AIS gives Cuskelly new hope

Ryan Cuskelly in action on the pro tour.
Ryan Cuskelly in action on the pro tour.

THERE’S still hope for former Evans Head squash player Ryan Cuskelly making the team for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi after better than expected progress on his injured ankle.

The 22-year-old was injured while playing in the qualifying rounds of the Montreal International in Canada last week.

He tore two ligaments on the side of his ankle and was expected to miss the Commonwealth Games training camp in Manchester later this month.

After flying into Brisbane for treatment, Cuskelly said yesterday that he was still hopeful of making the trip to England for the camp.

“It will all depend on the swelling,” he said.

“Initially it was thought I’d be out for quite a while but now it looks like four weeks. I’m hoping to get back even quicker than that though so I can head to Manchester on March 24.”

If anyone can get Cuskelly back on the court in time, it’s the support staff of doctors and physiotherapists he has tapped into at the AIS squash unit in Brisbane.

It remains undecided whether the Australian team for New Delhi will include five men or four.

Cuskelly is now ranked a career high No 46 in the world and No 5 in Australia but realises he has little hope of picking up one of the two singles spots when the team is named in July.

His best chance of making the team is for the doubles, a format of squash unfamiliar to most club players.

Doubles is played on bigger courts and there are only one or two tournaments on the tour. Being a left-hander will help.

Cuskelly is based in New York but apart from the trip to Manchester – injury permitting – he will be playing in Australia for the next few months.