Giffnock squash player Chris Murphy believes his hard work is paying dividends following success at the JC Lindsay Scottish Junior Open in Edinburgh last month.
The 17-year-old St Ninian’s High School pupil claimed a bronze medal in the highly competitive Boys’ Under-19s event.
Murphy lost to eventual winner Dominic Wren from Canada in the semi-finals 11-7 11-8 11-6 but claimed third place after defeating South Africa’s Glenn Yates in the 3rd/4th play-off at Edinburgh Sports Club, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5.
It followed a superb display in the quarter-finals which saw Murphy get the better of Peru’s Rafael Gálvez, winning 11-7, 1-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-7.
In his second round match he defeated highly rated Dutch teenager, Luke Stauffer, 13-11, 11-9, 11-2 having beaten South Africa’s Raphael Buitendag in round one 11-5 11-4 11-5.
“I was really happy with my performance,” Murphy said.
“I performed well in the first and second rounds ahead of what I knew was going to be a tough battle against Rafael Gálvez.
“After winning the first game I was confident but Rafael proved why he is such a good player by coming back to win the next couple.
“Thankfully I recovered and showed some good mental resilience to come through in five.
“The semi-final was disappointing but I recovered well for the play-off match.
“I was against a strong guy and got moved around and pushed about so to win in three was great.
“The mental side of the game is something I struggled with when I was younger so to be able to win these matches from tough situations is great.”
He continued: “At the start of 2017 I was very focused on my school exams but since March I have been playing squash almost every day and I’m really happy with how things are going.
“During the year I worked a lot on fitness and strength and on court I worked on my volleying which has made a big difference to how I am now performing.”
The Giffnock Tennis Squash & Hockey Club player hopes to turn professional later this year but knows he needs to continue working hard with his club coach Stuart George before then.
The Scotland Under-17 player said: “The plan is to finish my sixth year then focus for a full year on being professional from around May.
“It’s an exciting time and I am looking forward to it.
“Stuart George has been a big help to me and I cannot thank him enough for the improvements he has helped make to my game.”