What the Pros Use - Declan James (WR20)

March 25, 2019

 

Big thanks to Declan, who helped me to compile his player profile over the weekend. Declan is currently one of mine, and a lot of people's, favourite players to watch on the tour. Great movement, attacking play and getting better all the time. Last year's win in Nantes was a great result and the squash on display was top quality! 

 

Declan is one of a number of top players to have recently started wearing Eye S-Line Shoes, which are proving a real hit on tour. Like Diego Elias, Declan also uses Dunlop rackets. So Declan is using two of the top brands on the market at present, representing great heritage and innovation in equal measure! 

 

This profile includes advice for aspiring pros, Declan's favourite players and who he'd pay to watch. Declan must also be into his strings, given that he has a very precise tension on his rackets (spoiler alert) strung at 28.5lbs, which is a fairly high tension, given the current trend for loose/mid tension stringing. 

 

Name: Declan James

 

Highest Ranking: 16

 

Biggest Achievements: Commonwealth Bronze medallist Men’s Doubles 2018, Open Internationale De Nantes Champion 2018

Coach: Phil Whitlock

Racket Sponsor: Dunlop

 

Shoe Sponsor: Eye

 

Shoe Model and Colour: S-line blue, yellow, peach

 

Racket Model: Hyperfibre

 

String Sponsor: Dunlop

 

String Model: Silk Black

 

Tension: 28.5 lbs

How often do you break strings: Every 2 weeks

 

What do you like about the current strings you use? Great feel, durable, and they look good!

 

When on tour, what can't you be without? My phone, my laptop, and a book. I like to stay connected to my family and friends. I enjoy watching a TV series whilst on tour. And I always like having a book to read.

 

Hero Squash Players: Amr Shabana, James Willstrop, Nick Matthew

 

Describe your playing style in 3 words: Attacking, Controlled, Rhythmical

 

What's your favourite shot to play: Straight kill

 

If you could change anything about your game, what would you change? More speed

 

What advice would you give to aspiring juniors? Work harder than you’re comfortable with, listen to the people whose opinion matters, ask questions, believe in the process, most of all enjoyment is key.

 

What do you get up to when not on the squash court? Driving. Reading in the coffee shop. Dinner with friends. Home time with family. Clothes shopping.

 

If you weren't a Pro squash player, what would you do for a job? Something business related, business development etc. Public speaking I.e encouraging kids to take up sport/discussing the benefits of a good mindset and reading/gaining knowledge.

 

Who do you buddy up with most on tour? Daryl Selby and George Parker

 

If you could pay to watch any other player on tour (past or present), who would it be and why? Amr Shabana, he made the game look easy and did the basics to a near perfect standard more times than not, it was liquid gold.

 

Hardest Hitter on tour? Cameron Pilley

 

 

 

 

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