WILLSTROP HAILS 'TOP NOTCH' NATIONALS
James Willstrop today congratulated England Squash and Racketball for staging a “top notch” National Championships over the years, describing last week’s tournament as “another success”.
Writing in his regular column in the Yorkshire Evening Post, this year’s runner-up said: "The 2014 Nationals was another success and, as always, it was a pleasure to be involved again.
“All in squash in Manchester and all at England Squash and Racketball are to be congratulated for building a top-notch event over the years.”
The world no.5 from Yorkshire said he was glad to make it to finals day again against Nick Matthew, adding: "He beat me 3/1 this time, but the quality of squash was high; not too much to be disappointed with.
“I have learnt lately to try and judge the performance over the result, and am disappointed not to win but always take pleasure if the quality of the output is high.”
The 2007 and 2008 champion also praised the quality of the Masters age-group events, which are played alongside the professional championships.
“Masters squash is as strong and therefore as tough as ever,” he wrote.
“How incredible that the O75 final was a 53-minute five-setter between Pat Kirton and Lance Kinder. A total of 53 minutes is a mighty long time to be playing squash continuously.”