When I was six years old, my uncle took me to a leisure centre and introduced me to squash as a hobby. I enjoyed playing, just as something fun to do. It got competitive when I was about 10. Through my teens it got more serious and I was playing all over the country and in Europe. When I was about 16, I was number 1 in England and I could see it might be something I could do full time. I turned pro at 18.
I love those days when everything clicks and falls into place. When you play from the subconscious. You feel you’re one with the racket. I love those times.
Winning is important of course. That’s what drives me. Working hard at something and reaping rewards. Anything you do, do it with purpose and meaning because when you see the results you’ll know it was worth it. Becoming world champion would be the ultimate success, but you have to enjoy all the other successes along the way too.
I love the big matches, the big occasions. Playing on the glass court against the ‘big’ guys. We go to amazing places and those big-match occasions remind me how lucky I am to do this for a living.
Winning the European junior championships was probably the most significant moment of my early years. But I got my first senior England cap at last year’s team championship and in December I reached the Quarter Finals of the Hong Kong Open, my first in a world series. Of course, being selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games was huge. That will be the biggest moment in my career.
I love those days when everything clicks and falls into place. When you play from the subconscious. You feel you’re one with the racket.
The hybrid frame shape gives you the optimum blend of power and control. As played by Declan James.View details
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