Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (squash player)

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Miguel Ángel Rodríguez
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Full name Miguel Ángel Rodríguez
Nickname(s) The Cannonball
Country  Colombia
Residence Bogotá, Colombia
Born (1985-12-20) December 20, 1985 (age 32)
Bogotá, Colombia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb)
Turned Pro 2005
Retired Active
Plays Right Handed
Coached by Ángel Rodríguez, Sardar Ali Khan, David Palmer
Racquet used Tecnifibre carboflex 125
Men's singles
Highest ranking No. 4 (June, 2015)
Current ranking No. 14 (May, 2018)
Title(s) 27
Tour final(s) 37
World Open QF (2015, 2017)
Last updated on: July 2016.

Miguel Angel Rodriguez ["Miguelon", "Colombian Cannonball"] (born December 20, 1985 in Bogotá) is a professional male squash player who represents Colombia. He reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 4 in June 2015.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rodríguez was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He was introduced to squash at the age of 2 by his father Ángel, a former professional squash player himself. He played primarily at the Club El Nogal in Bógota. Miguel attended the school Calasanz, where he also played football and table tennis. His most significant achievement as a junior is winning the US Junior Open and the Canadian Junior Open in Boys' Under 19 for 2 years in a row in 2003 and 2004. Rodríguez then started his professional squash career, and saw his first PSA World Tour title in November 2005 at the age of 19.[2]

Career overview[edit]

Rodríguez won two times the Colombian Open in 2008 and 2010, and was runner-up in 2006 and 2012. Rodriguez won the Pan American Games in 2015

In September, he became the highest-ranked South American of all-time, exceeding then Federico Usandizaga of Argentina.

In 2013, he won the Bluenose Classic in Halifax in Canada in March and was bronze medalist of the World Games in Cali. He also won gold at the 2015 pan-am games in Toronto for single mens.

On May 20, 2018, he won the 2018 British Open Squash Championships in Hull, England, beating Egypt's Mohamed El Shorbagy in a 5 game thriller to become the first-ever man from Colombia, and more broadly the Americas, to win the coveted British Open title.

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

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

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2018 Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 11-7, 6-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9

References[edit]

  1. ^ SquashInfo Player Profile
  2. ^ "What You May Not Know About Colombian Squash Sensation Miguel Ángel Rodríguez". Salming Canada - Running, Squash, Floorball. Retrieved 2018-06-17. 

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