Gregory Gaultier, ‘the French General’, has announced his retirement from Professional Squash at the age of 38 after 21 years on Tour.
Check out his Press Conference, the articles and tributes from the Squash World, and our own little summary of his career.
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Au Revoir from the French General
In his junior years Greg reached the final of the World Juniors in 2000, before claiming the British Junior Open title in 2001.
In 2006 he reached the final of the World Open in Cairo, losing from two games up against David Palmer. He would suffer more heartbreak in the World Open finals of 2007, 2011 and 2013 before finally claiming the ultimate prize in 2015 in Bellevue.
He was the first Frenchman to win the British Open, beating Thierry Lincou in the 2007 final and going on to claim two more, and also won the U.S. Open and World Series Finals three times.
He represented France in the European and World Teams, finally breaking a series of European defeats to the English in 2015, and reaching the World Final in 2003 and 2009.
He dominated the early years of the reintroduced European Individual Champs, winning the first five events from 2004-2008, collecting nine titles with further wins in 2011 and 2013, 14 and15.
His first world ranking, at the end of 1999, was 297, and he reached the top ten at the start of 2003. From April 2005 to January 2019 he was an ever-present in the top ten.
An extended injury saw him plummet down the rankings, reaching #622 at the end of 2019, gradually working his way back with a number of Challenger titles and wildcard appearances to his current #21.
1x @title 🏆
3x @ titles 🏆
20 months at World No.1 🔝
Oldest World No.1 of all time 🙌
|British Open||2007 + 2014 + 2017|
|U.S. Open||2006 + 2013 + 2016|
|World Series Finals||2008 + 2009 + 2016|
|Windy City Open||2014 + 2017|
|Tournament of Champions||2009|
|El Gouna International||2014|