SQUASH: Pilley confident ahead of Dubai
SQUASH: Yamba squash sensation Cameron Pilley said the chance to compete in front of the Burj Khalifa during the 2015/16 Dubai PSA World Series Finals will be inspiring him ahead of the last PSA World Series tournament of the season - this month's El Gouna International.
Pilley travels to Egypt holding the last qualification spot on the PSA Road To Dubai Standings but knows he will have to perform at his best to hold on to his chances of competing at the Finals, which brings together only the top eight players on the Road To Dubai Standings to compete for one of the most lucrative purses in the sport at $160,000.
"After seeing the pictures come out last week I have to say it looks absolutely amazing and it would be awesome to get a chance to play there," said Pilley.
"I've been close to reaching the World Series Finals before on a couple of occasions and I'm in contention at the moment so it would be a great achievement for me to get the chance to play in such a great location.
"The Burj Khalifa is iconic and having the court right in front of it looks spectacular so I'm looking forward to El Gouna to really push for a spot in that eight."
The Australian reached his first ever PSA World Series tournament final in December during the Hong Kong Open in the midst of his best ever form but has failed to progress beyond the second round of a major tournament since. However, the 33-year-old is keen to avoid any pressure ahead of a crunch week in El Gouna.
"I watched the tournament a lot even before I was a pro and seeing the top eight compete in the Finals was always special," he said. "I've never done it so it's a goal to be there.
"I've made mistakes in the past when thinking too much about 'what if' so I'll go to El Gouna as relaxed as I can be and just try and play my best and see what happens."
Pilley begins his El Gouna International campaign against World No.4 Omar Mosaad on April 24 where victory would see the 33-year-old take a huge step towards securing his place in Dubai.