Geoffrey Brian ("Geoff") Hunt, MBE (born 11 March 1947, in Melbourne, Australia), is a retired Australian squash player who is widely considered to be one of the greatest squash players in history.
He was ranked the World No.1 squash player from 1975 to 1980. He won the World Open title four times. He was the event's inaugural champion, winning the competition on the first four occasions it was held (1976, 1977, 1979 and 1980). He also won the International Amateur Individual Championship three times (1967, 1969, and 1971), and the British Open (which was considered to be the effective world championship event involving both amateurs and professionals before the World Open began) eight times between 1969 and 1981. Hunt won 178 of the 215 tournaments he contested during his career.
Hunt won the Australian Junior Championship in 1963, and he first won the Australian Amateur Men's Championship in 1965.
Hunt was known for having great determination. He ultimately suffered back problems, which curtailed his career.
After retiring as a player, Hunt served as the Head Squash Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1985–2003, where he helped develop a new generation of Australian squash stars.
Hunt has been inducted into the World Squash Federation Hall of Fame and the Australian Sport Hall of Fame.
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