Selected profiles - Women

Madeleine Perry 

Date of birth: 11 February 1977

Birthplace: Banbridge, Northern Ireland

Residence: Halifax

Highest world ranking: 3 (April 2011)

Irish Number one Madeline Perry, at the age of 38, would be considered by most people to be a veteran on the tour. Although it seems that she has other ideas, reaching a career high of number three in 2011 and lifting her biggest tournament title, the Australian Open. 

Perry broke into the top 30 in 2001, and won the first of her eleven WSA World Tour titles in 2002 at the Proctor Memorial.  

Madeline reached the quarter finals of the World Open in 2009, and the Australian Open the following year.

2014 started well for Madeline as she beat Raneem El Welily to reach the Tournament of Champions quarter final. She then reached the British National Finals for the first time in her career. 

Serme

Date of birth: 4 April 1989

Birthplace: Créteil, France

Residence: Créteil, France

Highest world ranking: 5 (December 2013)

Camille Serme is the biggest star in French women’s squash and already a six-time French champion at the age of 26. At the European Team Championship 2014 England defeated the French team 2-1 in the final. The French point was won by Serme, who beat Laura Massaro. 

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Date of birth: 7 May 1983

Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

Residence: The Hague, Netherlands

Highest world ranking: 18 (October 2013)

Club in Denmark: Birkerød Squash Klub

The 31-year-old Line Hansen has won the Danish championship nine years in a row. In October 2013 Line Hansen reached a ranking of number 18 in the world, the highest ever ranking for a Danish squash player. Now based in The Hague in the Netherlands, Line Hansen is the only full-time professional squash player from Denmark. Line Hansen was part of the Danish team that brought home the most recent set of medals for Denmark, bronze from the European championship in 2007. 

Selected profiles - Men

Frost

Date of birth: 9 February 1989

Birthplace: London, England

Residence: Odense, Denmark

Highest world ranking: 52 (April 2013)

Club in Denmark: Birkerød Squash Klub

Besides playing in the Danish league, four-time Danish champion Kristian Frost plays on the international PSA Tour. In February 2014 Frost won the Israeli Open. The title was the Dane’s ninth on the PSA Tour.   

Gaultier

Date of birth: 23 December 1982

Birthplace: Epinal, France

Residence: Prague, Czech Republic

Highest world ranking: 1 (November 2009)

The charismatic Frenchman has been at the top of the game and among the best in the world for almost a decade. He has won the British Open twice, in 2007 and 2014, and reached the final of the World Open in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013. Gaultier and Nick Matthew from England have been the top European rivals for many years, playing several spectacular matches against each other. In 2013 Gaultier won the US Open final against Matthew. Only two weeks later he was defeated by Matthew in the World Championship final. Gaultier won the British Open in 2014 by beating Matthew in the final. In April 2014 Gaultier became world number one for the third time.  

Nick Mathew

Name: Nick Matthew

Date of birth: 25 July 1980

Birthplace: Sheffield, England

Residence: Sheffield, England

Highest world ranking: 1 (June 2010)

Nick Matthew has a long and glorious career behind him, but is still at the top of his game. England’s best squash player has won the two most prestigious tournaments, the British Open and the World Open, three times each. In 2014 Nick Matthew and the rest of the English team won the European Team Championship by defeating France in the final. Despite suffering from a knee injury for some of 2014, Matthew managed to win a gold medal in the singles at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.