At the end of another season, the PSA’s Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2018/19 campaigns. Here he catches up with Scotland’s Alan Clyne.
The 2018-2019 season was a struggle for Scotland’s Alan Clyne at times, but the World No.47 believes that he found something in the second half of the season.
“I haven’t been playing the kind of squash that I’ve wanted to play this season,” Clyne admitted.
“In the latter half of the season I feel like I’ve regained more of my identity as a player which has resulted in better performances as the season has progressed.
“I’m hoping to build on that through the summer and into the start of next season.”
Clyne believes that his best performance of the season came at the European Team Championships, as Scotland beat France in the third/fourth playoff.
Scotland finished in the podium places for only the second time in the last 20 years, as they achieved a 3rd place finish, and a bronze medal, in Birmingham.
“My best performance was helping the Scotland team to a bronze medal winning all my matches 3-0 including a very important win over France,” he said.
“The representative events for my country are ones which I weight a lot of importance on so for my game to come together at that event was the most pleasing part.”
Clyne in action at the Black Ball Open
The Scot admitted that he has had the longest break of his senior squash career ahead of training for the new campaign, but he is happy to be back in action.
“I had a 3 week break after the British Open which is the longest time I’ve had away from the squash since probably the juniors,” the Scot admitted.
“The summer training block has started where I aim to build on my base strength and endurance and make a few technical adjustments which will look to add weapons to my game.”
The goals for the 2019-2020 season are simple for Clyne, focussing on the type of squash he wants to play.
“The main goal is to play to my strengths and produce some hard, disciplined, full-court squash,” he explained.
“Within that I want to enjoy the process of striving to achieve the best performances in all of my matches.”
Keep a look out for the next player’s review of the 2018-19 season in the coming days, as France’s Melissa Alves reviews her campaign.