Stafford likes upsetting Aussies

Squash ace Cameron Stafford is climbing up the pro charts rapidly in his first season, thanks to training hard and being busy on the international circuit.

The 20-year-old Caymanian is in Australia, honing his skills and using as much competition as possible to gain experience and climb up the world rankings.

Stafford recently competed in the Willoughby Open in Sydney and reached the quarter-finals, his second quarter-final appearance on the pro tour. Then he played in the NT Open in Alice Springs where he caused an upset by beating Japan’s No.1 Ben Harris in four tight games (11-2,11-7,8-11,11-6) in 50 minutes

He then lost to Reuben Phillips of England in a hard fought five game marathon (11-6,6-11,11-8,9-11,10-12) in 95 minutes.

“My next event was in Perth where I played Jamie McRae of Australia and lost another five game thriller (11-2,9-11,11-8,4-11,7-11) in 61 minutes,” said Stafford. “Overall, I’m happy with the way I’m playing taking some of the world’s best the distance, enjoying my squash and learning each day about the game.

“My next tournament is in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia where I’m up against Mike Corren, the world No.80 and No.1 seed for the event. After that I’m in Adelaide to play in two tournaments, the Barossa Valley Open where my first match is against a qualifier and in the South Australian Open in Adelaide.

“I just got the win of my novice career so far with another upset, beating Justin Beard, the world No.130 in four games t(13-11,11-8,6-11,13-11) in 60 minutes.

“I next played Tom Pashley and lost in three games.

“I’ve been here for five months now and I can see big changes in my game, I’m now heading back to Brisbane to train with Marc Forster (Australian Coach of the Year) before beginning the second half of the Australian tour in July heading to places like Melbourne, Hobart, Tasmania and Sydney again before returning back to the Cayman Islands to prepare for the Senior Caribbean Squash Championships in Trinidad & Tobago from 17-26 August.

“In September my next tournaments will be in Canada, Venezuela and Brazil. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with my career 
so far.”