The 31-year-old Malaysian, who has occupied the No.1 position for 106 consecutive months since January 2006, is in Zagreb with Spanish squash player Borja Golán, who was a former men’s world number 5. The pair will play an exhibition match for the Croatian public at the FirstFitness & SquashTower on Monday afternoon.
David and Golán arrived on Sunday and were immediately taken to sample some Croatian cuisine. The pair had an early start on Monday, filming for breakfast television show Good Morning, Croatia, before they headed off to meet the President of the Croatian Olympic Committee, Zlatko Mateša. The international squash federation is pushing for the game to be included in the Olympic Games in 2020.
David also had a chance encounter on the streets of Zagreb with a lady who went to school with her dad in Malaysia.
David, who has won the World Open title a record 8 times, as well as the British Open title 5 times, was honoured with the Order of Merit in her country.
David was also invited to carry the Olympic torch for Malaysia during the build up to the Athens Olympics in 2004 and being appointed as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Malaysia. (photos: Croatian Squash Federation)