Paul Coll

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Paul Coll
Paul Coll 2018.jpg
Paul Coll in 2018
Nickname(s)Superman
Country New Zealand
ResidenceHoofddorp, Netherlands
Born (1992-05-09) 9 May 1992 (age 27)
Greymouth, New Zealand
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb)
Turned Pro2010
RetiredActive
Racquet usedEye Rackets
Websitepaulcoll.com
Men's singles
Highest rankingNo. 5 (November 2019)
Current rankingNo. 5 (November 2019)
Last updated on: November 2019.

Paul Coll (born 9 May 1992) is a professional squash player who represents New Zealand. He currently has a career-high world ranking of World No. 5 as of November 2019.[1][2]

Career overview[edit]

Coll's first major breakthrough came when he was ranked 31st in the world and won the $100,000 St. George's Hill Classic in Weybridge, England as a qualifier. He beat 4 players in the top 20 to win the title, which raised him to no. 20 in the world. He made history in September 2017 as he became no. 10 in the PSA World Rankings. He is only the fourth Kiwi to break the top 10 in the world, the ones before him including former world champion and world no. 2 Ross Norman.

Coll claimed his first Commonwealth Games medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as he clinched a silver medal in the men's singles event after being defeated by veteran English squash player, James Willstrop.[3][4] On the other side, fellow New Zealand squash player, Joelle King clinched a historical gold medal in the women's singles event.[5] This was also the first instance where a male and a female squash player from New Zealand had managed to qualify in the final of the respective events at a Commonwealth Games event.[6]

Coll's latest victory came at the 2019 Open De France Nantes in France. Coll was able to take the final in three games ( 12-10, 11-3, 11-9) defeating Joel Makin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ PSA Player Profile
  2. ^ SquashInfo Player Profile
  3. ^ "Paul Coll denied Commonwealth Games gold in men's squash by English veteran". Stuff. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ @aldersonnotes, Andrew Alderson Sports reporter, NZ Herald andrew alderson@nzherald co nz (7 April 2018). "Squash: Joelle King and Paul Coll into Commonwealth Games singles finals". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Kiwi King wins, Coll loses Games squash final". ESPN. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Joelle King, Paul Coll qualify for squash singles finals". Newshub. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2018.

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