Pilley Retires from PSA Tour
At the tender age of 37, Australia's Cameron Pilley has announced his retirement from professional squash.
The former World No11, who won 13 titles during long career took to Twitter to reveal the reasons behind his decision.
Cameron tweeted “It feels weird to write this but after 19 years on the PSA World Tour, I'm done. What a ride it has been. Although I still love playing and competing I just don't have the motivation to train full-time anymore. I know the amount of training that needs to be done in order to compete with the best in the world and for the first time in my career I'd rather do other things. My priorities have changed. I have a young family I want to spend as much time as possible with and I have a coaching role I'd like to focus more on.
Cameron competed in 257 PSA tournaments over the course of his career, winning 289 of his 534 matches and came close to lifting a major title on two occasions, when he reached the finals of the 2015 Hong Kong Open and 2016 PSA World Tour Finals.
He continued “My best squash-specific memories over the years mainly involve playing for my country. Representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games and World Team Championships are top of the list, without a doubt. My run through to the 2015 Hong Kong Classic is up there as well as making the 2016 World Series Finals.”
As well as supporting Karakal throughout his career, Cameron also tasted success on the international scene, winning three Commonwealth Games gold medals, in addition to helping Australia to second place at the 2007 WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship.
Squash stars past and present have been quick to pay their tributes including England's Daryl Selby who said on Twitter: “Legend of squash and one of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet.” Germany's Simon Rosner added: “Happy retirement my friend. Well done on an amazing career.” World Champion Tarek Momen said: “Congrats on an amazing career Cam, a great player and an even greater guy. You’ll be truly missed on tour.” while Raneem El Welily said: “Wow we will miss you Pilley.”