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Cheltenham Squash Star Breaks into World's Top 50

Cheltenham squash star Nathan Lake has this month broken into the world's top 50 for the first time in his career.

His new rank of 49 has given him a major lift ahead of December's World Championships, which are being hosted in Manchester.

Lake, who went to Bournside school and started out training at East Glos, is now ranked eighth in England.

"My ranking has gone up 30 places in last 12-18 months," Lake said.

"Last year I qualified for the World Championships and lost 3-2 to the Champion. "I qualified for the British Open, beating the 20th and 25th in the world on back-to-back days, before losing 3-1 to 16th in the world. "I have also got through a couple of qualifying rounds in other competitions so touch wood, it's all going well and I have definitely grown in confidence."

Fresh from the US Open in Philadelphia, the 25-year-old left hander will be competing in Qatar next week and in Hong Kong in November before returning home for the Worlds.

Travelling far and wide is something he has become accustomed to, currently dividing his time between the USA and England.

His American girlfriend, Haley Mendez, is ranked 55th in the world. Lake, who joined the PSA World Tour in 2010, spends time training and competing Stateside, with Brooklyn as his base.

He is also studying part-time for a masters in sports coaching and practice at the University of Gloucestershire.

He currently receives valuable support from sponsors Technifibre, SFPlanning AMPM247, APH Parking and Focus Networks.

"Squash is not a cash rich sport, but I have been fortunate enough to be able to invest in a sports psychologist and a dietician so I have a good team around me," he said.

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