THE B I G CANARY WHARF INTERVIEW
11 POINTS WITH DARYL SELBY
The world No.11 talks to ALAN THATCHER
How is your fitness coming into Canary Wharf?
My fitness is not too bad coming into the tournament. I have had
different issues with my feet and blisters the whole of this
season which has been extremely frustrating. I hope we have
finally got it all under control, and I have changed to the new
Adidas shoes which have been great so far.
2: You had a great run at the ToC earlier this year,
beating Karim Darwish, Simon Rosner and Marwan El Shorbagy to
reach the semi-finals. Would you rate that week as a career
That was definitely a career highlight but also one of the most
frustrating nights of my career. I played well all week and beat
3 great players to make my first Major semi-final only to then
not be able to compete 100% against James in the semis. All I
wanted to be able to do was run about in front of an amazing
crowd in an iconic venue against one of the best players in the
world but wasn't able to. Very frustrating as that's why we all
put the hours of blood, sweat and tears in.
As good as winning the Nationals last year?
No not as good as winning the nationals! I play to win and there
is no better feeling that winning a tournament, let alone one
where you beat the World number 1 and World Champion!
4: You didn't play the North American Open because you
were moving house: All settled now?
No not all settled yet! We have the keys but are making some
improvements before we actually move all our stuff in. It's all
well over budget thanks to my beautiful wife's (she's an
interior designer ) expensive taste and if I don't win this
tournament I'm gonna have to start selling my limbs!
5: I hear your Mum and Dad (Paul and Karen) have also
moved house recently. How is life for them in the wilds of
mum and dad have moved into the deepest most scenic parts of
Essex and are absolutely loving it. They have a B&B ( Middiford
offthewallsports which they run from there and
keeps them both very busy! #plug
6: There are lots of Selbys in squash. Please tell us
a little about your siblings.
Lauren is my little sister and is currently ranked 44 in the
WSA rankings. She is a supremely talented squash player and an
amazing coach. If we could merge her lob and drop with my length
and movement we've have a seriously good hybrid player!! My
little brother Elliot is a good squash player, and is now a very
good racketball player. He works for the WSA and is putting a
lot of hard work in to help raise the profile of the women’s
7: What are your thoughts about the Canary Wharf
love it! It's a chance for all my family and friends to get to
see me play live. It's a superb venue and it's only 40 minutes
from home, perfect. The effort Tim, Peter, Angus and Alan put in
every year is remarkable along with all the volunteers they do a
8: Last year, after the World Team Championships, the
Egyptian coach said some rather uncomplimentary things about the
development of English players. What are your thoughts on that?
Did he?! Well the English all have a great respect for the
Egyptian players, young and old, it’s a shame he doesn't have
the same respect. I hope one day a team of young English players
will make him eat his words! I know if I was a youngster hearing
that it would only inspire me more to put the extra work in. I
believe we have the best coaches in the world and if you go onto
official Facebook page there is a blog on there
with some more thoughts.
9: Taking that debate further, who do you predict will
be the new crop of English players making an impact at the top
of the game in the next few years?
us English always develop a little later, but I often hit with
Charles Sharpes and Ben Coleman who are two talented,
hard-working youngsters. Adrian Waller, Joe Lee and Olivier Pett
are all coming through strongly and have all had some good
results recently. I watched James Earles and Adam Auckland play
recently and was impressed by both of them, but they are only
just out of juniors and still have lots to learn but look like
they both have the right attitude to do well.
10: Will you watching the London Olympics? Have you
got tickets? What do you think of our chances for 2020? Any
ideas for raising the profile of the sport ahead of next year's
I'm sure I will be watching and will be cheering on our British
Athletes. I was 'unlucky' enough not to get any tickets in the
ballot. I think we have our best chance ever of getting into
2020 and although i don't have any ideas, I am willing to do
almost anything if it will help!
11: If you won the Lottery tomorrow, what would you do
As much as I could!
Daryl, many thanks and good luck next week.
CW 2011 v Nick Matthew
CW 08 & 09 v Peter Barker