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Illness Robbed Marshall Of Crowning Glory

Thursday 11 April 2019


From Bermuda newspaper The Royal Gazette:


Peter Marshall
Unmistakable technique: Peter Marshall demonstrates
his unique double-handed playing style during the
Randall & Quilter Legends of Squash tournament at the
Bermuda Squash Racquets Association in Devonshire
taking place this week.
(Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Illness robbed Marshall of crowning glory

By Sam Murley
April 10, 2019
© Copyright 2019 All rights reserved.

At the age of just 23 Peter Marshall was on the cusp of achieving everything he had strived towards within squash, when it was all cruelly taken away from him.

With his unique double-handed playing style and unmatchable fitness levels on court, England’s Marshall was undoubtedly the main contender to displace the aging and iconic Pakistani champion Jansher Khan as world No 1, having finished as runner-up to the great Khan at the World Open in 1994 and the British Open the following year.

However, in 1995, Marshall was afflicted with glandular fever, which he was later to be told had developed into chronic fatigue syndrome, an illness with no treatment and no known cure.

Worse still, the world No 1 in waiting was told he had to give up squash, initially for a year, but faced the very real possibility of never playing competitively again.

“I was world No 2 at only 23 and the top player in the world Jansher Khan was on his way down at that stage,” said Marshall, who went from the elation of victories on court to the despair of being too weak to walk across a room. “Arguably, all I had to really do was keep fit and maintain my form and I probably would have taken that spot; in essence I was the world No 1 in waiting.

“Being that close, to then not being able to play, knowing you were so close, was mentally and physically incredibly tough.

“I was on the cusp of everything I had worked for and it was taking away, which at that age I couldn’t really deal with.”

In a cruel twist of fate, Marshall’s gruelling fitness regime, that had made him such a dominant force on court, also played a part in his decline off of it.


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