How Squash took me to New York
I started playing at the age of 8, by accident, when I tagged along with a friend, who was attending a local squash event. Now I'm 23, so that's about 15 years ago, I guess. As a junior, I attended lots of tournaments outside of Finland. I've been drawn to the idea of living abroad, ever since.
Have the courage to leave…
As a junior, I attended lots of tournaments outside of Finland. I've been drawn to the idea of living abroad, ever since. At around the age of 16, I started to consider my options when asked about American colleges. I began talking to friends, already living in the US, and ended up going for a year.
Initially, the plan was to keep studying, but when given an opportunity to coach and play squash professionally, I jumped on that opportunity!
By coincidence, I met my squash coach, while visiting New York. We met through a mutual friend, also a squash player. One thing led to another, and I ended up with a job.
I'm happy with my choice to pursue professional squash, and I wasn't that excited about going to university in the US, anyway. And most importantly, I've always wanted to play squash professionally. That's how I ended up in New York. First, working and playing a bit of squash, later playing squash, working a bit to get by.
The future looks bright
My short term goal is to reach the top-50 PSA and move my way toward the top-10. I can't think of anything else I would rather be doing, than playing professional squash for the next 10-15 years.