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Binnie aiming for top 50 pro ranking

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Binnie

KINGSTON:

Jamaican squash star Chris Binnie is aiming to crack the top 50 of the Professional Squash Association's (PSA) rankings as he kicks off his fall season next week.

Coming off a successful summer, which saw him winning a recording-breaking 8th Caribbean championship and his 8th All-Jamaica title, Binnie is hungry for success in the international arena. The 28-year-old has set a target to move from his current ranking of 74 to the top 50 within the next six months.

"The plan is to improve my ranking and I'm aiming to be in the top 50 by next spring; after that, I'm going for the top 30 because I want to prove that Jamaican athletes can be the best in sports where we don't traditionally compete," Binnie said.

With three PSA titles to his credit, Binnie knows he'll have to get more wins in order to move up. As a result, his agenda includes an ambitious tournament schedule for the remaining months of 2017.

First up is the US Open, which gets under way on October 7 in Philadelphia. From there it's on to the White Oaks Court Classic Open in Canada, which kicks off on October 11, and then the Chicago Open in mid-October.

Then, all being well, the Jamaican number one should be part of the national team which will contest the 2017 World Squash Federation's Men's World Team Squash Championship in Marseille, France, from November 27 to December 3.

Binnie is quick to credit his sponsors for playing a pivotal role in his rise from 160 in 2015 to his current position in the top 70. The financial support enabled him to travel greater distances and play more tournaments, which has improved his ranking considerably.

However, more sponsorship support will be needed for his quest to reach the Top 50.

"On the PSA circuit, you improve your rankings by playing more tournaments and winning more matches," Binnie explained. "I could never have come this far if I didn't have the support of my sponsors, and now that I am aiming to improve my ranking, I am hoping to get even more support to take Jamaican squash to the next level."