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Lee Beachill

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Name: Lee Beachill
Date of Birth: 28th November 1977
Height: 182
Weight: 76
Birthplace: Huddersfield, England
Residence: Pontefract, England
Racquet: Dunlop - Lee Beachill
Coach: Malcolm Willstrop
Interests: Property, Golf, Music
Clubs/Teams: Pontefract/Halifax
Biography: With a world number one ranking to his name, plus nine PSA Tour titles including two at the US Open two Commonwealth Games gold medals three British National Championship titles and four successful World Team Championship campaigns for England, there is little more that Lee Beachill has to prove in squash. True to the characteristic of a Yorkshireman, Beachill is a determined young man. But the 30-year-old achieved everything he has in the sport after a serious road accident in December 1997 in which he broke his back in two places! Despite being told that he would spend at least four months on his back ?- and would never play squash again ?- he was back on court after some eight weeks and made his tournament comeback at the 1998 British Open, in which he won six qualifying matches before being drawn to play favourite (and the eventual winner) Peter Nicol in the first round! In 2001, Beachill became the lowest seed ever to capture the British National title - a year afterwards, becoming the first man ever to successfully defend the crown. He won his third title in 2005, and two years later became the first player in history to reach the men's final seven times. In the 2002 Commonwealth Games in England, Beachill partnered Peter Nicol in the Men?'s Doubles and collected England?'s only gold medal of the Games. Four years later in Melbourne, the pair became the first players to successfully defend any squash title, beating the same Australians Stewart Boswell and Anthony Ricketts for the second successive time in the final. Three major PSA titles in 2004 ?- the Bermuda Open, English Open and the US Open ?- gave Beachill his long-awaited reward in October when he reached No1 in the Dunlop PSA world rankings. He ended the year reaching the World Open final, for the first time, in Qatar. In 2006, he reached the Super Series Finals final for the first after beating Anthony Ricketts, Thierry Lincou and England team-mate Peter Nicol en-route. But he lost to Ricketts in his second meeting in the event final - then avenged this defeat by beating the top seeded Australian as he fought through to the final of the Hungarian Open in October. Beachill began his 2007 campaign by reaching the climax of the Virginia Pro Championship in the USA. Two months later, he exceeded his seeding by reaching the Kuwait Open quarter-finals. The Yorkshireman ended his two-year title drought at the Wolverhampton Open in September when he triumphed over Australian Cameron Pilley in the final of the new Tour event in England - success which brought his career PSA title tally to nine, and his number of final appearances to 18. Later, Beachill bettered his seeding in the US Open to make it to the quarter-finals of the Super Series event in New York. In December, he played a leading role in England's successful defence of the World Team Championship title in India, where they beat Australia in the final. Already having undergone ankle and shoulder surgery in previous years, Beachill underwent hernia surgery early in 2008 - but made an incredibly rapid recovery to contest his record seventh British Nationals finals just six weeks later! But his standout success of the year came at the Kuwait Open in April, when he beat Australian David Palmer for the first time in almost three years to reach the quarter-finals of the $200,000 Super Series event - then stretched Ramy Ashour to five games before going down to the world No2 in 53 minutes. Off court, Beachill was elected onto the PSA Board in January this year, when he became a Vice President.
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