Cuskelly cracks top 50

EVANS HEAD squash sensation Ryan Cuskelly has broken into the world top 50 for the first time in his career.

On the back of a string of impressive results in the United States, Cuskelly climbed to No 46 in the world rankings released by the Professional Squash Association overnight.

The 22-year-old is currently playing through the qualifying rounds at the Montreal International in Canada.

Incidentally, had he gained his new ranking a few days earlier, he would have been exempt from qualifying rounds and part of the main draw.

The career-high ranking means Cuskelly will now be included in the main draw of events which he enters, reducing his workload and strengthening his chances of success.

Ranking points he once had to fight for will now come for free – but only due to years of toiling.

Cuskelly, who is now based in New York, will take his new ranking to London for the Canary Wharf Classic after the Montreal International and enjoy direct entry into a major tournament for the first time.

Working overtime, he will stay in England for a Commonwealth Games training camp where he will battle for the fourth and final place in the Australian men’s squash team.

World No 9 David Palmer will be the first man in the squad; top 20 players Cameron Pilley and Stewart Boswell also pick themselves, while Cuskelly and Aaron Frankcomb (No 39) are the candidates to round out the team.

After the busiest season of his life, Cuskelly will head home post Commonwealth Games camp to rest his body before suiting up again for the Australian Open in August.

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