The United States has sadly said goodbye to a legend of squash – two-time U.S. Open champion, three-time National Champion, eleven-time National Doubles Champion, and U.S. SQUASH Hall of Famer, Diehl Mateer. The 84 year old legend passed away at his home on Saturday.
Diehl Mateer, with his unmatched eleven national doubles titles, was one of the greatest doubles players the game has ever seen. With his classic Philadelphia backhand and indomitable determination, he was unstoppable on the left wall. He won his first doubles title as a senior at Haverford College with Hunter Lott, and went on to win titles with Cal McCracken, Dick Squires, John Hentz and Ralph Howe. He lost nine times in the finals, including twice with his son Gil (his boys Gil and Drew took five doubles titles in all, once together in 1986).
On the singles court, Mateer was equally formidable. He took two intercollegiate titles, won six Harry Cowles, six Gold Racquets, five Atlantic City Invitationals, and was the only amateur to win the prestigious U.S. Open title twice.
Mateer was recognized for his dedication and achievement in squash when he was inducted to the U.S. SQUASH Hall of Fame Class of 2000, and at this sad time we again acknowledge him and bid farewell to one of the greatest players in the history of squash in the United States.
National Champion 1954, 1956, 1960
National Doubles Champion 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1961,1962, 1965, 1966
U.S. Open Champion 1955, 1959