Squash champ comes home before playing major events overseas
A CONVENIENT 10-day gap between training camps was all the convincing Australian squash star Cameron Pilley needed to return home to Yamba.
The Australian number one has been in town since last week, taking a small break after competing in the Australian Doubles Championship in Darwin.
Pilley teamed with fellow New South Wales North Coast product Ryan Cuskelly at the event, finishing second in what was a warm-up for next year's Commonwealth Games.
"It was more of an opportunity to try out a few different pairings ahead of the Commonwealth Games," Pilley said.
"He grew up at Evans Head and we played quite a bit in junior tourneys which kicked that off.
"We only played together for a year before the 2010 Commonwealth Games and won the bronze medal.
"Being in the number one spot I have a bit of a choice as to who I partner with but I work pretty well with Cusk."
The 30-year-old plans to fly to Malaysia tomorrow ahead of the CIMB Malaysian Open, where he has secured a place in the main draw.
Doubles partner Cuskelly will be forced to go through the qualifiers, in what is one of the first major tournaments of the new season.
Pilley will be hoping for an even better season than his last one, which featured several quarter and semi-final berths.
"I got to the quarter-finals at the British Open in May and the World Teams in June which were two of my better ones," Pilley said.
"The British Open actually got my ranking back up from 18th. I still haven't cracked the top 10 yet but it's definitely one of my goals."
Pilley's schedule will go into overdrive following the Malaysian Open with several major tournaments before the end of the year.
The Macau Open, Qatar Classic are two major events in that time, with one of his last events of 2013 being the Hong Kong Open in the first week of December.
The world number 14 plays in domestic leagues between major international events, most of which are based in Europe.
"The Polish League was a different experience," Pilley said.
"I was representing The Kahuna Club in Warsaw and it was set up outside. We didn't start playing until about 9pm.
"The final was being played at about 5am and I swear there was a couple hundred people who stayed out to watch it all."