Name: David Palmer
Date of Birth: 28th June 1976
Birthplace: Lithgow, NSW, Australia
Residence: Orlando FL, USA
Racquet: Black Knight Ion Storm
Interests: Spending Time With My Family, Golf.
Biography: David Palmer has been Australia’s top squash player for most of this millennium. The 34-year-old from Lithgow in New South Wales – now based in Orlando, USA - topped the world rankings for the first time in September 2001, two months after becoming the first Australian for twenty years to win the British Open title.
And the supreme sportsman, who turned pro in 1995, has recorded a series of notable milestones in his illustrious career: In September 2008, he reached his 50th PSA World Tour final at the Merritt Properties Open in Baltimore, USA - and in August 2010 completed ten full years in the world’s top ten!
"I am proud to have achieved this and it shows how consistent I have been over the years," said Palmer. "Hopefully I can keep up there for another few more years and keep competing at the high level."
And the dogged Aussie did just this – claiming the Rocky Mountain Open in Canada in March this year, and clocking up the 27th Tour title of his career, a record amongst his contemporaries in the current world’s elite.
Later in the month in Canada, Palmer was in action in the National Bank Financial Group Open in Montreal, where the second seed recorded his 55th appearance in a Tour final prevailing in a 92-minute semi-final against former Englishman Alister Walker.
Notable earlier highlights in Palmer's career include winning the World Open crown in dramatic style in 2002 in his then adopted home town of Antwerp in Belgium – then, in 2006, in his third World Open final, recovering from a two-game deficit to defeat Gregory Gaultier in Egypt to win the title for a second time.
In 2004, Palmer joined a select band of three-times British Open champions when he successfully defended his 2003 title, defeating the then world champion Amr Shabana in the final in Nottingham. Four years later, Palmer clinched a fourth British Open trophy, saving match-balls against local hero James Willstrop in the final to win the historic event's most dramatic final after five games and 111 minutes.
With little more to prove, Palmer returned to his homeland in August 2008 to compete in the Australian Open - a title he had yet to win. The country's famed player did not disappoint, beating Kiwi Kashif Shuja in the final to put his name on the trophy alongside fellow Australian players such as Geoff Hunt, Chris Dittmar and Rodney and Brett Martin.
"I was pretty confident coming in, but rankings aside you obviously still have to win," the world number five said at the time. "I’m happy to win and finally get my name on the trophy with those other great Australian players."
Married to Mel, David is the proud father of two daughters Kayla and Miley Jane.