England's Adrian Grant Calls Time on Career
World No.9 Adrian Grant has announced his retirement from professional
squash following a 17 year career on the PSA World Tour.
The 35-year-old from London lifted 21 titles from 34 finals on the World
Tour and competed in 471 matches spread over 208 tournaments, winning
284, in an established and distinguished career.
Grantís success extended onto the international scene with the
Englishman winning a Gold and a Silver medal in the Doubles Events of
the 2010 Delhi and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, respectively, after
teaming up with compatriot Nick Matthew. He also helped England to their
fifth World Team Squash Championship title three years ago, beating
Egypt in the final.
Grant, whose last appearance on the PSA World Tour was in Novemberís
World Championship, is joining Salming as a Global Brand & US Accounts
Manager and will take up a position as the Head Pro at UCLA College in
"Itís known that I haven't been competing on the world tour for well
over a year now, as I've been busy working on the next chapter in my
life," said Grant.
"Iím honoured to be given two opportunities. Firstly, joining the
Salming team as the Global Brand & US Accounts Manager which is one of
the most exciting, dynamic squash brands I've been involved with during
my 17 years on tour. Also, as the Head Pro at UCLA college in Los
Angeles, building the junior academy and school program. I thank them
both for sharing the same vision in helping grow the sport to continued
great heights in different ways.
"Firstly, I'd like to thank my family for investing so much of their
time and resources since the day I picked up a racket aged eight. They
are the back bone of everything I've achieved and, as with all pro
athletes and the highs and lows, they have always been my support unit.
"To England Squash and The England Institute of Sport, which I feel has
the best services in the world, without them my dreams of winning Tour,
World Team and Commonwealth Games titles wouldn't be possible.
"To My first coach, Allam Soliman, and most current, David Pearson &
David Campion, who have all been instrumental in my development and
professionalism towards the game on and off the court.
"Iím lucky to have the opportunity to give back to our great sport in
ways that keep me involved at the high level which has given me so much
and I'm excited about the next phase. I don't see this as the end, but
the continued journey into what has been my passion for so many years.
To all the friends I've made around the world and fellow pro athletes
thatIi've battled with, win or lose, we are all part of one of the best
sports out there and, with the PSAís and SQUASHTVís innovation, I have
no doubt it will keep growing from strength to strength.Ē