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Published: 01 Feb 2007 - 08:18 by rippa rit

Updated: 02 Feb 2007 - 07:01

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Just a word of encouragement to those players who have just started their squash career.
To-day Natalie Grinham has been ranked number two in the World Rankings, and off hand I think she is now around 27/28 years old.
Her squash career has not really been quite the same as other top players in that she did not commit to squash until she was about 15 years old (which would be considered late in today's standard, eg Ramy Ashour has reached this point at 19 years of age.)
Natalie just played other sports, and followed her sister about and then started to join in the action much later. 
So, that is 12 years of serious work to reach this pinnacle.  That is probably a realistic time frame to reach a high standard attained by continually refining the skills and training methods. 

Yes, she did have the necessary attributes which is a good help, eg agility, good temperament, hand-eye coordination, determination.

Just keep banging away, stay curious about your playing pathway, keep changing a few things around, listen to wise people, watch better players....have fun too, and the rest is quite irrelevant.

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From rippa rit - 02 Feb 2007 - 07:01

Yep, I would say most of the top players will not keep playing once they retire, and of course would not want to lose their reputation by doing Masters, so you will be safe I reckon
Mind you by the time these players are 35 they will have played as much squash as the majority of Master's O/60's players anyway.

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From gregzilla - 02 Feb 2007 - 04:08

Ok, lets see.  33 now, started playing squash at 30. 
If I play Jonathon Power in the over-85 division, that will be 55 years of squash for me and ~79 years for him, hardly any difference between us ;).

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From rippa rit - 01 Feb 2007 - 20:57

She just took it more seriously when she realised that she was not that far behind the others I think, who actually were serious, although she lacked experience at that point too.

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From adam_pberes - 01 Feb 2007 - 17:21

When You say she didn't commit till she was 15, what do you mean by commit? like she actually was going to realise about going pro? or she just took it mores seriously?

 

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Thanks so much Rita! I am headed to the courts now for practice - and am taking this print out

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