WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR DOWNTIME?
"I like dancing. It's been a bit difficult to do so in recent months because a lot of places are closed but I love to dance and go to street-dance
classes—fun, basic ones, nothing too crazy. Perhaps I would eventually start TikTok with the foundation kids. Aside from that, I like doodling as it really gives me peace of mind, clears my head up and puts whatever I feel
at that moment onto paper."
WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT COMPETING PROFESSIONALLY?
"The excitement, the rush, the drive. But when you have played it for 20 years and competed
so much at such high levels all the time, that constant pressure and expectation really wear you down. At the end of my career, I really gave it all I got and I had nothing left to give. That rush doesn't seem to stay the same.
That edge you fight for every point, or hunger for the game, those things kind of lose their feel over time, so at the end of my career, I think that competitive side had left me and I was ready for a new adventure. I now don't
miss the competition so much but I've always loved the challenge."
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF NATIONAL SQUASH NOW THAT YOU'RE NOT COMPETING?
"The players that are
upcoming right now are really promising. We have some players that are studying in the US at Cornell University, and also in Bristol, England, and they are the ones that are really striving to be our best players in the future.
We also have amazing juniors coming through, winning junior tournaments overseas as well. They come by default because the development of squash is continuously growing. We just hope that we give them the right guidance and
know-how for them to pursue further in squash and that they want to be champions for themselves."
IS THERE A MESSAGE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE YOUTH REGARDING TIME MANAGEMENT?
"With time management, it's all about understanding how to plan out your daily and weekly schedules. Putting a priority on your work, but also making a little bit of time for leisure and play. Overall, it's making sure that
those plans are geared up towards what you want to do and what you want to achieve—that's how you can manage time so much better."