Stafford climbs up world rankings

Squash ace Cameron Stafford has risen to No. 173 in the latest world rankings after playing in a tournament in New York.  

Although the 22-year-old Caymanian lost in the quarterfinals to top seed Asyraf Azan 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 13-11, reaching that stage at the Rochester Pro-Am earned him his highest ranking to date.  

Stafford, who is coached by former world No. 7 Mark Chaloner, is looking forward to competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in July with the Cayman team and will play in the doubles as well as the singles tournaments.  

“We will be playing top teams from places like England, Scotland and India and I’ll have to get my fitness higher just to be competitive,” he said. 

“We’re all excited. We don’t know who will be pairing up with who yet, but I’m quite happy to be representing my country.” 

Squash is not an Olympic sport so this is the biggest Games Stafford will get a chance to compete in.  

“All we can do is to keep raising our level, just go out there and compete and show them what we’ve got,” he said.  

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Cameron Stafford is looking forward to the Commonwealth Games. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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