ADRIAN GRANT CONFIRMED AS BRITISH OPEN No.8 SEED

ADRIAN GRANT brought his career PSA World Tour title tally to 16 with victory in the PSA Indian Challenger No2 at The Calcutta Racket Club in India in
March 2009 – but, more significantly, made the London-born 28-year-old the current Englishman with the most World Tour titles.
 
Grant enjoyed a distinguished career as a junior – winning British National U14 and U16 titles before going on to be crowned European Junior Champion in 1999.
 
The left-hander made his breakthrough on the PSA World Tour in May 1999 - a month after lifting the European Junior title - when he won the Nova Friburgo Open in Brazil.
 
He enjoyed a bumper year in 2002 when he won three PSA titles – the Dutch Open, European Open and Odense Open in Denmark.
 
But a move to Yorkshire, to work with England coach David Campion, paid significant dividends in 2004 when he leapt from 22 to 12 in the world rankings within the year.
 
After winning the 2004 COAS International in Pakistan, where he was the sixth seed, Grant was selected to make his senior England debut in the European Championships in France – where he became the first black player ever to represent his country.
 
He went on to establish an impressive sequence of Pakistan triumphs, following the 2004 COAS International success by claiming the CAS International crown the following year, then in September 2006 the CNS International trophy in Karachi. Back in Islamabad six months later, Grant beat long-time Malaysian rival Ong Beng Hee to clinch his second COAS International title, and his fourth in Pakistan.
 
After a lean year in 2007 - when his ranking dropped to 20 - Adrian returned to his winning ways in 2008 - beating Canadian Shahier Razik to win the Comfort Inn Open, the second $30,000 title of his career.
 
The momentum continued at the Wolverhampton Open in October when he won the 3-star title before going on to clinch his best ever success in the World Open in Manchester. No doubt boosted by a partisan crowd at the National Squash Centre, Grant saved three game balls to open up a surprise 2/1 lead over No2 seed Gregory Gaultier – then saved a total of three match balls before clinching a sensational 9-11, 12-10, 14-12, 1-11, 13-11 victory over the twice runner-up from France in 98 minutes.
 
"This is a massive step for me - definitely my best result by far," said Grant afterwards. "His record here is unbelievable."
 
And the consistent form carried on into 2009 when he not only made the final of the British National Championships for the first time – but reached the finals of the Motor City Open in Detroit and KL Open in Malaysia (where he upset second seed and local hero Ong Beng Hee in the semis) before brushing aside all opposition in the Indian Challenger in Kolkata to make it third time lucky in the year!

Country: England
Date of birth: 6th October 1980
Place of birth: London, England
Place of residence: London, England
Marital status: Single
Highest World ranking: 9 (August 2009)
World Tour titles: 16