Australia is still the most successful nation in the MWT history. They earned 8 gold medals, three silver and seven bronze and participate in all the 24 edition of the MWT. Their recent results were less prestigeous with a 4th place in the 2013 edition losing against France in the 3rd place match.
Without David Palmer for the first time in a long time it will be hard for them to create an upset. But with Cameron Pilley and Ryan Cuskelly – consistent members of the world top 20 – the Aussies seem more than capable of featuring in the top 4 once again. And who knows, push one of the three favorites out of the podium?
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Australia's MWT 2013 result: 4th place
Australia's best result: 8 titles
Ryan Cuskelly is a prolific PSA World Tour title winner and one of the top Australians on the PSA World Tour. He joined the PSA World Tour in 2006 and picked up his first title a year later at the Topend Open Series.
His best year was in 2009 where he lifted four PSA World Tour titles to elevate himself into the world's top fifty for the first time in December of that year. Cuskelly's first PSA M15 title came in November 2011 when he defeated number one seed Shahier Razik in the final but he topped that achievement with a magnificent performance at the Northern Ontario Open in April 2015 where he stunned Laurens Jan Anjema in the showpiece final.
After winning his first PSA M35 title with victory over Karim Abdel Gawad in the final, Cuskelly moved into the world’s top 20 for the first time in the November and he followed that up by reaching his first ever PSA World Series semi-final at the Qatar Circuit later that month.
After reaching the last four of the Hong Kong Open in August 2016, Cuskelly was rewarded with a place in the world’s top 15 for the first time.
The Australian won the Suburban Collection Motor City Open in 2017 as he overcame Campbell Grayson, Omar Mosaad and Stephen Coppinger to set up a final with Ali Farag, who he defeated 3-1.
Cameron Pilley is one of Australia’s leading players and a popular player amongst fans of the PSA World Tour.
Pilley reached the final of the Canary Wharf classic in 2008 but he lost to James Willstrop in an intense five-game match which was instrumental to Pilley’s rise into the top twenty in the world for the first time.
The Australian claimed a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the mixed doubles event, this time partnered with Kasey Brown.
November 2010 saw Pilley impress at the Dutch Open when he defeated Laurens Jan Anjema to claim the championship title.
In 2011, Pilley broke the record for hitting a squash ball at 175 mph, beating the previous record by 3 mph set by John White. The record stood until May 2014 where he hit a ball at 176 mph to break his own record. Three months later, Pilley picked up a Gold medal alongside David Palmer in the Commonwealth Games Doubles.
A lack of performance saw him drop out of the world’s top 20. However, Pilley returned to form by reaching the final of a PSA World Series event for the first time in December 2015 at the Hong Kong Open. He downed World Champion Gregory Gaultier and World No.3 Nick Matthew en-route but fell to defeat against defending champion Mohamed Elshorbagy.
Pilley’s fine displays in Hong Kong helped him qualify for the PSA Dubai World Series Finals the following May, where he became the first Australian finalist after avenging his defeat to ElShorbagy in the last four - ultimately losing to Gaultier.
Australian Rex Hedrick has been a force to be reckoned with in his home country and has branched out in recent years to claim titles in overseas events.
Hedrick captured his maiden PSA World Tour title at the Australia Day Challenge in 2012 and he followed that up with four further titles by the end of the year with the last of those coming at the Hitachi Queensland Open where he bested Eddie Charlton in the final.
The Austalian was rewarded with a place in the world's top 60 after his fine form in 2012 and three more titles were to follow in 2013 including his first away from home-soil at the Phoenix Open.
Hedrick won the Malaysian Squash Tour III in 2016 when he beat Piedro Schweertman over three games in the final. The Australian then had a runner-up finish later on in the year at the New Zealand PSA Classic when he lost to New Zealand’s Paul Coll over three games. Hedrick saw out the year with another runner-up finish at the Victorian Open, losing out to Joe Lee over three games.
The Australian enjoyed a runner-up finish in 2017 at the Atlanta Open where he lost to Shawn Delierre over four games.
Since making his PSA World Tour debut in 2007, Zac Alexander captured his maiden title at the NSC Satellite No.3 in 2008 and moved into the world’s top 100 for the first time in February 2009.
Alexander claimed his 5th PSA World Tour crown at the Topend Open which began a run of three successive tournament victories, a feat he has repeated twice in his career.
Title number ten came at the Rhode Island Open in November 2011 before he broke into the world’s top 40 five months later.
An hip operation in the second half of 2013 rendered Alexander unable to compete for seven months and his World Ranking took a hit as a result as he slid out of the top 100 players in the world.
A smattering of titles then came over the next few years before he hit another purple patch towards the end of 2015, again taking seven titles on the bounce with the first of those, the New South Wales Open, becoming his 15th title.
In 2016 he won five more successive titles at the North Coast Open, Q Squash Ltd Queensland Open, Mackay Open and Pacific Toyota Cairns Squash International and Elanora Open.