Binnie aims at world top 10
Top-ranked Jamaican squash player Chris Binnie has set a tough new target for himself.
Now well on the way to be among the top 50 players in the world, Binnie is setting his sights on being among the top 10. The new challenge is based on his agenda to achieve his first target within six months, after becoming number 77 in the global standings for July, climbing from 93 last November; and 131 in October of 2013.
"It has been a good year for me," he said, "and I am expecting my global ranking to continue improving."
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) ranks the world's best players, and the top 50 players form an elite group who travel the world competing in the major events. Within that group, the top ten form an inner core, with participants who play at the very highest levels.
"My goal is to get into the 60s by the end of this year, and into the 50s in the world rankings by January," he said.
"Beyond that, I am working to get to the top."
The highest PSA-ranked player in the Caribbean, Binnie won a record-breaking seventh Caribbean Area Squash Association's Senior Men's Championship title in Trinidad and Tobago on August 10.
"It is a heavy load. Apart from the strength training, I am doing a lot of running and trying to improve my fitness," Binnie said.
At age 27, Binnie is just entering the period when his performance is expected to peak in the sport.
"The training is difficult and I am trying to maintain a balance in developing my conditioning," he said, before adding, "I am enjoying it. I love squash."