We asked 5 questions to Hollie Naughton (CAN) - N°5 Seed et world N°38 :
1. Hollie, it must be your very first tournament in France on the PSA World Tour. Why did you choose the Open International de squash de Nantes for your first tournament of the season ?
It is my first PSA tournament in France and it will be the first of the season. Since last year I have heard great things about Open International de Squash de Nantes on tour and wanted to take part in it myself.
2. You are Canadian, but you were born in England. Where and how did you started to play squash in your youth ?
I moved to Canada when I was 10. I grew up around Barnsley Squash Club in England where my parents played. I suppose I had quite abit of influence from a young age. I started playing when I was about 7.
3. And nowadays, where do you train today ? Who are your main training partners ?
I am currently balancing my time between England (Pontefract Squash Club) and Cornell University (in USA) with my coach David Palmer. It's hard to say just one or two training partners as there are so many players in Pontefract and at Cornell that I'm training with.
4. Your first round of the main draw in Nantes will be against the Englishwoman Julianne Courtice. We know her very well, she reached the semifinals last year and she was one of the astonishment. How do you feel at the approach of this first match of the season ?
I am excited to get the season started after having quite a few months off for summer training. I know Julianne is going to be a tough opponent and I know not to take it lightly especially as it's the first tournament back for most. Just working on preparing myself and hoping to start strong.
5. If you win this match, you will play the rest of your tournament on the glass court (in an emblematic venue in Nantes). This tournament is a $15,000, you play a lot of tournaments in that category in the United States and Canada. Do you often have the opportunity to play on a glass court on these tournaments ?
One of the main attractions to this tournament was the fact that it is on a glass court. This is the second tournament in this prize band that I will have played on a glass court. It's a great opportunity to get some practice for the bigger tournaments. It's definitely pushing me to win my first match. Who doesn't like playing on a glass court ?!