Emily Whitlock Question & Answer

Emily Whitlock talks with International Squash Magazine.

Earliest sporting memory:
Watching my dad play a squash league match in Liverpool. I must have been young as he got me changed into my PJs and made a “bed” for me to sleep in across the back seats for the drive home!

Sports watched:
Anything in the Olympics, mostly athletics. I’ve fallen in love with figure skating though, watching the Winter Olympics has been so good this year!

Sports played:
Just squash, I’m not really that sporty. I went to dance school when I was younger.

Why a life in sport, or if it hadn’t happened, what would you have done instead?
I like how I can train as work. Keeping active is important, even if you’re not an athlete, so for me to get to do that in some way every day is the best.

If not this life, I’d have probably kept training to be a dancer… or end up training generally on the regular and become a hotel reviewer/travel writer!

Toughest part of your sporting life:
There have been a few! I’m currently writing this in bed with flu after having the toughest season ever. Injuries, illness... you name it I’ve had it! But it’s all part of the process :)

Most memorable sporting moment:
Winning the British Junior Open for the first time in 2011.

Worst sporting moment: Earlier this year I played a tournament in Cincinnati and I went on court for my first-round match and just had no energy at all. It was awful not being able to compete and having no idea why my body was like that.

Sporting heroes:
I don’t really have any heroes...but I am a Maria Sharapova fan!

Favourite venue and why:
In 2012 I played for England in the U21 World Cup and the glass court set up they had in this shopping mall in Chennai was incredible.

We played on a pink ASB court that had a glass floor but had no sweat problems at all on the floor thanks to the technology used. I hope they appear on the PSA World Tour soon.

I also genuinely love playing anywhere in Britain! Love playing at home as it’s so rare.

Sporting event you would pay the most to see:
I have no idea. A lot of sports are better on television so you can watch replays of what happened - like in a 100m sprint!

I would like to go to Wimbledon at some point, just to experience everything about it as well as the tennis.

And to miss: Cricket or golf.

Question asked most often by the public:
Do you earn a decent amount of money playing squash professionally?

And the answer: No!

Greatest change you would like to see in the running of your sport:
Having all players play on the same court conditions throughout a tournament.

How well is your sport covered in the media?
Not very well but I don’t mind that to be honest.

Sporting motto:
I don’t have one! I do believe in timing though. Things happen for a reason and you’ve just got to accept the challenges life throws at you and overcome them. It’ll make you appreciate just how good you’ve got it.

Who would you most like to invite to dinner and why?
If I could, my mum’s dad. He died before I was born but he sounded like a right laugh.

How important to your game is the wearing the right footwear?
Extremely important! My Salming Vipers are perfect because they’re so grippy and look fab!

Country: England
Date of Birth: 15th February 1994
Place of Birth: Macclesfield, Cheshire
Place of Residence: Coventry, England
Marital Status: Single
Highest PSA World Ranking: 12

Emily Whitlock is a Salming brand ambassador and sponsored player.