After a sensational run in 2003, when he reached the semi-finals in nine successive PSA Tour events and went on to contest five finals, Thierry Lincou became world number one for the first time in January 2004 - confirming his status as the most successful French squash player of all-time.
It was his appearance in the 2003 World Open final in December in Pakistan - where he was the fourth seed - that clinched his position as No1 in the first Dunlop PSA World Rankings of the New Year. When the 29-year-old from Marseille 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. He is now 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 final of the European Team Championships, where they lost out to defending champions England. For the next four years, Lincou steered France to the finals, all against England, but each time came away as runners-up.
The French breakthrough came in October 2003, when the Lincou-led 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.
Despite keeping his first world No1 ranking for only the first two months of 2004, Lincou went on to capture four major titles: the Super Series Finals in London, the Hong Kong Open (upsetting second seed Lee Beachill to reach the final where he beat another Englishman Nick Matthew), and 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.
This success led to Lincou returning to the top of the PSA rankings in January 2005 - a position he held throughout the year.
After winning his eighth French National title at the beginning of the year, Thierry returned to PSA matters by reaching the final in February's Tournament of Championships in New York - marking the 25th of his career. He went on the make the Super Series Finals final for the second successive year, but lost out to Jonathon Power. He scored his first PSA title success of the year in Karachi where he won the Pakistan Open trophy for the first time, beating Australia's David Palmer in the final.
Disappointment followed in the later British Open and World Open, where in both cases he fell at the quarter-final stage to Peter Nicol, the Englishman whom he has described as his 'role model'.
A semi-final place in the Saudi International event in December and a place in the last eight of the Windy City Open in Chicago in January saw Thierry settle at fifth place in the February world rankings.
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
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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