‘My PSA World Ranking Going As Planned’ – Tunde Ajagbe

But says "that's not the target"

Tunde Ajagbe playing 2017 World Junior Squash Champion, Marwan Tarek in Lagos recently | Chamberlain Open Twitter

Nigeria No.1 squash player (men), Babatunde Ajagbe, is calm about his rise in the PSA World Rankings.

Ajagbe moved up 10 places to 218 in the latest World rankings. The ranking was published on Sunday, July 1 by the Professional Squash Association (PSA).

This standing is still short of Ajagbe’s highest world ranking of 144, which he achieved in December 2014.

“Yes I moved up a little bit in the ranking but that’s not the target. However, the good news is it’s moving as planned,” Ajagbe tells Top Media Nigeria

On the upcoming 2018-19 season, Ajagbe wants to evaluate his performance in the just-concluded season. Thereafter, use the lessons learnt to prepare for the new season.

“The season has ended now so it’s time to look back at the last season and see what I did wrong and also those things I did right. Thereby knowing what to do better.”

New PSA World Tour Structure

The PSA-World Tour has since been rebranded into two individual circuits – the PSA-World Tour and PSA Challenger Tour.

The PSA’s new professional squash tour structure which comes into effect starting from the 2018-19 season sees qualification rounds scrapped under the reforms, with a series of new tournament tiers to be introduced on both circuits.

Concurrently, in partnership with the WSF (World Squash Federation), the PSA will form the WSF & PSA Satellite Tour, which will integrate sanctioned world, regional, national and junior tournaments into the PSA World Rankings system. The WSF & PSA Satellite Tour will run throughout the calendar year, comprising the WSF National Championships, Satellite Tournaments, World & Regional Junior Championships, National Junior Opens and National Junior Championships.

Lending his voice to the rebranding of the PSA World Tour, the US-based athlete states he is content with the amendments.

“For the new structure, I dont really have much to say. There must be a change in everything to make it better. So if PSA feels that it is important and necessary to make those changes, then it’s fine,” Ajagbe, 31, submits.


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