David Palmer (squash player)

'''David Palmer
Residence: Antwerp and
Height: 1.8 m
Plays: Right
Turned pro: 1994
Highest World Ranking: 1 (Sep '01, Feb '06)
PSA Tour Titles: 18
PSA Tour Finals: 40
Sponsorship: Black Knight
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David Palmer (born 28 June, 1976 in Lithgow, New South Wales) is a professional squash player from Australia. He is one of the most successful players of his generation, having won the World Open in 2002 and 2006; the British Open in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2008; and the Super Series Finals in 2002. He reached the World No. 1 ranking for the first time in September 2001. Four years after his previous spell as World No. 1, Palmer again reached the world's top ranking for one month in February 2006.

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Palmer won a men's singles Silver Medal after losing in the final to England's Peter Nicol. He also won Bronze Medals in the men's doubles and mixed doubles. In the 2002 Commonwealth Games he won Bronze Medals in both the men's singles and the men's doubles.

In technical terms, Palmer plays a classic attrition game with hard-hitting attacking shots from his opponent's loose shots.

Beyond his squash-playing ability, Palmer is also well known for his tendency to lose his temper during matches. He served as President of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) for a period, but failed to win re-election in 2002, at least in part because of his on-court behaviour. Following the 2004 World Doubles Squash Championships in Chennai, India, Palmer was banned from playing in events run by the World Squash Federation (WSF) for 13 months after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of verbally abusing the referee and abusing playing equipment. Although a very serious penalty for his actions, the ban did not do much to stop Palmer from playing because the PSA rather than the WSF runs the majority of events that he plays in (the WSF only governs some major events).

World Open final appearances

Wins (2)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
2002 John White 13-15, 12-15, 15-6, 15-14, 15-11
2006 Grégory Gaultier 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-10 (6-4), 11-2
Runner-ups (1)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
2005 Amr Shabana 11-6, 11-7, 11-8

British Open final appearances

Wins (4)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
2001 Chris Walker 12-15, 13-15, 15-2, 15-9, 15-5
2003 Peter Nicol 15-13, 15-13, 15-8
2004 Amr Shabana 10-11 (4-6), 11-7, 11-10 (3-1), 11-7
2008 James Willstrop 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-10 (3-1)

Commonwealth Games final appearances

Runner-ups (1)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
2006 Peter Nicol 9-5, 10-8, 4-9, 9-2

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