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Interview with Jonathon Power
May 4, 2004
by Ryan Barnett, SquashTalk Independent News Service © 2004 


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CANADIAN
STAR SET FOR SUPERSERIES IN LONDON

The Superseries takes place in Open
Air at London’s Broadgate Arena.
Photo © 2004 Ron Beck

Power’s off to jolly old
England.
It’s going to take
more than a pain in the butt to keep Jonathon Power from defending his
Super Series title. In a telephone interview Power confirmed that he will
fill the void left by the Anthony Ricketts withdrawal.

He says "I’ve pretty much decided
to go. My plane leaves early Saturday and I will arrive in England Sunday
morning."

After retiring in game one of his
semi-final match at last weeks Canadian National championship versus Viktor
Berg early reports pegged the injury as a bad leg/hip. Well it’s not his
leg that forced him out. "It’s my glutious medias" he said.
"As much as I hated to stop I knew that it was the smart thing to
do and now after four days of resting I’m feeling alot better and ready
to defend my title."

In the past Power has been accused
as viewing the Super Series as somewhat of an exhibition as there are
no PSA ranking points on the line. Using the words of Martin Heath "Only
pride and money."

He has been accused of not going
all out at this event. Having won it for the first time last year and
with a purse of $75K I’m thinking now that Power’s had a taste, he wants
some more. Also, and more importantly, it’s the competitor in Power pushing
himself to go when perhaps he could be resting up, getting fully healthy,
and focusing on the upcoming season.

"I really want to win it again.
Two in a row would be great. Look at the competition. There are no easy
matches. This is a tough tournament."

2004, SO FAR, YEAR IN REVIEW
Changing gears, and with the next major PSA tourney a few months away
I thought now was the perfect time to get Power to reflect on how things
have gone so far in 2004?

He says, "To be honest, it hasn’t
been that great" I’ve been struggling all season to get fit. My body
has been letting me down. I’ll play two really good matches in a row and
then won’t be 100% for my third. It’s been like that all year."

Well there have been a couple of
positives to draw on. Both Thierry Lincou and then John White briefly
held the #1 ranking and Power managed to defeat both of them? "Yeah
I guess that’s true I never really thought about it. I’ve just wanted
to stay healthy and be healthy and play like I can."

Here’s something else to ponder.
The PSA scoring change. Going away from the traditional PAR to 15 and
now going PAR to 11? Perhaps this could be just what the doctor ordered
to get Power back on track? "I think it’s great I
think it’s the right way to go. I believe it will cut down match times
by
15-20 minutes plus it fosters more of an attacking style game. You’re
still
going to see some attritional squash but you should begin to notice a
more
tactical game. Players trying to outwit each other by using more angles
and
being more creative. Good move by the PSA."

Speaking of the PSA. Another good move by Briars and Co.
was the
introduction of Live Streaming. Easy now, I believe we should all give
the
PSA an "A" for effort. Sure we couldn’t see the ball, the quality
was
crappy, the audio flaky and it took forever to get a feed established
during
the Tournament of Champions. But…but..it was a proactive move in an
attempt to do something positive for the sport of squash. Power agrees
and
adds, "It’s good that our association is looking at things like scoring
changes and live streaming to make the game more exciting and providing
more
exposure. That’s the way to go. Obviously it (Live Streaming) will get
better once we get a better feed. It’s the future of professional squash.
We’re moving in the right direction that’s for sure."

One thing that’s also for sure. The Super Series just
got alot more
interesting and for the spectators, more entertaining with Power in the
mix.
If only we could somehow squeeze in Palmer. Any suggestions?


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