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04/08/2004
US Junior Team prepares for Islamabad

The US Junior National Squash team is in the final stages of preparation for August's World Junior Team and Individual Championships ...

The tournament takes place in Islamabad, Pakistan August 17-28 at the brand new Mushaf Squash Complex. The first week is the Individual Tournament where all entrants play it out for the Individual Title. The second week is the Team Event where the US Team hopes to dramatically improve on its 8th place finish in 2002.

The team just returned from a successful trip to play in the German and Dutch Opens. They are currently practicing at their various home clubs leading up to the team's departure on August 12th. The team will have 4 days of practice in Islamabad while they are acclimating to Pakistan's climate and time zone right before the start of the event.

The US Team (listed alphabetically):

Garnett Booth- finished 3rd at the US Jr Nationals this year and had a very successful Freshman campaign at Harvard.

Christopher Gordon- Current US National Champion and a 9/16 seed in the Individual Draw at the World Championships

Joe Raho- former US U13 and U15 champion

Suleyman Saleem- will play at Upenn next year

The Coaches

Mike Callaway- Head Coach: Westchester Squash Manager and Coaching Professional; USSRA Junior Squads Assistant Director; SRA Level IV Coach; England Junior National Team Assistant Coach; World Class High Performance Coach

Chris Smith- Assistant Coach- Director of Squash at SquashBusters, four-year letter winner at Hobart College in Geneva, NY where he compiled at 47-26 individual record and captained the team his senior year. Currently ranked #248 in the Professional Squash Association.

Vijay Chitnis- Manager: USSRA Director of Junior Development, former Head Coach of the St. Lawrence University men's and women's squash program.

Chris Smith

   

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