International de Nantes • 04 - 10 Sep 2017 • France •
Jun 2017: Simpson targets Nantes return story courtesy PSA
World #34 Chris Simpson is aiming to be
back in action for the Open International de Squash de Nantes in
September after being sidelined with injury for the majority of
29-year-old from Guernsey has been ruled out of action since
January with a hip injury but is hoping to be ready for the
tournament in Nantes – where he finished runner-up last year to
Frenchman Gregoire Marche.
“There has been a lot of rehab. I’ve been doing a lot of
fitness work like biking and swimming for quite a while,” said
“In terms of loading the hip, I’m starting to get there, I have
been doing some solo practice and I’m looking to be on court
doing some routines in the next week or so.
“It’s the middle of the summer so that has given me a bit of
leeway hopefully in terms of the speed and progression for now
but at the moment my goal is to be back in September and opening
the season in Nantes.
"I have to say that the venue and crowd at the tournament was
one of the best, if not the best, I have ever played in. The
light show was brilliant, and it was great to have lots of
people that were new to squash watching and getting excited.”
Simpson, who had equalled his best world ranking of World No.20
before injury curtailed his season, is starting to build up to
full training and admitted he can’t wait to be back on court.
“I’m setting myself goals for when I want to be back
competing on court on Tour rather than thinking ranking wise.
It’s very difficult with the ranking because even when I come
back and if I’m playing some great squash, I’m not going to have
a full complement of tournaments throughout the year because
there will be this nine-month period of no tournaments so as
always if you play good squash then the ranking will come.
“It’s a frustratingly long process. I think beforehand I didn’t
realise how tough it was going to be and how non-linear the
recovery was going to be, so day-to-day it can be good and bad
but overall each month it is definitely getting better.
“I’m starting to get back onto the squash court, which is
something I have missed and I’m hoping the next stage of the
recovery is going to go smoothly.”
Simpson had intended to play on despite the hip problem until
April this year, but was forced to bring his operation forward
after the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, held at New
York’s Grand Central Station.
“It’s really frustrating, I felt like the last year had gone
really well and at the time I was playing really well. I got
back to my equal highest in the World Rankings and I had quite a
busy schedule planned for the start of 2017.
“My hip had been niggling for a while but I didn’t think it was
much more than a niggle and maybe didn’t realise the severity of
the injury. Once I got a scan and realised what was going on in
there it was time to get it sorted out.
“It’s a part of sport and I think when I look back it was
frustrating but at the same time I had six years of being
relatively injury free so I’m glad I managed to get those six
years and hopefully I can get a few more.”
The qualifying stages of the Open International de Squash de
Nantes will be held between September 4-5 at La Maison du
Squash, with the main draw staged between September 6-10 at Les
Machines de l’île.
The tournament also features a Women’s tournament offering $15k
in prize money - a $10k increase on last year.