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 #5: Ryan Cuskelly

Ryan Cuskelly 
Country    :   Australia
Age         :   29
HWR        :   13 (Sep 2016)
PSA titles 
:   14 (21 finals, 401 matches)

Quickies with Ryan
Where would you like to play a tournament if you could put the glass court anywhere in the world?

Sydney harbor would be pretty cool.
What title would you like to win the most?

World Open.
Snapchat or twitter?

Thai or Italian?

Golf or Tennis?

NFL or Aussie rules football?

I'm not that Americanized yet Australian rules football
Grand Central Station or the Pyramids ?

Grand Central

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?

When 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 professional career?

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 2015 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 be?

To be in the Olympics, which squash throughly deserves.

Who is the person you like to practise with the most and why?

I'd 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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