Zac Alexander 2016

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  Jul 2016:
 Zac aims to keep unbeaten run going ...
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.

Alexanderís 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.

"Iím getting there, itís a bit of a juggling act every week honestly,Ē he said after his latest win in the NSW Open.

"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 Iím feeling a bit more myself this season.

"Iíve 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 Iím keen to play."

If ever there was an example that one size does not fit all, then Alexander is it. But itís also a truism that if it isnít broken, donít try and fix it, and with six PSA titles in a row, thereís nothing broken about Alexanderís approach.

"Honestly, reading Iíve gone 11 months without losing is a little strange to read," he said.

"I guess after competing at a higher level than Iím currently playing helps, but still it hasnít been easy, thereís 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 August.

His form clearly puts him in contention, although the former world number 36, currently ranked 93rd, is not ready to talk about breaking Australiaís run of near misses at its premiere tournament.

"Win? Thatís a big call, the old clichť 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, NZís) Paul Coll, but that draw does definitely incentivise me to train harder.

"I donít want to be uncompetitive and I know my Ďsquashí on the day can be good enough, but heís playing fantastically well as weíve seen with his three recent wins in NZ and will no doubt be out to defend his title.

"Itíll just be my job to keep him honest early in the draw."

As many have learned in the past 12 months, Zac Alexanderís idea of 'keeping you honest' comes with a lethal sting.
 

Zac's winning run



Aug 15: Aussie Open (R2)
Aug 15: NSW Open (W)
Nov 15: Mackay Open (W)
Nov 15: Queensland Open (W)
May 16: NT Open (W)
May 16: City of Perth (W)
Jul 16: NSW Open (W)
Jul 16: Tasmanian Open
Aug 16: Australian Open

 

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