LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall’s Director of Squash and the world’s former top-ranked professional, John White, officially announced his retirement from the professional ranks. White, ranked 17th in the world in the October release of the Professional Squash Association rankings, officially ended his career at the World Open in Manchester, U.K.
“Retirement so far has been great,” White noted. “It comes to us all at some point in the career and I could not have done it at a better location than the world open last week in Manchester.”
White’s decision to retire from the professional ranks hinged primarily on his desire to spend more time with his family.
“I will not miss all of the long distance travels and staying in hotels that is for sure,” White joked. “I can now spend my time with the kids at home and see them grow. Maybe take them to a ball game and see them compete in their own sports instead of getting told about it over the phone.”
A native of Queensland, Australia and a Scottish national, White has 12 PSA tour titles to his credit since becoming a full-time professional in 1991. He broke into the top 20 in the world rankings in 1998, and climbed his way to the top of the tour, reaching number one in the world in March of 2004.
White has remained one of squash's most consistent players over the past decade. He was ranked in the world's top ten for 76 months of his professional career, including a 46 month string from March of 2001 through December of 2004. He has been ranked in top 20 in each of the past 112 months, and 119 of the past 120 months.
He picked up his first professional tournament win on the Italian Circuit in May of 1997, and has claimed victories in several high-profile events including the 2003 PSA Masters in Qatar, where he defeated sixth-ranked, Thierry Lincou, 3-0. He followed that victory with a win in the Prince English Open in August 2003, knocking off Canada's Jonathan Power 3-1 in the championship final. In December 1998, White won the Scottish National Championship and went on to represent his country in the 1999 European Championships, the World Cup, and World Team Championships. He was the runner-up in the British and World Open in 2002, and returned to the British Open finals in 2007.
In addition to his myriad accomplishments, White is regarded as squash's hardest hitter. That was confirmed when one of White's shots was clocked at 172 miles per hour, which remains a world record.