Name: Borja Golan
Date of Birth: 06th January 1983
World Ranking: 6
World Series Ranking: 25
Birthplace: Santiago De Compostela, Spain
Residence: Santiago De Compostela, Spain
Sponsors: The racket store, Savia
Coach: Jesus Souto, John Milton
Interests: Football, Tennis, Cinema
Clubs/Teams: Squash Club Santiago, Vaduz, St. Georges Hill, Victoria Rotterdam, Paderborn, Apuliasquash, Mulhouse.
Biography: Borja Golan has led Spanish interest in squash for most of this millennium – and, after overtaking 90's star Austin Adarraga to become his country’s highest-ranked player of all-time in 2009, went on to cement his status as a world top 10 player by celebrating a career-high world No9 ranking in April this year.
But it was also in 2009 that the Santiago de Compostela star suffered a career-threatening injury in the Colombian Open in Bogota - where, after stretching top seed David Palmer to a tie-break fifth game decider, he suffered a knee injury which took him out of the game for nine months.
But Golan has made an impressive comeback since his enforced layoff. From an eight-year-low 103 ranking in May 2010, the determined Spaniard was back in the top 30 within nine months - with title wins at the La Ciotat International Open and Toulouse Open in France and the Houston Open in the USA.
Last year he picked up the two biggest titles of his career – first winning the Manitoba Open in Canada after upsetting Dutch favourite Laurens Jan Anjema in the final, then taking the Dayton Open in Ohio, USA, after victories over the event’s top two seeds Omar Mosaad and Alister Walker.
He showed that he can mix it with players at the very top of the game at the 2012 British Open at the O2 Arena in London, where he faced Egyptian ace Ramy Ashour in the second round - and stunned the capacity crowd by taking the first two games against the No4 seed.
Ashour had to dig deep to claw back the advantage before finally winning 7-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-6 after 49 minutes - but Golan had already made it quite clear that he was back to his very best.
His 2013 Tour campaign began in the best possible way – with a title triumph in the Windy City Open in Chicago in February. After notching up the 37th Tour final appearance of his career, Golan defeated South African Stephen Coppinger to secure his 28th title – a Tour tally only bettered in the top ten by Ramy Ashour and Amr Shabana!
Golan made the last 16 round of the Kuwait PSA Cup before going down to higher-ranked Frenchman Gregory Gaultier – and in the British Open in Hull in May he reached the quarter-finals for the first time.
But it was again Ashour who halted his progress, this time winning 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 en-route to claiming the title.
Now firmly established in the world top 10, Golan said: "I love this game - but travelling is not my favourite hobby!!"
In June, Golan married Chelo Suárez.