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David Palmer
Date of Birth:
28 June 1976
Place of Birth:
Lithgow, NSW
Place of Residence:
Antwerp, Belgium
Current World Ranking (Feb 05): 3
Highest World Ranking (Sep 01): 1
National Ranking: 1
PSA Titles: 15
PSA Final Appearances: 32

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David Palmer came of age in 2001.  The Belgian-based Aussie swept through the British Open field at the NIA in Birmingham in June to become the first Australian for twenty years to claim the sport’s most established title.  Then in August – in his fifth successive PSA Tour final appearance of the year – he claimed his debut Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open title.

His phenomenal consistency earned him the ultimate reward the following month when he deposed Peter Nicol to become world No1 for the first time on 1st September.

The 27-year-old from Lithgow in New South Wales joined the PSA in 1994 and won four successive PSA Tour titles in 1997.

After his PSA success in 2001, Palmer turned his attention on the World Team Championships, and led hosts Australia to a 3-0 victory over title-holders England in the semi-finals, then took the trophy with a 3-0 win over Egypt in the final in Melbourne.

Palmer enjoyed an excellent year in 2002 – winning his first Super Series Finals title in June in London (beating defending champion Peter Nicol in the semis, then Thierry Lincou in the final) and a month later picking up bronze medals in both the singles and men’s doubles in the Commonwealth Games in England.

But victories in the US Open and South African Challenge later in the year led to his crowning glory – success in his first World Open in front of a local supporters in his adopted home town of Antwerp in Belgium.  Seeded three, he made his breakthrough after beating Jonathon Power in the semi-finals, then – in one of the most dramatic comebacks of all-time – fought back from 0-2 down to overcome Scotland’s John White 13-15 12-15 15-6 15-14 15-11 in the final

Palmer had a disappointing start to 2003, after being laid low by complications following the removal of his appendix in Bermuda in February.  After reaching the semi-finals of the Tournament of Champions in New York in February, he was absent from the PSA Tour until his comeback at the English Open in June.

Back to his best by September, David reached the US Open final (where he lost to Nicol) before crossing the Atlantic to secure his second British Open title in October, this time beating the English world No1 in the final in Nottingham 

After an indifferent start in 2004, Palmer progressed two round beyond his seeding in the inaugural five-star Bermuda Open in March – beating No2 seed Peter Nicol in the quarter-finals and Jonathon Power in a five-game marathon in the semis. 

In the final, spurred on by his new adopted ‘home’ fans on the British colony island where he is now based, Palmer battled hard against fourth seed Lee Beachill, but eventually went down to the Englishman in straight games.

He reached the PSA Masters final in Qatar the following month, beating John White and Lee Beachill - but it was back in England in November that he joined a select band of three-times British Open champions when he successfully defended his title in Nottingham, defeating world champion Amr Shabana in four games in the final.

A heavy December schedule saw Palmer reach the World Open semi-finals in Qatar, then the quarter-finals of the Pakistan Open in Islamabad (where he lost out to Jonathon Power), before moving into World Doubles Championships action in India where (with Anthony Ricketts) he reached the semi-finals of the Men's event and (with Rachael Grinham) claimed the Mixed title.

After marrying Melinda in January 2005, David rejoined the PSA Tour in February's Tournament of Champions in New York, where he made it to the semi-finals after overcoming Jonathon Power in a 93-minute quarter-final.


Feb 05 Semi-finalist *Tournament of Champions USA

Dec 04 Winner #Mixed World Doubles Championship IND

Dec 04 Semi-finalist #World Doubles Championship IND

Dec 04 Quarter-finalist *Pakistan Open PAK

Dec 04 Semi-finalist *World Open QAT

Nov 04 Winner British Open ENG

Sep 04 Semi-finalist US Open USA

Sep 04 Semi-finalist Hong Kong Open HKG

Apr 04 Runner-up *PSA Masters QAT

Mar 04 Runner-up Bermuda Open BER

Feb 04 2nd round Tournament of Champions USA

Jan 04 1st round Kuwait Open KUW

Dec 03 3rd round *World Open PAK

Dec 03 Quarter-finalist *Qatar Classic QAT

Nov 03 Runner-up Canadian Classic CAN

Nov 03 Quarter-finalist *Canadian Open CAN

Oct 03 (Australia No1) #World Team Championships AUT

Oct 03 Winner British Open ENG

Sep 03 Runner-up US Open USA

Aug 03 Semi-finalist Prince English Open ENG

Feb 03 Semi-finalist *Tournament of Champions USA

Dec 02 Winner *World Open BEL

Nov 02 Runner-up *Qatar Classic QAT

Oct 02 Winner South African Challenge RSA

Sep 02 Winner US Open USA
Sep 02 Semi-finalist *Hong Kong Open HKG

Aug 02 Bronze medallist #Commonwealth Games Men’s Doubles ENG

Jul 02 Bronze medallist #Commonwealth Games Men’s Singles ENG

Jun 02 Winner *Super Series Finals ENG

Apr 02 Semi-finalist *PSA Masters QAT

Mar 02 Semi-finalist *Pakistan Open PAK

Nov 01 Quarter-finalist YMG Capital Classic CAN

Oct 01 (Champion team) #World Team Championships AUS

Oct 01 Runner-up *Qatar Classic QAT

Sep 01 Semi-finalist *Al-Ahram International EGY

Aug 01 Winner *Hong Kong Open HKG

Jun 01 Runner-up *Super Series Finals ENG

Jun 01 Winner *British Open ENG

May 01 Runner-up Irish Open IRL

Apr 01 Runner-up *PSA Masters EGY

Feb 01 Semi-finalist *Flanders Open BEL

Dec 00 Quarter-finalist YMG Capital Classic CAN

Nov 00 Semi-finalist Florida Open USA

Nov 00 Quarter-finalist US Open USA

Oct 00 Winner Motor City Open USA

Oct 00 Semi-finalist *British Open ENG

Aug 00 Quarter-finalist *Al-Ahram International EGY

Mar 00 Semi-finalist Irish Open IRL

Nov 99 Runner-up Pittsburgh Open USA

Oct 99 Runner-up Motor City Open USA

Oct 99 Winner CAS International PAK

May 99 Runner-up Clermont-Ferrand Open FRA

May 99 Winner Mega Italia Open ITA

Apr 99 Runner-up Finnish Open FIN

Aug 98 Runner-up Geoff Hunt Aus. Satellite AUS

Nov 97 Winner Philadelphia Open USA

Sep 97 Winner Rio International BRA

Sep 97 Winner Chile Open CHI
Aug 97 Winner Ecuador Open ECU

Aug 97 Runner-up Cali Open COL

Aug 96 Runner-up Head Satellite No1 MAS

Sep 95 Runner-up Kleenheat Open AUS

1994 Winner #Australian Junior (U-19) Nationals AUS

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