Name: Simon Rosner
Date of Birth: 05th November 1987
World Ranking: 11
World Series Ranking: 7
Birthplace: Wurzburg, Germany
Residence: Paderborn, Germany
Racquet: Oliver Apex RS7
Interests: My car, music
Clubs/Teams: Paderborn (Germany), Uster (Switzerland), Coolhurst (England), Maastricht (Netherlands), Valence (France)
Biography: Simon Rosner has made rapid progress on the PSA World Tour since becoming Germany's leading international player this millennium.
Solid performances in 2012 led to his qualifying for the 2012 World Series Finals in London for the first time in January this year – and in April the Paderborn-based son of a baker celebrated a career-high world No12 ranking.
The leading local member of the seven-time European Club Championship-winning club Paderborn, Rosner joined the PSA in 2003, aged 15.
After becoming Germany's first European Junior Champion in 2006, Rosner went on to lead his country to a historic victory in the European Junior Team Championships - not only winning the trophy for the first time, but also ending England's 20-year grip on the title.
Rosner won his first Tour title at the West of Ireland Open in 2009. In October 2012, he reached his 11th PSA Tour final at the Santiago Open in Spain – and netted his sixth title after first upsetting local hero and defending champion Borja Golan in the semis, then beating Australian Cameron Pilley in the final.
"I'm just so happy to have won my sixth PSA title," said the jubilant German afterwards. "I have been working really hard and that paid off finally."
Rosner achieved his best results in the elite PSA World Series events in 2012, celebrating his first quarter-final appearance in the North American Open in February.
He finished in ninth place in the 2012 PSA World Series Standings – but earned his maiden appearance in the flagship ATCO PSA World Series Finals after the withdrawal of injured Ramy Ashour.
Rosner then became the first German ever to win a match in the World Series Finals when he upset Egypt's former world number one Karim Darwish 11-4, 11-8.
"I didn't expect to be here, but my last-minute preparation went well. I'm really playing my best squash here,” said Rosner. "To win a match here on this great court is amazing. I'm very happy."
After winning his seventh successive German Nationals title in February, Rosner went on to score a second successive quarter-final berth in the North American Open in March after upsetting eighth seed Omar Mosaad in the last 16 round.
The result was enough to push the Paderborn prince up to a best-ever No12 in the world – only four places below 1994 world No8 Hansi Wiens, the highest-ranked German of all-time.
Away from the Tour, Rosner has led his national team to notable successes: In the 2011 Men's World Team Championship in his home town Paderborn, Germany finished in ninth place to record their best position since 1997.
But in this year’s championship in France, Rosner led Germany to victory over South Africa in the play-off for fifth place to recording their highest ever finish.
And in the 2013 European Team Championships, Rosner took Germany to third place for the second year in a row – the team’s best finish since 1994. It was the bronze medal triumph in 2012 that Rosner later credited as "my proudest success of the year".
Rosner’s latest success of the year was a silver medal in the World Games in Colombia. Seeded three in the multi-sport event for non-Olympic sports, the 25-year-old upset England’s No2 seed Peter Barker in straight games in the semi-finals to reach the final, where he stretched Gregory Gaultier to four games before going down to the French favourite.