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.
I am watching a match between Jonathon Power and Peter Nicol on www.psasquashtv.com and am inspired by Jonathon's play. He uses all 4 corners of the court beautifully to stretch his opponent out. What I find truly incredible to watch though is his use of deception in the front corners. Even watching the match on the computer it is difficult to figure out what shot he is going to play. There are really three things I believe that made him so hard to read at the front court. His body position, racquet preparation and how good he was at hitting the various shots.
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.
David Palmer has been a fixture on the PSA tour for years and managed to maintain a top 10 ranking for over 10 straight years. He bridged generations of squash. He entered the top 10 near the end of Jansher Khan's career when Peter Nicol and Jonathon Power were the dominant players on tour. When he announced his retirement Nick Matthew and Ramy Ashour are now the dominant forces on tour. He finished his career ranked 10th in the world. He achieved nearly every major milestone in his lengthy career. He reached #1 in the world on 2 occasions, he won 2 World Opens and 4 British Opens.
Shahier Razik has been the #1 Squash player in Canada for a number of years now. With the retirement of Jonathan Power in 2006 Shahier has consistently been the best player in Canada.
I love watching Shahier play. Why, because he plays a type of game that we can all strive for. He certainly is extremely talented and can hit amazing shots but what impresses me most about his game is his efficiency on court, his patience and his work ethic.