Get to know...Owain Taylor
Updated: Oct 3, 2019
How have you been able to manage the balance between playing pro squash & studying at Nottingham Uni?
During my undergraduate degree it was pretty hard as the contact time was as much as 35hrs a week. However as the years have progressed, my hours have gotten less so I've been able to fit in more sessions and gradually find a balance between studying, squash & socialising that works for me!
What was it like playing for your country in the European Team Championships in Birmingham this year earlier this year?
Always an honour to be able to play for your country, I love playing as part of a team. I felt I had a good tournament, only losing one match to Tom Richards the whole event.
A year ago you represented Nottingham at the World University Team Championships, what was this experience like for you?
Again an amazing experience, we were lucky enough to win the team event and be crowned World University Champions! It was nice to play an event on home soil, and although I only got to the the last 16 of the individuals, I felt like I was competing at a good level and won all the group games in the team event.
Biggest win to date?
Mahesh Mangaonkar in PSL last season.
What does a typical week of training look like for you?
I play leagues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. So I try to stay away from matches in practice, I also get coaching once a week and have uni training and s&c to fit in. My schedule changes weekly so it's hard to get a set routine but I aim for 10-11 sessions a week.
Any pre-match superstitions or routines?
I try to stay away from superstitions as I feel they can negatively affect my performance. I used to have to leave my racket in a certain place in between games but I gradually grew out of that.
Best advice given to you in between games?
That's a tough one. I think advice which is particular to the opponent you're playing is the most useful. There's nothing worse than coaches telling you to stop making errors. The best person was probably Nick Matthew in a PSL match a few years ago but I can't remember what he said!
Sporting idol outside of squash?
Roger Federer and Cristiano Ronaldo purely because they've been at the top for so long and their attitude outside of the sport is so good. Andre Agassi as well, I liked how he didn't feel the need to play conventional tennis and conform to what everyone else was doing.
What are your future goals for the season ahead & beyond?
My main goal at the moment is to make the Welsh Commonwealth Games team for Birmingham 2020-that would be a dream come true! Other than that I'm focussing on building my ranking and just trying to improve my game. I try not to get bogged down with results and stats too much as I feel it can be difficult mentally sometimes, as long as I'm improving in the right direction I'm happy.