Gary Waite

One of the best left-wall doubles players in history, Gary Waite was a dominant player in the 1990s and 2000s. Growing up in Sarnia, Ontario, Waite first saw a squash court when he was eleven. He quickly rose up the junior ranks, winning the U.S. national U15 in 1981, U17 in 1983 and the U19 in 1984 and the New Zealand national juniors in 1984 and losing in the final of the British Junior Open. He turned pro and, after training stints in New Zealand and Australia, reached world No. 12 on the international softball tour and No.1 on the North American hardball singles circuit. With partners including Jamie Bentley, Mark Talbott and Damien Mudge, Waite proved almost invincible on the doubles court, many times going undefeated during an entire season of events and often overwhelming opponents with his power and mental toughness. He captured ten Johnsons and ten North American Open titles, three Cambridge Clubs and three Elites. For fourteen consecutive years he was ranked the number one doubles player on tour. He won the U.S. National Doubles in 2002 and 2006, the National Mixed in 2001, four World Doubles titles and three World Mixed. In 2000 he led the effort to relaunch the pro doubles tour in North America, greatly accelerating not just the growth of the tour but the building of new courts and increased participation. For two years he also worked with US Squash in the Emaleh Project, leading a grassroots effort to develop doubles, and he more recently helped build the world’s first four-wall glass doubles court.