Chris Walker at the British Open
last updated on: April 12, 2002 10:36
END OF PART ONE: THE INTERVAL
London April 11 2002 © 2002
Photos special to SquashTalk by Fritz Borchert, © 2002
Rests Up for the Quarter Final Battle with Peter Nicol
Having sneaked through to the quarter
finals this year by the skin of the skin of my teeth I, and the other
15 players in the draws, find ourselves with a rest day. I need it after
walking away with a 15-14 fifth game, hour and a half struggle with familiar
opponent Peter Genever.
To be honest I think that all the
players would agree with the fact that secretly we always relish a rest
day. It’s a chance to recover but also appreciate everything that has
been going on at the event – personally and at an organisational level.
So what do we do? Well, today we have
to travel up to Manchester (200 miles north of London) which will be a
large chunk of the day but at the same time we will be just quietly getting
prepared mentally for our next matches.
I will continue to consume as much
water as possible and at least twice as much Green Magic as my next opponent
Peter Nicol! Generally the day will be uneventful with the highlights
probably being a light practise for 30 minutes, two good square meals
with plenty of carbohydrates, perhaps a video or film and a reasonably
If we are in a foreign country then
maybe we’d venture out for an hour to get a taste of the local culture.
Jonathon Power and his wife, Seta, are heading back to London at the end
of the tournament to do just that.
But a rest day really means just
that…. a REST. Building up mental and physical reserves as much as possible
ready for the second half of the tournament and if you’re going to win
the event then it is going to be harder from the quarter finals onward.
So after the interval we are ready
for Part II. It is going to be fun playing at the Commonwealth Games facility
and all the players are looking forward to seeing what a few million pounds
can do in making a new and exciting venue.
But more of that when we get there!