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Looking back - Geoff Hunt (Aus) 1978

Geoff Hunt at age 31 had won 5 World Titles

Geoff Hunt at age 31 had won 5 World Titles

Published: 18 May 2006 - 14:54 by rippa rit

Updated: 18 May 2006 - 21:30

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Here is another example of footwork in a static type pose I would say - well, Geoff does not look particularly ruffled in his attempt to play the ball!!
Geoff is 31 years of age in this photo, and was the current holder of the World Open title, having won the first World Amateur title in 1967.  The article goes on to say:
"Hunt's game is perhaps not overtly attractive as that of, for example, Qamar Zaman, Hiddy Jahan or Ahmed Safwat.  He is a player's player, a connoisseur's player, a crisply efficient match-winning craftsman.  His game is a fierce cocktail mixed from speed, power and precision.  The quickness of his reactions and his footwork is astounding.  He maintains pressure by taking the ball early and whacking the volleys exactly where he wants them to go.  He seeks to bury the ball to length, or into the cross-court nick.  He forces his opponent to scramble about in the back corners - then moves him up the court with a drop (played with the same action as his drives) or a "gut-ripper" boast."

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From rippa rit - 18 May 2006 - 21:30

Viper - I had spoken to him recently as I told you.  He is probably now in Qatar with his new appointment. He did speak at the Australia Squash Awards Dinner a few weeks ago.
When I asked about the decline of squash in Australia he was confident it would be looked after capably by Byron Davis and Rodney Martin.  About the standard, he said there are players coming through, but not in the same numbers.

Geoff is a very diplomatic person too remember.
It is unlikely we will be able to interview him - we have so much to do to this site yet and it all takes software etc. and time, etc.

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From Viper - 18 May 2006 - 17:27

Absolute champion.

A great pity we never hear or read of this mans thoughts on todays squash.

Does he write anywhere ? Is he ever asked for interviews I wonder ? Ray and Rita could you do me a favour and ask him for an interview, we could all pose a question or two.

I wish

 

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