LJ Anjema retires

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Age: 33  Highest WR: 9  PSA Tournaments: 186  Matches: 453  Finals: 32  Titles: 12

28-Jun-16:
LJ lays down his racket                           
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After 15 years on the circuit, ten-time Dutch champion and the highest-ranked Dutchman of all time, Laurens Jan Anjema has called time on his professional squash career.

"After 15 years on the road and a very testing last season I've decided to quit my career as a professional squash player.

"It obviously hasn't been an easy decision for me, however, it's one I'm 100% at peace with. There's a fine line between heroically trying to achieve something or repeatedly banging your head against a wall.

"During last season I've experienced the latter too much. As an athlete I need to be honest with myself, and recognize when a comeback is no longer realistic. I've played eight tournaments during the last few months and have hardly seen any improvements in my results.

"My career would have always had a bad aftertaste, had I been forced into retirement after injury and loss of financial backing of the Dutch Olympic Committee.

"At least now I've given it a shot, and I have zero regrets about that!

"I've had a fantastic career, and experienced some very special moments, on as well as off-court."


VIDEO: LJ talks about his career and his retirement

Anjema now joins his sponsor, Hero Business Solutions, on an internship specialising in IT mediation.


LJ has been a great role model for the sport in our country as well as far beyond the borders. His dedication and professionalism has been inspiring and it has been a privilege to help him in his career after I retired from professional squash.

I will never forget the match he played against Greg Gaultier at the World Championship in Rotterdam in 2011.

The atmosphere in the New Luxor Theatre was electrifying and he nearly caused a huge upset in front of his home crowd.

I have no doubt that LJ will do extremely well in his life after (professional) squash.

He will probably need some time to figure out what exactly he wants to do in this next chapter, but knowing him it will be a guaranteed success.

  


Jun 2016 :
LJ Harrow Interview

First title: Rennes Open 2002    Last title: Indian Summer 2013


big LJ retirement feature in SquashLife (Dutch)
Dutch Nationals:  Champion in 2006-2014 and 2016 (10 titles)

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