NZ place at last for squash player
But first he wants rest
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.