May 22, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Julian Illingworth, who is considered to be the best Yale squash player ever, has been named the winner of the William Neely Mallory Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior male at Yale. The award was presented at the May 21 Class Day ceremonies.
The award citation reads, "William Neely Mallory Award, given to the senior man who on the field of play and in life at Yale best represents the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition." Illingworth's inspirational acts on the court made him the perfect choice for the award named after the Yale Class of 1924 athlete.
Illingworth, who fashioned a 33-6 dual match record while earning first-team All-Ivy and All-America honors all four years, was ranked among the top three collegians the last three winters.
The Portland, Ore., native became the first Bulldog to win the U.S. National Championship when he won the 2005 S.L. Green Division at the U.S. Open at Boston, a few weeks after finishing his junior season ranked second among collegiate players. He repeated as 2006 U.S. champion last March, but this time as a professional who could take the winner's prize.
Illingworth, a Berkeley College resident, began his Yale career by taking both the U.S. Junior Open and the Price-Bullington Invitational for amateurs. In addition, the Bulldog star teamed with Trevor Rees '06 to take the trophy at the 2005 Intercollegiate Doubles Championships.
Illingworth's impact on the Yale squad was immense. He helped the Elis finish among the top five in the collegiate rankings all four winters, while many students and area squash fans packed the main court at the Brady Squash Center to watch his racquet wizardry and marathon stamina on the way to frustrating another top opponent.
Julian Thomas Illingworth is a political science major who attended Lincoln High School in Portland.
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Assistant AD & Sports Publicity Director