Joel Makin

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Joel Makin
Country Wales
ResidenceBirmingham, England
Born (1994-10-27) 27 October 1994 (age 25)
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight78 kg (172 lb)
Turned Pro2014
RetiredActive
PlaysRight Handed
Coached byRob Owen
Racquet usedUnsquashable
Men's singles
Highest rankingNo. 12 (May 2019)
Current rankingNo. 12 (December 2019)
Title(s)3
Tour final(s)10
Last updated on: June 2018.

Joel Makin (/ˈmkɪn/, born 27 October 1994 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire) is a Welsh professional squash player.[1]

Makin played squash at Aberdare Junior Squash Club under coaches Bob Gould, Clive Roberts and Dave Cope, and represented Wales at Under-13s level in 2007.[2] He left Aberdare at 18 and, forgoing university, trained at West Warwickshire Club under the guidance of Rob Owen.[3]

He won the Kent Open in 2017, beating Josh Masters in straight sets,[4] and the Tring Open in 2018.[5] He reached the semifinals of the men’s singles squash competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, losing out to Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in the bronze medal match.[6][7] Makin qualified for the 2018 British Open Squash Championships where he lost in the first round to Mohamed Abouelghar.[8] He beat the world number one, Mohamed El Shorbagy, to reach the quarterfinals of the Channel VAS Championships in October 2018.[9] As of December 2019, he was ranked number 12 in the World[10] and 1 in Wales.[11]

PSA titles[edit]

He has won 3 PSA titles:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joel Makin - Professional Squash Association". psaworldtour.com.
  2. ^ "Squash: Young members do well for squash club". Wales Online. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  3. ^ Gilmour, Rod. "The new Welsh wizard" (PDF). Squash Player (2018 Issue 4). p. 16-17. Retrieved 7 July 2019 – via Played for Cardiff squash club from the age of 14 till 18 under Nic BIrt got to last 16 of world champs under 19 before entering senior squash Wales Squash and Raquetball.
  4. ^ "Makin Masters Home Favourite". Squash Player. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Makin Takes Arnold Homes Tring Open Title". Squash Player. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Results : Squash Men's Singles : 2018 Commonwealth Games". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Squash: Nafiizwan wins historic bronze but Nicol finishes empty handed | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Welshman Joel Makin loses in British Open first round". BBC Sport. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Channel VAS Champs: Welshman Makin shocks World No.1 Elshorbagye to reach quarter-finals". PSA World Tour. Professional Squash Association. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Squash Info - Joel Makin - Squash". www.squashinfo.com.
  11. ^ "Unsquashable - Joel Makin". www.unsquashable.com.
  12. ^ "JOEL MAKIN CLAIMS 1ST PSA TITLE". www.walessquashandracketball.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Joel Makin wins Kent Open title as Josh Masters runs out of steam - Squash Mad". 18 June 2017.
  14. ^ http://www.squashinfo.com/events/4889-mens-tring-open-2018