Unbeaten in almost a year and with six
consecutive PSA titles under his belt, Australia's Zac Alexander
is on a roll ... here's extracts of an
interview from Squash Australia.
Alexander’s dominance has surprised even himself, given he is
devoting more time to a new coaching role within Squash
Australia, which means less time on the training court.
getting there, it’s a bit of a juggling act every week
honestly,” he said after his latest win in the
"Full time job, coaching, fixture nights, gym work, rehab with
keeping my hip healthy and then finding time to switch off.
Access to family and friends has helped, being back home in
Brisbane, so I think I’m feeling a bit more myself this season.
"I’ve been conscious of actually not spending too much time on
court, which may not sound conducive to playing good squash, but
it keeps me fresh and when I arrive at an event I’m keen to
If ever there was an example that one size does not fit all,
then Alexander is it. But it’s also a truism that if it isn’t
broken, don’t try and fix it, and with six PSA titles in a row,
there’s nothing broken about Alexander’s approach.
"Honestly, reading I’ve gone 11 months without losing is a
little strange to read," he said.
"I guess after competing at a higher level than I’m currently
playing helps, but still it hasn’t been easy, there’s definitely
dangerous players around as I saw over the weekend.
"It took all my concentration, and some extra motivation you
could say, to get me through."
Zac's next event is the Tasmanian
Open, where he's top seed, followed by the
Australian Open in
His form clearly puts him in contention, although the former
world number 36, currently ranked 93rd, is not ready to talk
about breaking Australia’s run of near misses at its premiere
That’s a big call, the old cliché actually applies to me these
days, one match at a time," he said.
"If I get through the first round unscathed, I run into a road
block in the form of (defending champion, NZ’s) Paul Coll, but
that draw does definitely incentivise me to train harder.
"I don’t want to be uncompetitive and I know my ‘squash’ on the
day can be good enough, but he’s playing fantastically well as
we’ve seen with his three recent wins in NZ and will no doubt be
out to defend his title.
"It’ll just be my job to keep him honest early in the draw."
As many have learned in the past 12 months, Zac Alexander’s idea
of 'keeping you honest' comes with a lethal sting.
Zac's winning run
Aug 15: Aussie Open
Aug 15: NSW Open (W)
Nov 15: Mackay Open (W)
Nov 15: Queensland Open
May 16: NT Open (W)
May 16: City of Perth (W)
Jul 16: NSW Open (W)
Jul 16: Tasmanian Open
Aug 16: Australian Open