Australian great remembers win over Jahangir

09:47, Jul 01 2014
Geoff Hunt and Southern PSA Open contender Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.
MASTER AND PUPIL: Former world squash champion Geoff Hunt and Southern PSA Open contender Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.

Memories of the gruelling 2hr 15min it took to win his eighth British Open remain vivid for squash great Geoff Hunt.

The win over Pakistan's Jahangir Khan (9-2 9-7 5-9 9-7) took its toll on Hunt.

"I wasn't 100 per cent for two weeks after that ... it was a hard physical game," the Australian said in Invercargill this week.

Hunt is visiting the city with Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, the sixth seed for the Southern PSA (Professional Squash Association) Open at Squash City. Squash players from around the world are competing in the open, which starts tomorrow night.

Hunt last year finished up as head coach at the Aspire Academy in Qatar after 7 1/2 years' service. He is now based on the Gold Coast.

"Abdulla is a product of the academy. After he graduated I arranged a scholarship for him ... to help him tour round the world."


Al Tamimi was fourth at the world junior championships in Poland last year.

"I'm helping him to reach his full potential. He's got a lot of good skills," Hunt, 67, said.

Hunt accompanies Al Tamimi to championships worldwide and he is the only player coached by the master.

As well as winning eight British Opens, Hunt won eight Australian Championships, the first four World Open championships and three World Amateur championships.

He was ranked either No 1 or No 2 in the world from 1969 to 1981. For 20 years, Hunt was head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport's squash programme.

Hunt is a member of the Order of the British Empire and a member of the Order of Australia. He is also a member of the World Squash Hall of Fame.

The Southland Times