Pilley slides down in rankings
SQUASH: Australia's highest ranked men's squash player, Yamba born Cameron Pilley, has slid down six places ahead of the Tournament of Champions squash titles in New York City next week.
Now in 18th place in the world, he is one ahead of fellow Australian Ryan Cuskelly in the January rankings.
The Commonwealth games gold medalist was ranked a career high 11th in 2011.
Pilley was recently home in Yamba where he took on challengers in round robin contests at Yamba Squash Centre, as well as trying his hand at some table tennis.
Pilley's mother Sue said her son and his wife Line Hansen, who is also on the PSA World Tour, used their time in Yamba to train for the Tournament of Champions, which is held in a glass squash court in New York City's Grand Central Terminal.
Fellow Yamba product Donna Urquhart will also be on the draw at the Tournament of Champions, and faces American Amanda Sobhy in the first round.
The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is one of eight World Series events sanctioned by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and one of only three to offer equal prize money and draw size for both men and women. It is the only PSA World Series event to have been staged in the same venue for two decades.
"The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions sets the stage for dramatic action unlike any other venue, giving players the opportunity to showcase their talents in majestic Vanderbilt Hall in front of the largest and most enthusiastic crowds in our sport,” tournament promoter John Nimich said.
"Players always bring their a-game to this competition, which has long been the players' favourite venue.”