We are very excited to announce that Mike McCue, an up and coming PSA Tour player will be blogging for Control the ‘T’ Sports. Mike has been playing squash since the age of 10 and is currently 18-years old. He finished his junior career as the #2 ranked player in Canada. His current ranking on the PSA Tour is #234. Mike trains under Jamie Hickox and Jamie Nichols at the National Squash Academy in Toronto.
Mike’s posts will focus on squash from the perspective of someone that is turning professional and trying to make it on the PSA Tour. You can expect posts from Mike focusing on his training, training tips for other players, life as an up and comer on the PSA Tour, coverage of tournaments he plays in and other topics related to squash. We hope you enjoy his posts!
Gilly Lane today announced his retirement from the PSA Tour due to injury.
Back injuries are a very difficult injury to recover from. I have been fortunate to have never hurt myself as seriously as Gilly obviously has. I have suffered one back injury playing squash that was incredibly painful but I was extremely lucky that I recovered from it quickly.
Gilly Lane made the announcement on his Facebook page today stating “It’s been a tough couple months struggling with this back problem and today is even tougher. I have decided to retire from the PSA Tour due to the injury I suffered in July. I think the time is right to begin to pursue other avenues and start the next phase of my life. I want to thank Tommy Berden, Lucas Buit, Floris Minnaert, John White, Natalie Grinham for their coaching and constant support. Thanks to US Squash for their backing and efforts to put us in the right position to succeed. Also LJ Anjema and Cameron Pilley for being great friends and role models and my parents and family for their endearing support. It wouldn’t have been possible without my family and I owe them everything.”
On Twitter Gilly tweeted the following “Tough day as I have decided to retire from the PSA Tour. My injury has not healed in the manner I wanted it to and it’s time to move on.” He then tweeted “Looking forward to the next phase in my life.”
Good luck in the next phase of your life Gilly.
James Willstrop is on quite a roll. He has won his last two tournaments and has moved to #2 in the world. This is the 2nd time that James has reached #2 in the world. With a win in India this next week he could move to #1.
The 2012 season is really looking interesting. Hopefully Nick Matthew and Ramy Ashour will be back and injury free. Can James Willstrop reach and possibly even maintain a #1 position with these 2 playing injury free? His current run has not included victories over either of them. With the form that Willstrop has shown it seems possible though. The control with which he has been playing has been astounding. He is moving the ball around the court with astounding precision and giving his opponents so few opportunities to attack.
I expect that Nick Matthew and Ramy Ashour are definitely going to push James harder than he has been pushed in his last couple of tournaments. Ramy’s attack will no doubt be tough for James to counter. The intense physical pressure that Nick plays with will also prove difficult for James. It will be interesting if we can get all 3 of these players playing at the top of their game who will come out on top. Will James’ precision on court be enough to contain Ramy? Will it be enough to force Nick to let balls go past him to the back of the court to keep him from exterting his physical presence he normally does by playing so high on the ‘T’? I definitely look forward to watching and finding out!