Dutch No.1 Milou Van Der Heijden
Announces Retirement From PSA World Tour
World No.50 Milou van der Heijden has announced her retirement from the
PSA World Tour after 15 years of competing.
The Netherlands No.1 won 10 PSA titles in her 15-year career, starting
with the NT Open 2012 in Alice Springs, Australia. She came into the
tournament as the No.2 seed and defeated South Africa’s Cheyna Tucker in
the final 9-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7 to lift the trophy.
Her biggest title came in 2020 at the Savcor Finnish Open as she lifted
the Challenger 10 title, beating Finland’s Emilia Soini 3-0 in the
Van der Heijden’s first event came in her home country at the Enschede
Open in 2006. She lost out in the qualifying finals to England’s Leonie
Holt. It wasn’t long before van der Heijden was competing in the
pinnacle of the sport, the World Championships. Her first appearance
came again in her home country in 2009 in Amsterdam. A further 10
appearances in World Championships would follow for the Dutch No.1
throughout her career.
Van der Heijden broke into the world’s top 50 in June 2013 and spent an
impressive eight years inside that ranking bracket and went on to reach
a highest world ranking of World No.29 in 2019.
Van der Heijden also picked up six Dutch National titles throughout her
career with her first coming in 2014.
“This journey would not have been possible without the help of so many
people.” Said van der Heijden.
“Transforming me from a teenage girl to an athlete, both physically &
mentally, I have to thank Allistair McCaw, Floris Minneart, Gert Jan van
Dijk, Jos Lammers & Frank Bisschops. Making it through 13 seasons
without a major injury is thanks to them, and of course Remco Claessens
& Ries Segers.
“My squash made many small steps in those years, thanks to the help of
my father Sjef, my brother Dylan, Latasha Khan, Bas van Hoorn & Marijn
Koot in the early years. But my biggest thank you goes to Natalie
Grinham & Tommy Berden, you’ve been a great role models (& ‘family’) &
I’m grateful you’ve shared your knowledge & invested your time in me.
Thank you to all of them for believing in me, especially when I doubted
myself. Then of course the sponsors who have supported me along the way,
Scipio, Subsign, IONLed & Quizzzit. The biggest thank you goes to
Dunlop, who have literally been there from the start.
“I’ve got to travel to so many great places & have met many wonderful
people. I want to thank all the billets I’ve stayed with, thank you for
taking me into your homes. Some of you have really made me part of the
family & you have a special place in my heart. I really hope our paths
will cross again!
“My parents, Dylan, Nikki & Robin, thank you for your endless support.
Without you, I wouldn’t have made it this far. Of course, everyone else,
friends & family and other squash enthusiasts who have supported &
followed me during this journey.
Last but not least, my husband Ger,
thank you for your patience when I was following my dream. I’m grateful
for you and so excited to be home more & keep building our future
“The last year I’ve already started working on some new ventures. I’m
excited to see where I can take SQSH Wear, work on the future squash
generation with Squash Bond Nederland & keep growing my parents’ squash
club Squashtime Eindhoven.”