Age : 29
HWR : 13
PSA titles : 14 (21 finals, 401 matches)
How did you get into squash?
I got into squash when I was 8 because of my parents played
volleyball and a little squash up at the local club.
What made you want to make the sport your profession?
I was about 16 I realized I could go professional as I was
number two in Australia and had seen other Australians that were
ranked one or two go to the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport),
so I realized I had a chance to make it if I kept improving.
How did you get involved with team Harrow?
I tried the vapor a few years ago when I wasn't sponsored by
harrow and I really liked it so I actually started using it when
I was wasn't sponsored by anyone.
The brand is big in Greenwich where I live, so I can just go
down the road to the office and chat with Mark Hayden (CEO) and
John Burke (international sales) about new gear and the product
etc. Also it's very easy access to the gear so it's a perfect
fit for me and I really enjoy being part of team Harrow.
How has being a member of Team Harrow helped you in your
Since I have used harrow I have moved from 46 in the world to 13
in 18 months so I would say that was a pretty good move and it's
definitely a lot to do with the racket I am using.
What racquet do you use and why?
I use the Vapor because it has the best feel but also
good power and is a perfect all round racket.
What is tougher, traveling or training?
I would say training, even though I'm dying at the moment from
jet lag from Hong Kong!
What has been the highlight in your career so far?
The highlight of my career would be coming from qualifying in
Qatar classic to making the semi finals while knocking
off a few top 10 players on the way.
If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it
To be in the Olympics, which squash throughly deserves.
Who is the person you like to practise with the most and why?
say my coach Rod Martin as I am learning all the time
even know he has coached me for 10 years.
After each tournament win or lose he always has something that I
need to work on which keeps me motivated.
What is your favourite tournament?
My favourite tournament is a tough one - obviously TOC
because I live just outside Nyc so I have a lot of friends come
to watch and the venue is the best we have so its a great
atmosphere to play in.
But the Motor City Open in Detroit would be the all round
favorite as it has everything great people, great food, they
look after the players, love there squash and always a hilarious
dress up party every year.
Thanks Ryan, and good luck for the rest of the 2016/17 season ...
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