Nottingham’s Declan James has been named Player of the Month by both Squash Player magazine and the PSA, after enjoying the best four weeks of his professional career in June.

The 22-year-old won the $10,000 Christchurch International Open and finished runner-up in the $15,000 New Zealand International Classic to climb to a career-best 56th in the men’s world rankings.

James felt the upturn in results had been due to a combination of the work he has been doing and the help of those around him – including rugby league legend Ellery Hanley, coach Phil Whitlock and ESR assistant national coach David Campion.

“With the help of my coach and England Squash we’ve been able to clearly outline what I had to improve on and I’ve focused and worked hard on doing that, allowing the ranking and match wins to follow, instead of focusing too much on the present,” said the British under-23 champion.

“I’m a believer that if you think too objectively, it can detract from the bigger picture and what will make you a better version of yourself.

“I’ve also had the great honour of being mentored by Ellery Hanley in the last year or so and the things I’ve learned from him on the mental side of the game have no doubt had a large impact.”

from England Squash & Racketball – News http://ift.tt/1GMLUE2