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14th July:
Having a famous father could be a double-edged sword - instant recognition, but a lot to live up to. Framboise met Joey, son of, at the British Open in November ...

From November 2004

Joey Barrington

Jonah Barrington


It must be sooooo boring to be constantly reminded that you are the son ofÖ

No, Iím pretty used to it now, and Iím very proud of the family name and of what my father achieved in squash.

Are you that different from you dad?

Well, spirit wise, I have a similar spirit to him, Iím quite strong, I never give up a match, like today for instance, I was 2/0 down and 7/2 down in the 3rd, and I managed to pull it through. Now, squash wise, he was a lefthander, Iím a right hander, and I think that athletically, I inherited more athletic abilities from my mother who used to be a very good runner. In terms of my game, it is very hard to compare because of the time that has now gone by, and the modifications with racquets and everything, so itís really hard to compare.

You know, my father is really open minded about squash, a lot of people say that he just coaches one way, and more on the physical side, which is a lot of rubbish, he is a very open minded person, and we try working on adapting to the new scoring as well, which is again a totally different way of playing the game.

With all that family history, why did you choose to play squash?

Well, I played for a year between the ages of 11 and 12, and then I gave up through all of my teenage period, I didnít play any competitive squash at all, and then I went to University and I got myself in quite a bad way through drinking and various other things. So I started playing a bit of squash just to kind of get my health back really, because I was down in the dumps, and I was playing just for general fitness, and then I picked it up very quickly and got very hooked on from playing. And then, after University, I committed to train as a pro, and thatís what Iíve been doing since.

So you like squash because it makes you fit?

No, itís just everything, itís the lifestyle, itís a great way of living. Iíve always been naturally very competitive, Iíve always enjoyed playing a lot of sports, football, hockey, athletics, Iíve always loved to compete. So itís a whole really, Iím living a healthy lifestyle because I play squash, I get to compete, I get to travel, and basically do a hobby which I enjoy for my job, which is what everyone would love to do, I imagine.

What about your match with Renan in the 1st round?

Well, all the players in the draw are difficult, every match is different and Iím very happy to be playing Renan. The fact that itís 12am is a bit difficult, as I had a pretty hard match today, I think it lasted 1 hour 30 minutes, but as I have been injured recently, I had a bit of time off so I think that the running today has done me more good than harm, so Iím very much looking forward to tomorrowÖ

And to finish, where do you see yourself going in the next 5 years?

I just want to be the best squash player I can be, and if that takes me to the highest level, fantastic, if it gets me just a bit higher, so be it, but itís just more of a test with myself, I want to see how far I can get, and how much I can get out of myself.
After the British Open Joey spent a few weeks on the world tour, literally, then returned to Nottingham in January 2005 for a  National League match ... Framboise was waiting ...


I have been training very hard. Iím happy to be back home after spending about six weeks away. I came back ten days ago, and Iím just starting to settle down.

I had a good think about my squash, and I have now a clear picture of the way I have to play intelligent, good, positive squash. I canít just  simply rely on my fitness to win matchesÖ

I have been training with David Pearson and my dad, and the combination of the two has been very beneficial. Iím enjoying my squash more now.

Today, I played solid squash. Iíve now recovered fully from my trips, and Iím ready to attack Chicago, then the TOC.

My goal was to start the year in the top 30. I havenít reached it, but Iím not too far away. Itís so hard to get in the top 30. Once youíre there, you are OK and can stay for a while, but itís very competitive and hard to get there.

I must say Iím happy I was at last asked to play for Wolves, as they havenít picked me all season, and although Iím top 40, I only played one National League match all year. So, I hope they are going to select me more oftenÖ

Joey Barrington

from November 2004