With squash recognized as a sport that’s fan base lies largely in Great Britain, Europe, and Asia, it remains difficult to find superstar names in the western hemisphere.
Don’t tell that to Colombia’s Miguel Ángel Rodríguez though.
Recently acquiring a worldwide #8 spot on the Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) player rankings list, Rodriguez is currently the only South American to ever be ranked in the top 10, and is poised to become the greatest South American squash player ever. He’s already exceeded the previous player who held that position, Argentina’s Federico Usandizaga whose career high ranking of 20 in 1995 is 12 spots below Rodriguez’s current ranking.
Rodriguez achieved this ranking after ending 2014 in dramatic fashion, reaching three consecutive semifinals in PSA events.
Born in 1985 in Bogotá, the 29 year old Rodriguez took to squash at a young age and went pro in 2005 at the age of 20. He immediately made an impact on the Colombian squash community, becoming the first South American to ever win the Tortuga Open that same year. From there he would go on to take second place at the 2006 Colombian Open before winning it all in 2008 and again in 2010.
In 2013, Rodriguez ventured further out of Colombia, winning Canada’s Bluenose Classic before taking a bronze medal in the World Games at Cali, victories that earned him the #12 spot in worldwide rankings that September. The position was the highest (at that point) a South American squash player had ever been ranked, passing Federico Usandizaga, who hit a ranking of 20 in 1995.
Competitions won in 2014 include the Pan-American Championship, Colombian Open, and Rancho Open, among a slew of runner-up and semi-final appearances.
Training mostly with the iconic David Palmer, Rodriguez seems to have a ceiling that is far above what he’s achieved so far, and he’s sure to improve on his legacy throughout 2015.
From all our people at Clutch and Salming shoes, we would like to welcome Miguel to our community and wish him the best of luck on his future squash aspirations.