Adrian Grant says it’s a huge honour to represent England in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games but he’s already got one eye on competing at the next one in 2018 to make it four on the bounce.
Talking to the Voice of Sport Grant, who will wear the England vest next month to compete in squash singles and doubles on July 24, said he would love nothing more than to add to the gold medal he won in Delhi four years ago.
The London-born player admits it will be a lot more difficult this time around as both his partner, Nick Matthew and himself, have gone from hunters to being hunted. The secret’s out and their opposition are well schooled when it comes to preparing to do battle on court.
Nevertheless, Grant, 33, says he aims to be the best he can be which should still be good enough.
“It’s a great honour to be selected for England and to be part of the team that will be competing in Glasgow. I love squash, the sport is my life,” said Grant.
He added: “I’ve been fortunate to have been selected for a Commonwealth Games before and after what we achieved in Delhi, which surprised a lot of people, I know we can be successful again.
“I think people really appreciate now that doubles are a part of squash, we only really play when at the Commonwealth Games and it’s a real opportunity to win a medal for everyone, the worlds your oyster. I really want to come back with a medal, I’ve got a gold already but I want another one.”
Grant will team up with double defending champion – both in singles and doubles -Matthew, as the pair aim to add to the title they won four years ago.
“It’s going to be hard and I know Nick has ambitions in the singles as well. So it will be tough but we’ll do the best we can,” said Grant.
Irrespective of what he achieves in Glasgow, Grant says he would like to think he is good enough to continue after the Games have concluded. Thoughts of retirement are not at the forefront of his mind.
“I would love to compete in another Commonwealth Games. I have a good CV and I think I could compete against the best in the world even at that age. It all depends on were I am physically,” he said
He added: “If someone said to me in Delhi it stops here, I would have taken it and been happy. But I’m still going, playing well and I look after myself so who knows, four years can come around really quickly.
“While it has seemed like a long process to confirm my involvement with the 2014 Commonwealth team, I’m in and can’t wait for it.”