Name: Peter Barker
Date of Birth: 26th September 1983
World Ranking: 9
World Series Ranking: 7
Birthplace: London, England
Residence: London, England
Racquet: Wilson K Blx
Clothing Sponsor: Wilson
Sponsors: England Squash
Coach: Paul Carter & Ben Ford
Interests: Football, Music, Reading, Cooking, City Breaks
Clubs/Teams: Esporta Croydon, Paderborn, Victoria
Biography: England international Peter Barker is the sport’s ‘Mr Consistency’ – a title he thoroughly earned after reaching the quarter-finals of all the 13 PSA World Series events he contested in 2011 and 2012.
It was a shock first round exit in this year's Tournament of Champions in New York that ended the London left-hander’s impressive two-year run – going down to rapidly-improving South African Stephen Coppinger.
But it was in the 2012 British Open that Barker celebrated "my most satisfying success of the year" when he fought back from 2/1 down to topple former champion Gregory Gaultier, the No2 seed, to reach the semi-finals of the prestigious event at the famous O2 Arena in his home town.
"I pulled out everything I had today," said Barker afterwards. "Fortunately it was just about enough."
Semi-final finishes in the NetSuite Open in San Francisco and the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas in Mexico later in the year – both PSA International 70 events – led Barker to achieving a career-high world No5 ranking in December, thereby fulfilling one of his 2012 aims.
Barker began his 2013 campaign back in London with his third successive appearance in the ATCO World Series Finals at Queen’s Club.
He achieved his first Tour final appearance of the year at the Canary Wharf Classic, also in London. Seeded four, Barker achieved only his second ever win over Nick Matthew in 22 Tour clashes with his higher-ranked England team-mate over six years.
The 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 semi-final upset in 69 minutes stopped top seed Matthew’s bid for a fourth successive title.
"To put in a performance like that in front of a home like this is very special," said Barker afterwards. "Nick's had the better of me so many times before - it's good to get a win over him.”
It took another England team mate to deny Barker the title when James Willstrop won the final in three minutes short of an hour.
It was in August that Barker crossed the Atlantic to return to Colombia for the first time since winning his third success Colombian Open title in the capital Bogota in 2007.
And the top seed duly reached the final – marking the 22nd of his career – and celebrated appropriately by beating Egypt’s world No11 Omar Mosaad 11-4, 11-4, 8-11, 11-3 to collect his 14th Tour title.
It was at the end of last year that Barker was asked if there was a significant turning point in his squash career? "Yes – a realisation that squash is not the most important thing to me. Since then, I enjoy playing more and I'm at a career high."