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Thierry Lincou David Palmer  Lee Beachill Peter Nicol
 James Willstrop Nick Matthew Amr Shabana Anthony Ricketts

Name: Thierry Lincou
Country: France
Date of Birth: 2 April 1976
Height: 1.81m
Place of Birth: Reunion Island
Place of Residence: Paris/Marseilles
Current World Ranking (Mar 06): 4
Highest World Ranking (Jan 04): 1
National Ranking: 1
PSA Titles: 14
PSA Final Appearances: 27

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Thierry Lincou, the 30-year-old from Marseille, enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2003.  With a consistency which left his rivals in the shade, Lincou reached the semi-finals in nine successive events on the PSA Tour – and went on to contest five finals. 

His appearance in the 2003 World Open final in Lahore, Pakistan, in December ensured his position as No1 in the first Dunlop PSA World Rankings published in 2004.  When Lincou first burst into the world top ten in April 2000, he overtook his illustrious predecessor Julien Bonetat as the highest-ranked Frenchman of all time.  Now he is the country’s first ever world No1. 

Lincou joined the PSA in 1994 after reaching the semi-finals of the World Junior Championships in New Zealand in August.  He claimed his first PSA Tour title, the International Tirolean Championships in Austria, in October 96. 

In 2000, Thierry led France to their first appearance in the men’s European Team Championships’ final, where they lost out to defending champions England.  For the next four years, Lincou steered France to the finals, against England, but each time came away as runners-up. 

The breakthrough came in October 2003, when the Lincou-led French squad achieved a historic first-ever win over England in the semi-finals of the World Team Championships in Austria to reach the finals for the first time. 

Disaster struck in 2001 when he fell backwards off a weights machine in a gym in April and fractured his right hand trying to break his fall.  The injury to his racket hand enforced a four-month lay-off – “but the time off-court gave me a chance to look at my game again and build up my basic fitness,” Lincou said later. 

Thierry reached his first Super Series final in August 2001 when he stunned the world by beating Peter Nicol, the world No1 and world champion, in the first round of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open. 

Unseeded, Lincou went on to meet British Open champion David Palmer in the final, losing in straight games to the in-form Australian.  Meanwhile, Thierry had endeared himself to the hosts after revealing that his mother Luk Lan-sun was Chinese.  Her parents fled China during last century’s Communist revolution and set up home in the Reunion Islands in the Pacific, where she and later Thierry himself were born. 

“I would love to go back,” Lincou told the South China Morning Post at the time.  “I’ve got Chinese roots and blood.  My mother does not know any Chinese.  I don’t know any either – but I hope to learn some.” 

Despite being No1 in the world, Lincou’s 2004 campaign got off to an unsettling start, with an ankle injury preventing him from competing in the Dayton Open in the USA.  First round losses in the Kuwait Open and Bermuda Open led to the first Super Series event of the year in Qatar where Thierry avenged his loss to Amr Shabana in December’s World Open final in Pakistan.  After beating the Egyptian in the PSA Masters quarter-finals, Lincou lost to the eventual champion Peter Nicol in the semis. 

But his long-awaited PSA title success was to come in the Super Series Finals in London in May.  After scoring qualifying victories over Joe Kneipp and Lee Beachill, Lincou went on to beat England’s surprise semi-finalist Nick Matthew, then again Joe Kneipp 10-11 11-9 11-2 11-1 in the final of the first event to use the PSA’s new PAR-to-11 scoring system.  

Lincou maintained this momentum on the next event on the PSA Tour, the Hong Kong Open, where he upset second seed Lee Beachill to reach the final where he beat another Englishman Nick Matthew.  Remarkable, despite winning the Super Series Finals event earlier, this was Thierry's first Super Series ranking event triumph.

Already making up for his poor start in the year, Lincou was now in overdrive and added a further PSA title to his collection by winning the Canadian Classic in Toronto (beating home hero Jonathon Power in the final). 

Seeded to reach the World Open final in Qatar in December, Lincou did just that – but went one better by beating top seed Lee Beachill to become world champion for the first time. 

