What age did you start playing and why?
I started playing squash when I was 8 years old, as a young
brother I have always wanted to do what my older brother did. I
just followed his footsteps pretty much everywhere.
Apart from on the squash court what makes you most happy?
I like to go for a walk on the day off, have a nice coffee and
What makes you unhappy?
Going on the squash court and feeling that I didn't enjoy it or
I didn't give 100% on court.
Which living person do you most admire?
Roger Federer, I think he's one of the greatest athletes of all
time. His comeback in the Australian open this year is something
that people will never forget.
You had a great tournament recently in Chicago, can you
identify any reasons why this event went so well?
A lot of reasons, I have been working hard the last couple of
months ... probably I haven't been getting the results that I
wanted but that didn't disappoint me. I think this season I have
learnt a lot, I was more relaxed during this tournament with my
game and I felt everything was finally coming together.
I felt working on my weaknesses made a big difference for me, it
was just a small attention to details that made the difference.
You beat your Brother in this event, which was clearly an
extremely emotional moment for both of you, can you sum up what
feelings you experienced just after the last shot?
Thinking about beating my older brother is a feeling that I
don't like ... Well it's a feeling that we both don't like and I
have always known the toughest time would be the first time.
It's a tough feeling because I have always said that I'm so
thankful to the sport as it made my brother my best friend. We
share the same life and we have the same goals. We go through
the ups and downs together and I think it's enjoyable always.
On the camp with you, two areas we will be focusing on are
clean ball striking and ease
of movement - both of which you both do very well - can
you explain how this can help non-professional players as well?
I think the way you move on court helps a lot. Since I have
started working with Hadrian, we have been focusing on the
movement part of the game and how to be relaxed in your movement
that helps everything to come together after.
I think this has made a huge progress to my game; it made me go
to the ball early and create more options for me. You always
need to give yourself time before you play the ball as it gives
more options and makes it tough for your opponents.
You are also well know for you ability to play very
intelligently during the big points, is this something you can
Yes of course, I think this is a part of the mental side of the
game. But you learn from experiencing it. I think you have to
fail a few times to learn, be in this situation and see what you
did wrong and then do it better the next time.
Finally, tell us a secret ...
I will tell you in the camp.