NZ place at last for squash player

But first he wants rest

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Evan Wil­liams is look­ing for­ward to a rest.

The Tawa 21-year-old has been a fix­ture on the coun­try’s squash scene for some time now and was fi­nally re­warded for his en­deav­ours with se­lec­tion into the New Zealand men’s team af­ter the re­cent na­tion­als.

He is ranked four in New Zealand, 229 in the world (down from a high of 211 re­cently), and will travel to Ger­many later this month for the world team champs.

Al­though he has been on the cusp for some time, reg­u­larly ranked in­side the top 10 here, get­ting the call-up to New Zealand colours has al­ways been that ex­tra step away.

‘‘I guess I’ve been the next in line for the past two years and it’s been pretty dis­ap­point­ing that I haven’t pro­duced the re­sults to earn a spot. I wanted to get in the top four at na­tion­als this year to make sure of se­lec­tion, and I did that, so I’m pretty happy. When they called my name it truly felt right and now I’m here, I want to stay.’’

The south­paw de­scribes the world teams event as ‘‘the big­gest tour­na­ment of my life’’. New Zealand will be ranked some­where be­tween 14 and 20, so com­ing up against the lead­ing names in squash is very pos­si­ble.

‘‘It’s a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity to play the best play­ers in the world. I’m go­ing again,’’ Wil­liams says.

Fol­low­ing the rest, it will be back on to the squash cir­cuit, look­ing at fur­ther events in Aus­tralia, Europe and even USA early next year, which Wil­liams says is an emerg­ing nation in the sport.

‘‘ I think that’s where op­por­tu­ni­ties might lie for me, I’m al­ways on the look­out for spon­sor­ship and the chance to play in tour­na­ments with good prize money.’’

Tak­ing time: Tawa’s Evan Wil­liams has forced his way into the New Zealand se­nior squash team for the first time and has no in­ten­tion of re­lin­quish­ing his place. He is back in his home town briefly be­fore trav­el­ling to Europe for a ma­jor tour­na­ment.

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