Koukal Claims 12-Year Tour Record In Château-Arnoux
13 Jul 2015
Czech squash star Jan Koukal became the first PSA World Tour player to record a 12th successive year of title success when he won the Open Squash Provence Château-Arnoux in France.
Second seed in the PSA M5 event in its third year at Squash Moyenne Durance in Château-Arnoux, world No.148 Koukal battled back from 2/1 down to beat English favourite Chris Fuller 11-8, 8-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7 in the final
It was the Prague-based 32-year-old's first Tour title success of 2015 - which extended a remarkable run in which the former world No.49 has won Tour titles each year since 2004.
It was in January 2003 that the then 19-year-old Koukal reached his first final at the Rocafort Open in Spain, where he finished as runner-up.
On home soil just over a year later, Koukal upset the event's top two seeds to clinch his first title at the Czech Open in Prague.
The country's highest-ranked player of all-time has gone on to make 56 final appearances and secure 32 titles. The success puts Koukal in fourth place in the list of title winners on the current PSA Tour, behind Ramy Ashour (36), Nick Matthew (33) and Amr Shabana (33).