Name: Cameron Pilley
Date of Birth: 27th October 1982
World Ranking: 14
World Series Ranking: 13
Birthplace: Yamba NSW, Australia
Residence: Den Haag, Netherlands
Racquet: Karakal Pro4SL
Clothing Sponsor: Karakal
Coach: Carl Koenig
Interests: Golf, beach and music
Biography: Cameron Pilley has been leading squash interest in Australia since first becoming the country's top-ranked player early in 2011.
A PSA member since 2001, the tall Aussie made his Tour title breakthrough in New Zealand in 2002, winning both the North Island and South Island Championships in quick succession in August.
Based in the Netherlands, Pilley has gone on to reach 26 Tour finals and net 13 titles - his biggest being the Dutch Open in 2010 in Rotterdam where he upset top seed and training partner Laurens Jan Anjema 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 14-12 in a 105-minute final.
A month earlier, Pilley had made a successful appearance in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi where he followed a quarter-final finish in the singles with a Bronze medal in the Men's Doubles (with Ryan Cuskelly) and gold in the Mixed Doubles title (with Kasey Brown).
"The highpoints of my career were winning a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and becoming Australian No1," said Pilley.
Pilley states 'technique' as his strength as a squash player: "I hit the ball well." This was a fact he proved conclusively in October 2011 when he hit a ball at 175 mph to create a new world record!
It was at the Santiago Open in October last year that Pilley notched up his unexpected 26th Tour final appearance. Seeded four, the New South Welshman upset top seed Adrian Grant in the semi-finals to set up a clash with Simon Rosner. But the higher-ranked German survived the four-game match to take the Spanish title.
Pilley began his 2013 campaign with a quarter-final berth in the Swedish Open in Linkoping – where he went down to top seed Nick Matthew.
But later in the year he celebrated his first appearance in the last eight of the British Open in spectacular style. In a match described as ‘the comeback of the tournament’, Pilley battled from two games and 9-3 down to upset sixth seed Mohamed Elshorbagy 13-15, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6, 13-11 in 74 minutes – saving two match-balls in the decider before converting his first to clinch the win.
"You've got to have faith in yourself - I had it under control the whole time," joked the Aussie later. "He's beaten me the last few times, so I'm pleased to get through."
Pilley then stretched James Willstrop to five games in the quarter-finals before going out to the No3 seed in 107 minutes.
In May 2012, Pilley was named Squash Australia senior athlete of the year, and later in the year was delighted to be appointed as an Ambassador for the Clarence Valley - "the area where I was born and raised!"