Name: James Willstrop
Date of Birth: 15th August 1983
World Ranking: 6
World Series Ranking: 8
Birthplace: North Walsham, England
Residence: Harrogate, England
Clothing Sponsor: Adidas
Coach: Malcolm Willstrop, David Campion
Interests: Cooking, poetry, my bed
Clubs/Teams: Pontefract, Mulhouse, Paderborn
Biography: 2012 Hong Kong Open runner-up, James Willstrop is one of England’s most competitive Squash players, known for his rivalry with current World Champion Nick Matthew.
Known as ‘The Marksman’ after his accurate shot placement, he has a large, rangy build and stands at an impressive 6 feet 4 inches, which allows him to reach shots others would find impossible.
He lifted the Qatar Classic in 2005 and picked up a silver medal alongside Vicky Botwright in the 2006 Commonwealth games. Willstrop capped off 2010 with an impressive win at the Tournament of Champions, dropping just one game throughout the whole tournament.
Willstrop had a stunning 2011, winning fifteen matches in a row to clinch the Hong Kong Open, the Kuwait Open and the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters.
This led to him reaching a career high World No.1 ranking in January 2012 but he surrendered it to compatriot Matthew after defeat in the Tournament of Champions the same year.