Fifteen-year-old Louis Murray has had a fantastic start to the 2019/20 squash season; we’ve taken a quick look back at some of Louis’ many achievements over the last few months:
In September, Louis made the semi-final of the Welsh Junior Open, losing narrowly to Irish No. 1, Jack O’Flynn. Louis was the only Englishman left in the semis.
In the British Junior Championships, Louis got to the quarter-final where he lost to current British Junior Open Champion, Abdallah Eissa. Louis eventually came 6th in the tournament.
In November, Louis made the semi-finals of the Irish Junior Open. He beat last year’s winner, Sean Murphy, in the quarter-final. Again, he narrowly lost to Jack O’Flynn in the semis, but went on to beat Elliot Kelly to finish 3rd and earn his place on the podium.
In 2019, Louis made the semi-finals of the Scottish, Welsh and Irish Opens, and made the quarter-finals of the English and the British Opens. At the end of November Louis moved up to Under 17s. His highest ranking in Under 15s was No. 6 in England. Louis has also been called up to the ‘England Potential Programme – focused on providing the first national level squad for the younger and developing talent in the country with the possibility of representing England at Junior European and World events’.
In December, Louis played his first Under 17s international tournament, getting through to the semi-final of the Scottish Junior Open. He lost to England No. 3 and eventual winner, Muhammed Azhan Khan.
On the 2nd of January, Louis played the British Junior Open in Birmingham. A record 800 of the world’s finest young squash talent played, with the tournament classed as the most prestigious squash tournament on the world junior circuit. In the 128-draw Under 17s section, Louis came 55th with some great wins against stronger and older players.
Last weekend, Louis won a Bronze tournament at the Exeter Golf and Country Club. He won the final 2-0 against African No. 1, Ryan Gwidzima from Wycliffe School.
Director of Sport, Dan Sanderson, commented:
“We are very proud of Louis’ impressive achievements on the squash courts, and to fulfil so much alongside a strong academic performance is testament to his hard work and commitment. He is a truly remarkable squash player and we look forward to following his journey into the future.”