Laura Massaro Question & Answer

Laura Massaro Question & Answer
Laura Massaro talks with International Squash Magazine.
World No. 2 and British No. 1 Laura Massaro talks with International Squash Magazine.
Earliest sporting memory:
I remember being a young girl in 1992 and sitting with my Dad to watch Sally Gunnell compete in the 400m hurdles final at the Barcelona Olympics. She came in and won Gold and I remember thinking she was amazing. I loved watching her because she seemed so fit and strong with a real determination. At that point I thought being an athlete must be the greatest job in the world. I met Sally at the Sky sportswoman of the year awards and was completely star struck!
Sports watched:
I love to watch all sports, or at least most sports. I enjoy watching tennis, athletics and swimming but I also love to tune in and watch the darts and snooker. Especially the World Championships. I also like to watch a bit of cricket too, especially the Ashes!
Sports played:
At the moment I just play squash. It takes up most of my time. I also do a lot of yoga, mainly for my squash but I also really enjoy it and think i've become quite good at it. When I was younger I swam for Chorley Marlins and so still like to swim when I can. At school I was a bit of an all-rounder and played hockey, rounders and netball. I was definitely best at rounders because I could "slog it".
Why a life in sport, or if it hadn’t happened, what would you have done instead?
When I saw Sally Gunnell win that Gold it made me realise that being a professional athlete was something you could do instead of a job. Then sport became more on my radar. I was good at squash and so that's the sport I went with. I loved it because I would win more often than I would lose and that made me happy when I was younger! If it hadn't been squash I hope I would have played another sport professionally. I hope in some way I would still have been involved in sport. Maybe in a sport science role!
Toughest part of your sporting life:
There are a few tough parts of being a professional athlete. Missing friend’s weddings and birthdays because you're away travelling and playing. Losing matches is tough, especially when youe given it everything and tried your best. To be honest the big wins and titles make it all worthwhile. I have realised over my career that it's important to enjoy the wins because it makes the losses slightly easier to take.
Most memorable sporting moment:
Definitely winning the World Championships in Penang in 2014! It was the most nervous I have ever been for a squash match and I really felt like it was a big opportunity for me to get my name on the trophy. Somehow I kept my nerve and came out with the title. Most of the match was a blur though. It’s one of the proudest moments of my career.
Worst sporting moment:
Losing in Chicago in 2015. I had come off the back of a loss in the National's final against Sarah-Jane Perry and had felt exhausted. I didn't know why I was feeling so tired and when I went to Chicago and lost there I felt really down. Mainly because I didn't know what was going on. I took a break and felt a mental fog lift from me after a few weeks. I found my motivation to come back to training and improve. Knowing I wanted to carry on gave me momentum and determination and I went on to have my best season ever getting to World No1. It's important to remember that good things come from even the lowest moments.
Sporting heroes: Serena Williams and Sally Gunnell. Both Champions. Both determined!
Favourite venue and why:
I love playing the Tournament of Champions. Playing in Grand Central Station is an honour and a privilege. It’s an amazing iconic location and I will treasure the memories of playing there long after I have hung up my rackets.
Sporting event you would pay the most to see:
I would love to go to the US Open tennis and watch a night session there! The atmosphere and tennis always seems electric and I would like to witness it live!
And to miss:
I like almost all sports but I don't particularly enjoy Formula 1! It's probably because I don't appreciate the skill that goes into it and the tactics/technology involved. I still love to see Lewis Hamilton become World Champion though. It's great to see any British athlete dominate the world!
Question asked most often by the public:
Can you make a decent living from Squash?
And the answer:
Yes, thank you! Although I want to you make a decent living at what you do?! Haha
Greatest change you would like to see in the running of your sport:
I eventually hope to see our sport get an Olympics place. I feel we deserve it and I would love the youngsters of our game get an opportunity in the future to compete for Olympic gold. Hopefully it will happen....especially if the IOC realise that other sports don't hold the Olympics as their pinnacle like squash players certainly would!
How well is your sport covered in the media?
It can always be improved but overall I think it is getting better. I would love to see our amazing sport on TV more as I think all the squash athletes are professional, approachable and down to earth. I want the public to see us for who we are.
Sporting motto: Leave no stone unturned.
Who would you most like to invite to dinner and why? Serena Williams. She is an amazing champion and I would love to know how she carries on winning in a world where the pressure from sponsors, media and the sport are huge.
How important to your game is the wearing the right footwear? Making sure my feet are happy is the most important thing to me. Without my shoes I can't move as well as I would like. The ASICS shoes I wear are the best I have ever worn. They have great cushioning to protect my joints but are also light weight. The support is fantastic and they are extremely durable. I would recommend ASICS to any squash player out there. You will never go back to any other shoe!
Country: England
Date of Birth: 2/11/83
Place of Birth: Great Yarmouth, England
Place of Residence: Preston, England
Marital Status: Married
Highest World Ranking: No.1
PSA World Tour Titles: 18
PSA World Tour Finals: 38
Laura Massaro is an ASICS brand ambassador and sponsored player.
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