Paul Coll will be appearing at the World Tour Finals for the first time in his professional career, after a wonderful season which saw him reach a career-high World No.5 in April.
The New Zealander is looking forward to the event in Cairo next week, knowing that the last time he played with a best-of-three format was in London, where he did rather well.
“I have never played it [World Tour Finals] before so it is going to be new for me,” Coll admitted.
“However I did okay at Canary Wharf with the best-of-three format so I am looking forward to that again!”
The Kiwi went on to win the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic in March, claiming the biggest PSA World Tour title of his career in doing so.
Paul Coll with the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic trophy
He goes into the season-finale as the World No.6, having reached the semi finals of the Allam British Open in Hull last month. As one of the most physically fit players on the tour, Coll says he is feeling good going into Cairo.
“[I am] feeling really good, [and the] body is holding up which is the main thing,” he explained.
“I am coming off some good form at the British Open, so [I am] really excited to come to Cairo which I’m sure will be a very well run event!”
The Kiwi has been drawn against three Egyptians in his group for the World Tour Finals. World No.1 Ali Farag, former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, and World No.8 Mohamed Abouelghar will be his opponents in the group stages.
Despite it being the event that draws the curtain on the 2018-2019 season, Coll still thinks that it will be a competitive tournament, and not just a fun event.
“For me it’s still competitive for sure! It’s a tough event with the top 8 in the world playing so great way to prove yourself against the best!” Coll said.
After this six-day tournament in Cairo, the players will be looking forward to the off-season, and Coll is no different.
“It’s been a very good season for me have enjoyed it a lot but it has been very long and tough so looking forward to some family time and a bit of relaxing afterwards!” he admitted.