Name: Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Date of Birth: 20th December 1985
World Ranking: 13
World Series Ranking: 24
Birthplace: Bogota, Colombia
Residence: Bogota, Colombia
Coach: Angel Rodriguez, Sardar Ali Khan, David Palmer
Interests: Music, Soccer, Table Tennis, Swimming.
Clubs/Teams: Club El Nogal
Biography: Miguel Angel Rodriguez made history in June this year when he celebrated a career-high world No19 ranking – not only becoming the first Colombian ever to make the top 20, but also the second highest-ranked South American of all-time (behind Federico Usandizaga of Argentina a decade ago).
Rodriguez became a member of the PSA in 2005 and won his first title in November of the same year at the Tortugas Open in Argentina – first despatching top-seeded Mexican Eric Galvez in the semis, then overcoming Spain’s second seed Borja Golan.
The unexpected triumph made Rodriguez the first Colombian to win a PSA World Tour title.
He celebrated his biggest Tour successes on home soil, at the Colombian Open, with title triumphs both in 2008 and 2010 – in the latter ousting both No2 seed Shahier Razik and top seed Olli Tuominen to secure the title.
But, after winning four Tour titles in 2010, it was his three titles in 2012 – the Medellin Open and Cartagena Open in Colombia, and the Caracas Open in Venezuela – which helped to propel the Colombian star into the top 20 this year.
And Rodriguez maintained his form into 2013 with creditable performances both in Tour and World Series events.
In May, he notched up the 30th PSA Tour final appearance of his career at the Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta in Guatemala. Seeded three, he defeated top seed Laurens Jan Anjema in the semis before overcoming No2 seed Stephen Coppinger 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-0 in the final.
In June, in his first appearance for Colombia in the World Team Championship in France, Rodriguez led his team to a best ever 21st place finish.
Later, in the first ever staging of the World Games in Colombia, Rodriguez claimed his country’s first squash medal in the event after winning bronze. Seeded six, he made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals by beating fourth seed Cameron Pilley.
After losing to the eventual gold medallist Gregory Gaultier in the semis, he joined the medallists after England’s Peter Barker was forced to concede the bronze medal play-off due to injury.
Also away from the Tour, Rodriguez has enjoyed considerable success in his region – first winning the South American Championship back in 2007, then the Pan American Games gold medal in 2011 and the Pan American Championship title in 2012.