90-Seconds With Anthony Ricketts

What was your welcome-to-professional squash moment?
I qualified for the first round of the 1997   British Open in Cardiff (which he lost to Mark Chaloner 3-0). That was my first big tournament on the Tour. I had just made the big move from Australia to England to start playing professionally.

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 2.54.20 PMIf I weren’t a squash player, I’d be…
A wannabe tennis player.

Favorite off-day activity?
Enjoying the beach in Australia. With my girlfriend of course (as girlfriend, Shelley Kitchen, was sitting next to him).

Your most embarrassing moment?
This interview (laughing). I try to avoid those situations as much as possible.

Your idol growing up?
I had mentors. Geoff Hunt and Rodney Martin were two very influential people in my career.

Favorite place to play a tournament?
Tournament of Champions in New York. Everyone is so enthusiastic and really appreciates the squash. It makes for a very lively, energetic environment. All the players feed off that.

If you were the director of the PSA for a day, what would you do?
Squash has got everything going for it at the moment because the guys traveling around the world now are so competitive. The guys in the second rounds are putting on matches worthy of the final, so I would get as many people as I can to see these matches on DVD.