Squash: Back on the professional circuit after Commonwealth ‘break’

James Willstrop

James Willstrop

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Usually there is a fairly long training spell during summer months but this was curtailed somewhat for those in Glasgow.

After such a mammoth occasion the body and mind take a hit. It’s hard to know where to pick up again, and so the last week or two have been spent recovering and steadily resuming training.

Few tournaments have the impact the Commonwealths do, and it seems strange to be starting the PSA tour again, where we reacquaint with players from outside the Commonwealth, such as Egypt and France, who are strong but who have not been part of the occasion. It’s almost unjust that some of the best players in the world have missed out on one of the greatest events in the sport’s history. Many of the players in fact have no idea what it’s all about.

The first phase begins in the Far East this week, Kuala Lumpur initially, for the Malaysian Open.

Following this comes a powerhouse event on the PSA tour, the Hong Kong Open. One of my favourites.

Early September we are set for Shanghai, and all involved with the professional tours of squash are thrilled to be seeing action in China, a nation which strangely has an unremarkable association with squash.

Last weekend was our warm-up tournament in Cleethorpes. I played my doubles partner Daryl Selby in the final and sneaked a 3-2 win. The matches were well timed, and gave the lungs and legs a good shock.

Hong Kong will be streamed live on psasquashtv.com from August 26.

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