Paul Coll
New Zealand’s Paul Coll has achieved a number of records in his time on the tour and in March 2022, he became the first Kiwi male to become the sport’s world No.1. His first tour triumph came at the Australia Day Challenge in 2013 and, after claiming a further title that same year, he retained the Australian title in 2014 and again the following year. In 2021, he finally was able to get his maiden major title, beating world No.1 Ali Farag in the final of the Allam British Open. Two more victories at the end of the year, both against Farag, at the Canary Wharf Classic and the CIB Squash Open Black Ball, cemented Coll as the World No.2, bearing down on the Egyptian for the top spot in the men’s game. Coll finally took over the World No.1 spot in March of 2022, becoming the first male New Zealander to ever reach the summit of the world rankings. In just his second day as the sport’s leading player, the Kiwi won the Windy City Open Presented by the Walter Family. He then followed that up with another victory at the Allam British Open, retaining his crown a year on from becoming the sport’s latest major winner. He then defeated Welshman Joel Makin in four games in the final of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, becoming the first male Kiwi to take gold in squash.