After nearly 20 years on the PSA Tour, England’s Simon Parke has retired and is ready for other ventures in life, such as spending more time coaching. Parke’s last match was against Gregory Gaultier at the Saudi International, where he lost 3-0 to the current World No. 3-—a position Parke once held himself, his highest world ranking, from October 2000 through January 2001. Parke got one last good win in before his retirement (though not a PSA event), winning the BSPA (British Squash Professionals Association) Boston Open over Scott Handley in December, fulfilling a personal goal for him after losing in the final in 2005.
During Parke’s long career he won the Junior World Championship in 1990 along with the team championship at the same time. He also won a World Team Championship with England in 1995 and achieved a national ranking of No. 1. Upon his retirement in December, 34-year-old Parke was ranked No. 35.