Danielle Drady-Harte

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Danielle Drady-Harte
Country  Australia
Residence Gold Coast
Born (1967-10-13) 13 October 1967 (age 49)
Turned Pro 1987
Highest ranking 2 (1991)

Danielle Drady (born 13 October 1967, in Sydney, New South Wales) is a former professional squash player from Australia, who was ranked the World No. 2 woman player in 1991.

Drady became interested in the sport as a young child when she started tagging along with her mother to her twice-weekly social squash gatherings at a local club. She won the Queensland under-12 championship in 1978, and then went on to claim state and national championships and an under-19 world team crown in her junior years.

Drady turned professional in 1987, and began to steadily climb the world rankings. Her relationship with one of the top men's players, Rodney Martin, also attracted attention in the late-1980s and early-1990s.

Having reached the No. 2 ranking in 1991, the World No. 1 spot appeared to be within Drady's reach, but her chances were dashed when she snapped her achilles tendon during a practice match. The injury required immediate surgery and kept her out of the game for some time.[1]

In a bid to attract attention and sponsorship for Drady's comeback from injury, and to promote the world's first outdoor squash tournament in 1994, Drady's manager Phil Harte (who she later married) wrapped her in glad wrap to play her matches outside Sydney's Martin Place shopping centre in 1994. Drady played and won the World Outdoor Pro-Am wrapped in plastic, and posed for photographs with a 'For Sale' sign strung around her neck. This created a great deal of media coverage and sparked debate about the lengths female athletes should and need to go to in order to attract funding and sponsors. The publicity soon led to Drady becoming the most sponsored player in squash for a period.

Drady continued to play top-level squash into the late-1990s, but her international career began to take a backseat following her marriage to Harte and the birth of her daughter Tayla.