Received a Tweet from @NationalSquash about the status of the National Squash Academy. The North American Junior Squash Championship just completed there and the video footage below is from the morning of the first day of the tournament. This great new facility is a fair ways from finished but it is well under way. It is great to see this progress from an announcement I read on www.squashtm.com to now having finished courts!
This squash season is off to a very exciting start! The first tournament of the season saw Nick Matthew win the tournament in a commanding fashion. The second tournament saw Ramy Ashour win in a great final against Gauthier and retake the #1 ranking!
These two definitely seemed to be at a different level currently than the other players in the field. It is going to be a great battle throughout this season for the #1 spot in the world.
I played golf for the first time two weekends ago and played extremely well. The reason? I was relaxed. I used to golf a fair amount and was always focused on the outcome and on getting better. I practiced a great deal and really wanted that work I put in to translate in to better scores on the course. In reality what happened was that while my game improved technically the pressure I put on myself for results created tension in my game which hurt my golf score. Why did I play well this last time I played? simply because I was not worried about the result as I had not been playing and was just out to enjoy myself and to catch up with a good friend.
About four hours a day, six days a week. This has altered over the years: I think when you’re younger you do a few stupid things which, these days, the body wouldn’t be able to cope with. Training smart not hard, with lots of recovery work and non-impact sessions such as getting in the pool if there’s little time between tournaments – this is my principle now. But I always have just the one day off a week. Possibly another half day depending on the schedule.
Are you on court every training day?
It’s pre-season now, so I’m not doing as much as I would be during the season, when I’ll be on court at least five days a week. Sometimes twice a day when I really want to sharpen things up. And that time will vary between drills with my coach, drills with a partner, solo practice – which is really important in squash – and match play.