World Ranking: 99
Highest: 81 (May 2013)
Height: 5’ 8”
Aqeel has had a wondeful 2016 so far. In February he won his 10th National Title (yes tenth!), and he followed this with a final appearance in South Africa, which was immediately followed by Tournament Wins in South Africa and Isreal. Talk about finishing the season on a high.
He was born and raised on 12.12.1985 in Salzburg and has played squash since he was 5. He began because his father comes from Pakistan, where squash is a national sport!
In the juniors Aqeel won the Austrian league title 12 times! He also reached the final of the Belgian Junior Open and won the Hungarian Junior Open.
Since 2003 Aqeel has been a fixed part of the National Men’s Team and participated in several European Team Championships and World Cup.
After joining the PSA in 2006 Aqeel has enjoyed great success, especially for an Austrian! In 2008 he made the big decision to leave the beautiful city of Salzburg to live in Manchester to further his squash. At the beginning of 2012, he then moved 100 kilometers to the north-east of Manchester to Harrogate (near Leeds). Here he had access to ex-England National Coach, David Pearson, who has coached 2 World Champions in his time.
In July 2012, he won his first PSA Tour title at the Tasmanian Open in Australia, becoming the only Austria squash player to ever win an International tournament. A very proud moment. It was August 2012 when Aqeel finally made the leap into the World’s top 100, and finished the year with rank 84. In the following spring this was followed by winning The Austrian Open, which was particularly precious as it was in his home club and had what felt like the whole nation watching him.
After several more good performances, June 2013 saw him reach a career best ranking so far of No.81.
Two more titles followed in 2014, one in New Zealand and another in Australia.
With all this international success, and coupled with being a record 10 time Austrian Champion, Aqeel enjoys his status as the nations greatest ever squash player…. but he’s not done yet……