Hong Kong’s World No.21 Leo Au has announced his immediate retirement from professional squash.
Au, 30, had a successful international career with Hong Kong, winning a gold and a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, as well as two bronze medals in 2010 and 2014.
He was also part of the Hong Kong team which claimed their first ever bronze medal at the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championships in Marseille, France three years ago.
Au reached a career-high World Ranking of No.20 in July 2018 and won 11 PSA Tour titles from 20 finals in a career spanning 16 years. Au’s final PSA Tour title win came at the QSF Open in Doha, Qatar in July, 2019
He competed in 344 matches on the PSA Tour, winning 203 of them, and his retirement follows closely behind that of his older sister, Annie, who announced her retirement from the sport in March of this year.
Alongside his title haul, Au also has the distinction of competing in – and winning – the longest professional squash match of all time, beating Canada’s Shawn Delierre in a gladiatorial 170-minute battle at the 2015 Gas City Pro-Am, which eclipsed the previous record set by the legendary Jahangir Khan and Gamal Awad in 1983.
Incredibly, Au battled to victory in the final less than 24 hours later, beating Malaysia’s Muhd Asyraf Azan 3-2 in 85 minutes to complete a remarkable week for the man from Hong Kong.
“I would like to thank everyone who has given me support, guidance and reassurance in my squash career, and also my sponsors for their generous support,” said Au.
“Without any of them, I wouldn’t have been able to pursue my dream. Squash took me on a miracle journey and brought me a lot of memories. The 2017/18 season is special for me as there were quite a few ‘firsts’ that happened.
“It started with the bronze medal at the Men’s World Team Championships, and a few months later we had another breakthrough in a team event which was being the winner in Asian Team Championship. Following that, my World Ranking got into the top 20 for the first time, and I captured the first gold medal in the men’s singles at the Asian Games for Hong Kong.
“I really enjoyed playing on the tour and have been playing as a full-time squash player for 10 years. Although I hope I can stay longer on the tour, I think it’s time for me to look for my next journey. I wish everyone all the best and hope they are staying healthy.”