John White (squash player)

John White (born 15 June 1973 in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia) is a former World No. 1 squash player.

John White
Nickname(s)Great White, The Rocket, and The Legend
Country Scotland
ResidencePhiladelphia, USA
Born (1973-06-15) 15 June 1973 (age 47)
Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Racquet usedPrince O3 Black
Men's Singles
Highest ranking1 (March 2004)
Tour final(s)32
World OpenF (2002)
Last updated on: 30 December 2011.

Career overviewEdit

White finished runner-up at both the World Open and the British Open in 2002. He won the PSA Masters title in 2003 (beating Thierry Lincou in the final 15–8, 17–15, 17–16). He also won the British National Championships in 2004 (beating Lee Beachill in the final 17–16, 17–14, 14–15, 15–8). White reached the World No. 1 ranking in March 2004.

White is known as the hardest hitter of the ball in the sport of squash. Quite frequently, he has achieved speeds of over 165 miles per hour (266 km/h). One of his shots was clocked at 172 miles per hour, a record until 3 October 2011 when Cameron Pilley hit a shot that was recorded at 175 miles per hour. White was brought up in Australia, but represents Scotland in international squash.

In 2007, White was appointed Director of Squash and head squash coach at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He retired from the PSA tour after losing to James Willstrop in the second round of World Squash Championships in 2008.[1] In 2011, White was appointed as the head coach of the varsity men's and women's squash teams at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

World Open final appearancesEdit

0 title & 1 runner-upEdit

Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2002 Antwerp, Belgium   David Palmer 13–15, 12–15, 15–6, 15–14, 15–11

Major World Series final appearancesEdit

British Open: 1 final (0 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2002   Peter Nicol 15–9, 15–8, 15–8

Qatar Classic: 1 finals (0 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2003   Lee Beachill 15–12, 15–5, 11–15, 12–15, 15–9


  1. ^ "Au Revoir John". Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Drexel Adds Men's and Women's Squash as Varsity Sports, Selects John White to Lead the Program". 25 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Thierry Lincou
World No. 1
March 2004 – April 2004
Succeeded by
Peter Nicol