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Alasdair Prott

Lockerbie Challenge Preview: Prott Focusing On Improvements

The Lockerbie Challenge gets underway on Wednesday afternoon, with 24 players aiming to take home the title at Lockerbie Squash Club come Sunday afternoon.

The Challenger 5 level men’s tournament will see players from four nations take part, with the English duo of Nick Wall and Curtis Malik as the top seeds for the five-day event.

India’s Abhay Singh and Aadit Zaveri will be the only non-Brits in the field, and will be joined in the top eight seeds by the English trio of Anthony Royal, Perry Malik and Hasnaat Farooqi.

There will be eight Scottish players in action on home soil in Lockerbie this week, with No.7 seed Alasdair Prott as the highest-ranked in the draw, and leading the charge for the nation.

We spoke to the Scot ahead of the Challenger 5 level tournament, and he believes that he is constantly improving as time goes on.

“I currently feel like I’m playing well and making improvements to my game, starting to edge closer to the level I want to be playing at,” the Scot explained.

“I think in my first proper year on tour, I’ve realised that you get to play a wider variety of players especially compared to the junior circuit which I’ve enjoyed.

“Also in the first year simply testing myself and my ability against some of the higher ranked players has helped a lot and allowed me to discover other potential areas of development to work on.”

Prott is now the World No.204, having moved into that position in the World Rankings at the start of the month. It is his highest ranking to date, and he will be the leading Scot in this week’s tournament, both of which he is excited about.

“It’s certainly a nice feeling being the leading Scot in the Lockerbie draw, I think recently I’ve started to enjoy the run up to tournaments a lot more compared to before where I’d be pretty nervous. I’ve managed to settle these nerves and just look forward to playing which makes the process a lot more enjoyable!” Prott said.

“I’m really happy with the progress of my ranking since summer time where I’ve jumped a couple hundred places. I think from here I’m focussing on improving my game and reaching the level I want to be playing at. I think with this the rankings and results will start to come.”

The event takes place from Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 December at the Lockerbie Squash Club in Scotland, where Alasdair Prott will be the leading Scot at the tournament. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

Action from Lockerbie will be streamed throughout the week on the PSA Challenger Tour YouTube channel, where you can watch Challenger Tour action, and interviews with rising stars.

First Round Draw: Lockerbie Challenge
[1] Nick Wall (ENG) – [Bye]
Albeer Mehmood (SCO) v [9/16] James Wilkinson (ENG)
[9/16] Lewis Doughty (ENG) v Josh Rowley (ENG)
[7] Alasdair Prott (SCO) – [Bye]
[8] Hasnaat Farooqi (ENG) – [Bye]
[WC] Andrew Glen (SCO) v [9/16] Carlton Oldham (ENG)
[9/16] Will Salter (ENG) v [WC] Martin Ross (SCO)
[4] Aadit Zaveri (IND) – [Bye]
[3] Abhay Singh (IND) – [Bye]
[WC] Ben Hetherington (ENG) v [9/16] Chris Leiper (SCO)
[9/16] Owain Taylor (WAL) v James Singh (SCO)
[6] Perry Malik (ENG) – [Bye]
[5] Anthony Rogal (ENG) – [Bye]
Fraser Steven (SCO) v [9/16] Aaron Allpress (ENG)
[9/16] Nick Ratnarajah (ENG) v [WC] John Meehan (SCO)
[2] Curtis Malik (ENG) – [Bye]

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