Grégory Gaultier

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Grégory Gaultier
Grégory Gaultier with US Open Trophy.jpg
Grégory Gaultier with the US Open trophy in 2006
Country  France
Residence Aix-en-Provence, France
Born (1982-12-23) 23 December 1982 (age 32)
Épinal, France
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 75 kilograms (165 lb)
Turned Pro 1999
Retired Active
Plays Right handed
Coached by Renan Lavigne
Mathieu Benoît
Racquet used Dunlop
Men's singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (November, 2009)
Current ranking No. 2 (March, 2015)
Title(s) 26
Tour final(s) 56
World Open F (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013)
Last updated on: January, 2015.

Grégory Gaultier (born 23 December 1982, in Épinal, France) is a professional squash player from France. He has won the British Open twice, in 2007 and 2014, the Qatar Classic in 2011, the US Open twice, in 2006 and 2013, the Tournament of Champions in 2009, and the PSA World Series Finals twice, in 2008 and 2009. He reached the final of the World Open in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013, and the World No. 1 ranking in 2009. Gaultier is affectionately known to his friends as Rubbery Gaultier.

Career overview[edit]

Gaultier was the European junior squash champion in 2000 and 2001. He also won a British Junior Open title and finished as the runner-up at the World Junior Squash Championships.

In 2003, Gaultier was a member of the French team which finished runners-up to Australia at the World Team Squash Championships. In the semi-finals against England, Gaultier won the deciding match against Lee Beachill which took France through to the final.

At the 2006 World Open, Gaultier defeated World No. 1 and defending-champion Amr Shabana in the semi-finals, before losing in five games in the final to David Palmer 11–9, 11–9, 9–11, 10–11 (4–6), 2–11. In 2007, Gaultier again reached the World Open final, losing 7–11, 4–11, 6–11 to Shabana.

At the 2007 British Open, Gaultier defeated his fellow Frenchman Thierry Lincou in the final 11–4, 10–12, 11–6, 11–3. He became the first French winner of the British Open.

At the 2009 Tournament of Champions, Gaultier defeated the world No.1 Karim Darwish in the semifinal, and beat Nick Matthew in the final with a score 11–9, (2–11), 11–8, 11–4. He is the only Frenchman to have won the title.

Gaultier moved to the top of the world ranking on November 2009, a feat achieved after losing in the final of the Hong Kong Open a month earlier.[1] In 2009 he became the second French player to become world no 1.[2]

Gaultier has since won the Qatar Classic and reached the semi-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, and later won the Case Swedish Open after dispatching Karim Darwish in the finals.

In 2013 he was Gold medalist of the World Games in Cali against Simon Rosner in the final. He won the US Open against Nick Matthew 11-4, 11-5, 11-5. Two weeks later, he reached the World Championship final for the fourth time, losing again 11-9, 11-9, 11-13, 7-11, 11-2 to Nick Matthew.

In February 2014 he once again reached the top of the World Ranking, but again only for a month, as was the case in November 2009. One month later, in March, he won the Metro Squash Windy City Open, an other PSA World Series tournament in the University Club of Chicago beating the apparently injured Ramy Ashour in the final 11–7, 11–3, 11–4. In April he reached World Number 1 ranking for the third time.
In May he won the British Open for the second time beating Nick Matthew in a very quick final 11-3, 11-6, 11-2.

World Open final appearances[edit]

0 title & 4 runner-up[edit]

Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2006 Cairo, Egypt Australia David Palmer 9–11, 9–11, 11–9, 16–14, 11–2
Runner-up 2007 Hamilton, Bermuda Egypt Amr Shabana 11–7, 11–4, 11–6
Runner-up 2011 Rotterdam, Netherlands England Nick Matthew 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5
Runner-up 2013 Manchester, England England Nick Matthew 11-9, 11-9, 11-13, 7-11, 11-2

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

British Open: 3 finals (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2007 France Thierry Lincou 11–8, 5–11, 11–4, 9–11, 11–6
Runner-up 2013 Egypt Ramy Ashour 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8
Winner 2014 England Nick Matthew 11-3, 11-6, 11-2

Hong Kong Open: 5 finals (0 title, 5 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2007 Egypt Amr Shabana 11-13, 11-3, 11-6, 13-11
Runner-up 2008 Egypt Amr Shabana 11-9, 13-15, 8-11, 11-2, 11-3
Runner-up 2009 Egypt Amr Shabana 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 5-2 (rtd)
Runner-up 2010 Egypt Ramy Ashour 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9
Runner-up 2014 Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 11-9, 11-2, 4-11, 8-11, 11-4

Qatar Classic: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2007 Egypt Amr Shabana 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5
Winner 2011 England James Willstrop 11-8, 11-7, 2-11, 11-8

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

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2006 Egypt Amr Shabana 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9
Runner-up 2012 Egypt Ramy Ashour 11-4, 11-9, 11-9
Winner 2013 England Nick Matthew 11-4, 11-5, 11-5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Cubbins, Framboise Gommendy (October 18, 2009). "Five and counting for Shabana and David in Hong Kong". Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  2. ^ http://www.psaworldtour.com/page/PlayerProfile/0,,13121~375,00.html

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Karim Darwish
Nick Matthew
Nick Matthew
World No. 1
November 2009
February 2014
April 2014 - November 2014
Succeeded by
Karim Darwish
Nick Matthew
Mohamed El Shorbagy