He was justly rewarded by a return to number one in the January 2005 Dunlop PSA world rankings. 

After attending to domestic duties in France with an eight win in the French National Championships, Thierry returned to PSA matters in February's Tournament of Championships in New York.  He duly reached the final – marking the 25th of his career – but he faced an in-form Anthony Ricketts who ultimately clinched the title in his first win over the Frenchman in more than two years.


Feb 06 Winner Canary Wharf Classic USA

Jan 06 Quarter-finalist Windy City Open USA

Nov 05 Quarter-finalist Qatar Classic QAT

Oct 05 Runner-up British Open ENG

Feb 05 Runner-up *Tournament of Champions USA

Feb 05 Winner #French Nationals FRA

Jan 05 Quarter-finalist Windy City Open USA

Dec 04 Winner *World Open QAT

Nov 04 Winner Canadian Classic CAN

Nov 04 Semi-finalist British Open ENG

Sep 04 1st round US Open USA

Sep 04 Winner *Hong Kong Open HKG

May 04 Winner *Super Series Finals ENG

Apr 04 Semi-finalist *PSA Masters QAT

Mar 04 1st round Bermuda Open BER

Feb 04 Quarter-finalist Tournament of Champions USA

Jan 04 1st round Kuwait Open KUW

Dec 03 Runner-up *World Open PAK

Dec 03 Semi-finalist Canadian Classic CAN

Nov 03 Semi-finalist *Canadian Open CAN

Oct 03 (French No1) #World Team Championships AUT

Sep 03 Runner-up Motor City Open USA

Sep 03 Semi-finalist US Open USA

May 03 Runner-up *PSA Masters QAT

May 03 3rd place *Super Series Finals ENG

Feb 03 Runner-up *Tournament of Champions USA

Feb 03 Winner #French Nationals FRA

Jan 03 Runner-up Dayton Open USA

Dec 02 Quarter-finalist *World Open BEL

Nov 02 Quarter-finalist *Qatar Classic QAT

Sep 02 Semi-finalist US Open USA

Aug 02 Quarter-finalist *Hong Kong Open HKG

Jun 02 Runner-up *Super Series Finals ENG

Apr 02 Quarter-finalist *PSA Masters QAT

Apr 02 Semi-finalist *British Open ENG

Jan 02 Winner Pittsburgh Open USA

Oct 01 (5th-placed team) #World Team Championships AUS

Oct 01 Quarter-finalist *Qatar Classic QAT

Sep 01 Winner South African Challenge RSA

Aug 01 Runner-up *Hong Kong Open HKG

Mar 01 Winner Windy City Open USA

Mar 00 Quarter-finalist *PSA Masters EGY

Mar 00 Quarter-finalist Irish Open IRL

Nov 99 Semi-finalist Pakistan Open PAK

Aug 99 Winner Exterieur Open FRA

May 99 Winner Clermont-Ferrand Open FRA

May 99 Semi-finalist Bolzano Open ITA

Nov 98 Quarter-finalist Pepsi International PAK

Oct 98 Runner-up Grasshopper Cup SWI

Aug 98 Winner Ecuador Open ECU

Aug 98 Runner-up Colombian Open COL

Aug 98 Winner Bogotá Open COL

Jul 98 Winner #World University Championships WAL

May 98 Winner Pakistan Circuit No2 PAK

May 98 Runner-up Pakistan Circuit No1 PAK

Feb 98 Semi-finalist Finnish Open FIN

Aug 97 Semi-finalist Squash Inn Classic MEX

Mar 97 Runner-up Mutualite Francaise No3 FRA

Oct 96 Winner International Tirolean Championships AUT

Oct 96 Quarter-finalist Pittsburgh Open USA

Sep 96 Semi-finalist Boz Tour No5 GER

Mar 96 Quarter-finalist Mutualite Francaise No5 FRA

Jan 96 Quarter-finalist Mutualite Francaise No3 FRA

Jul 95 Quarter-finalist Albuquerque Open USA

Nov 94 Quarter-finalist Belleview Fitness Open CAN

Aug 94 Semi-finalist #World Junior Open NZL

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