Name: Gregory Gaultier
Date of Birth: 23rd December 1982
World Ranking: 2
World Series Ranking: 1
Birthplace: Epinal, France
Residence: Aix En Provence, France
Sponsors: ASB, Manutan
Coach: Adriaens Thomas, Matthieu Benoit, Andre Delhoste
Interests: Music, Cinema
Clubs/Teams: Aix En Provence, Stuttgart, Roma
Biography: France’s number one player Gregory Gaultier notched up the 50th PSA World Tour final of his career in February this year at the Swedish Open – becoming only the third player on the current tour to achieve this mighty half-century milestone.
The 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence went on to upset three-time champion Nick Matthew in the final to collect his 23rd Tour title. Later in the year, he celebrated the 51st final of his career when he reached the British Open climax for the second time.
But it was after a sensational run some three years ago - in which he competed in 11 PSA Tour events, and made the finals in eight – that Gaultier became world number one for the first time in November 2009.
He clinched his long-awaited status after reaching the final of the 2009 Hong Kong Open – and was immediately feted by French media on his return to his homeland. Gaultier became France’s second world number one – following in the footsteps of his illustrious compatriot Thierry Lincou, in whose shadows he had been since emerging as a junior.
The French pair contested numerous memorable clashes - none more so than the 2007 British Open final in which Gaultier prevailed in four games to become the first French winner of the prestigious title in its 77-year history.
Gaultier’s world number one ranking was short-lived: He spent much of the next two years languishing outside the top five before winning the Malaysian Open and Qatar Classic (the biggest title of his career) in 2011 and then reaching the PSA World Championship final for the third time – but for the third time finished as runner-up.
But after leaping back to No3 in the world rankings in December 2011, Gaultier signalled the return to the top of his game.
A fine run followed later in 2012 when he made three major finals in a row – upsetting top seed James Willstrop in the semis of the US Open to make the climax of the World Series event in Philadelphia, then winning both the NetSuite Open in San Francisco and Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas in Mexico.
Gaultier’s 2013 campaign began with his second title at the Swedish Open and his sixth French national championship win.
Thereafter, only two players stood in the Frenchman’s way on the PSA Tour: Seeded four, Gaultier reached the North American Open semis, where he lost to Nick Matthew, then the last four of the Kuwait PSA Cup before going out to world number one Ramy Ashour.
Gaultier avenged his earlier defeat to Matthew to upset the title-holder in the British Open semi-finals in May, before again falling to Ashour in the final.
Off the court, Gaultier celebrated one of the proudest achievements of his life in August 2012 when he became the father of son Nolan.
Away from the PSA Tour, at the World Games in Colombia in August, he became the first French squash gold medallist in the multi-sport event when he beat German rival Simon Rosner in the final in Cali.