F Runner-Up
F Runner-up, won silver medal W Winner

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Career SR Career W-L
PSA World Tour Tournaments
World Open 3R Not Held W 3R SF F W SF SF 2R 3R QF 2 / 11 35–9
British Open 2R SF W 2R W W A SF SF W QF Not Held 4 / 10 31–6
Hong Kong Open 1R 2R W SF NH SF NH SF SF QF 2R 2R A 1 / 10 21–9
Qatar Classic Not Held F F QF NH F F SF QF QF 2R 2R 0 / 10 27–10
PSA Masters NH 1R F SF A F 2R QF Not Held QF Absent 0 / 7 16–7
Tournament of Champions NA 2R 1R 2R SF 2R SF 2R QF SF QF QF QF 0 / 12 21-12
North American Open Not Held Not World Series Absent 2R QF 2R QF 0 / 4 6–4
Kuwait PSA Cup Not Held 1R A NH SF 2R NH Absent 0 / 3 4–3
US Open Absent NH W F SF F SF A NH SF A 2R 1 / 7 18–6
Saudi International Not Held 2R SF SF SF SF Not Held 0 / 5 13–5
Pakistan International A Not Held SF NH QF F A NH NWS Not Held 0 / 3 9–3
Win Ratio 0 / 3 0 / 5 2 / 5 2 / 8 1 / 6 1 / 8 0 / 7 1 / 8 0 / 6 1 / 7 0 / 9 0 / 5 0 / 5 8 / 82
(9,8 %)
NA
Win–Loss 3 / 3 5 / 5 18 / 3 25 / 6 14 / 5 19 / 7 20 / 7 23 / 7 20 / 6 21 / 6 17 / 9 7 / 5 9 / 5 NA 201 / 74
(73,1 %)

[6] Note: NA = Not Available

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dent A It's Palmer—finally at squashsite.co.uk
  2. ^ Commentary by Malcolm Willstrop from Canary Wharf Classic 2009 Final, Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Deans' secret weapon to squash All Blacks". TVNZ. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  4. ^ Beck R. WSF Spanks Palmer
  5. ^ Gilmour, Rod (29 April 2009). "David Palmer can squash All Blacks by helping Wallabies". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.psaworldtour.com/page/PlayerProfile/0,,13121~156,00.html

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Nicol
Jonathon Power
World No. 1
September 2001 - December 2001
February 2006
Succeeded by
Peter Nicol
Jonathon Power