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‘A Day in the Life of a Professional Squash Player (Part 2)

Part Two… Time to move on!

I’m now in Philadelphia for the US open starting tomorrow. US squash have done an amazing job and the men and women have equal prize money for the first time. Great news and hopefully this can be the start of many. We are staying with a really nice family in the suburbs about 20mins from the club and it’s a lovely lovely area. Again a nice change from staying in a hotel and more of a homely feel.

So since losing last week at Carol Weymuller I sulked for a day or so and then realised that it was time to move on. You can’t dwell too much really especially with big tournaments coming up. You have to take some positives from losing as hard as that maybe to find them sometimes. Camille was playing really well and she got to the final so yes I could have played better but sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say your opponent played better on the day.

Move on!!

So we stayed in Brooklyn Heights for another 5 days and we went into Manhattan and went to see Romeo and Juliet on Broadway. I love going to shows and especially when Romeo was played by Orlando Bloom!!! New York is such a great city with so much to do that it’s a great place to hang out in. I think it’s important after a match to get some time away and clear your mind. It’s tough after losing and the last thing you want to do is stay around the club all day as that’s mentally tough. However I did make myself watch the matches the following day which was hard to do as I was desperate to be there playing!

So now I’m in a Philadelphia and it’s raining and cold and feels like home!!

First round I’m playing Aisling Blake from Ireland and we are playing on the glass court! I like playing on the glass courts as they are more rewarding! They take a good shot but at the same time they are punishing if you play a weak shot so you have to really make sure you are finding your length on their otherwise it can be a question of being made to do courts prints on there!!

Can’t wait to get playing now…

Keep posted for part three! 

Ali xx

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