Mark Talbott

(1960- )

The most dominant American player in history, Mark Talbott rewrote the record books. As a junior he won the under 16s twice and the national juniors twice. After he joined the World Professional Squash Association hardball tour in 1980, Talbott won an unthinkable 180 tournaments. With unusual sportsman­ship and enduring mental toughness, Talbott won seven WPSA championships, five Canadian Opens, fourteen straight Windy City Opens and six Boston Opens, including his historic 18-16 in the fifth game victory over world cham­pion Jahinger Khan in 1985. He was WPSA’s player of the year ten times and reigned as the number one player on the tour from 1983 until 1994. He captained the U.S. team in the 1995 Pan-American Games, earning a bronze medal in the individuals and represented the U.S. five times at the World Team cham­pionships. He won twenty-five doubles titles, including the North American doubles with Peter Briggs and Gary Waite and teamed with Waite to win the World Doubles in 1998. Since 1991 he was the director of the Talbott Squash Academy, the national training center for US Squash, he twice led the U.S. junior team to the World Juniors and in 1998 was named the coach of the Yale women’s team.

North American Open Champion 1983, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992
North American Doubles Champion 1984, 1997, 1998, 1999
World Doubles Champion 1998