Having recently finished his A levels, George has decided to take a year out to concentrate on squash. Now training six days a week he has already seen a dramatic improvement in his level of endurance which is essential for squash.
George recently entered the “Since 86”, tournament at Lee-on-Solent in the under 19 category.
In his first game he comfortably beat his opponent Andreas Bo 2-0, 11:5, 11:4.
His second round game against Harry Fisher proved to be a very challenging opponent. Fisher's volleying skills combined with pinpoint drop shots gave him an early advantage, winning the first game 11:6.
The second game was a fiercely fought contest with volleys being exchanged in quick succession followed by multiple dives to reach the ball. Having saved two match points George managed to take the second game 13:11.
The final game proved to be a war of attrition, with both of players beginning to feel the pain. After excruciatingly long rallies both players began to cramp up but neither would give in. After saving a further 3 match points George dug in again to win the final game 14:12, taking the match 2-1.
In the final match against Marc Chi Tsng it was relatively comfortable with George wining 11:4, 11:6 in a 2-0 straight sets victory giving George the title.
George’s current England Squash Ranking is 36 in the under19, but with this win he should be firmly in the low thirties next month. His aim is to reach the top twenty in the country but on this performance I see no reason why he should not make the top 10, considering the short time he has had with his new training program.