Squash: Stung by post-match interview - Willstrop

James Willstrop.

James Willstrop.

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My Bundesliga team Paderborn lost to Worms Squash Club in the German Finals last Saturday.

In the deciding rubber our number two Simon Roesner had to win 3-0 against Jens Schoor, a big ask. Schoor won the third game before ring-leading a display of wild celebration I have rarely seen after a squash match.

Definitely the highlight of the weekend though was my immediate post-match interview with Nick Matthew. I lost 3-0 but enjoyed the match and the quality was solid.

The tournament MC decided not to dwell on such positive aspects but instead reminded me, as I crouched to take in air, that out of our last 345 encounters I had won pretty much none.

Ouch! Hit me where it hurts! It was a stinging, elongated speech, even to the point where Nick himself intervened: “Ask him a question then!”

I had to take my hat off to him for displaying a great ability to gather online statistics that are already well known. To be fair he had probably not seen much squash judging by his comments and the timing of them.

I’m not quite sure where interviewers are coming from when they ask or state such things at such times. What really rankles is that most can have no idea what it could be like, or what it takes to play world level squash, against a player as accomplished as Nick.

Until the next dreary statement or question is thrown at me, I’ll go off and prepare, so that I have the fleet of thought to hit back with a quick-witted Brian Clough-like response!