11 POINTS WITH
Interview by ALAN
1: Paul, congratulations on receiving an upgrade ahead of
the qualifying competition and a place straight into the Canary
Wharf Squash Classic main draw.
How do you feel about playing James Willstrop in the first round
before a full house at the East Wintergarden on Tuesday night?
Very excited to play someone of Jamesís caliber. Itís obviously
a very tough match, with him being the home favourite. But I
love a challenge and I am looking forward to a good battle
2: You have already won one tournament in London so far,
triumphing in the London Open back in November. You had a
74-minute battle with Ben Coleman in the final. That must have
been some match.
Yes, that was a tough match. There were a lot of decisions in
that match, which always take up a bit of time. But Ben is a
good player so I was happy to come away with the win.
3: You also won the Australian Open Ė always a great thing
for a Kiwi to do. Beating Australian number one Cameron Pilley
in the final must have made it taste even sweeter. What did you
take from that win?
Winning the Australian Open was a huge confidence boost for me.
Knowing I can compete with a very solid top 20 player like
Cameron Pilley. And yes, winning on Australian soil is a very
nice feeling, Haha.
4: You have a reputation for being one of the best divers
on the PSA Tour. What was your favourite dive, and can we see it
Ha-ha, I'm not sure of my best dive. I don't like them, because
they hurt! I haven't had a lot of TV time but maybe at the
Commonwealth Games the doubles match against England there was a
fair bit of time with me on the ground!
5: What did you think of Mathieu Castagnetís dive and
chase against Daryl Selby in Chicago last week?
Hilarious. I just watched Daryl Selby the whole time. His
reaction is priceless! But Castagnetís dive and get has to be
the best of all time.
6: Letís delve into some personal territory. How often do
you and your girlfriend Nele Gils train together?
We train a lot together in the gym and on court. She's great.
She motivates me like no other, but also forces me to take rest
days which I sometimes forget to do...
7: And do you have a laundry rota for all the squash gear?
Ha-ha! We share the laundry load. Whoever is least tired from
training usually does the heavy lifting.
8: Iíve seen some video clips on Facebook of you lifting
some impressive weights. How much time do you spend in the gym?
9: Who are your main sponsors? Feel free to give them all
a nice mention.
Have just recently signed with Eye Rackets. Loving the gear and
rackets. Itís a top quality squash brand that I highly recommend
to any level squash player! Also Compressport Australia for my
compression gear. Top-of-the-line stuff!
10: How is squash performing back home in New Zealand? Do
you feel the sport is growing?
Squash is going okay back home. There's a lot of enthusiasm in
clubs and now we are seeing more and more PSA tournaments back
home, which is awesome to see!
11: How do you split your time between NZ and Europe?
This year most of my time is spent in Holland with my
girlfriend, but we are planning a trip back to NZ for the PSAs
and my nationals.
Thanks Paul. Looking forward to seeing some great squash,
and maybe the odd dive, at the East Wintergarden on Tuesday!