Two titles in a month make Lake the Player Of The Month for June
By NATHAN CLARKE
The 22-year-old Englishman Nathan Lake has picked up the PSA Player of the Month award for May after a breakthrough month that saw the Cheltenham-based man win his first ever career title, before adding a second just weeks later.
Lake, who turned pro in 2010, celebrated his 60th appearance on the PSA World Tour in style at the beginning of the month by competing in his first ever final – at the Keith Granger Memorial, PSA Challenger 5 tournament, in Cape Town.
The left-hander, who dropped just one game throughout the entire tournament, duly romped to success on May 1st to defeat top seeded Angus Gillams in the finale, taking just over an hour to secure his first ever title.
It proved to be a confidence boost for the youngster as he then followed that up to win his second tour title at the Rathbones Jersey Squash Classic, where he downed top seeded Joel Makin en-route to to the title-decider when he swept aside Ashley Davies.
“I am really pleased to win my second PSA event in four weeks,” said Lake after collecting the Jersey title.
“I have played in this event before but never won a match, so to come back to Jersey and win is a good feeling. The crowds have been great all week and the members have been really friendly. I am really looking forward to coming back in 2016 and trying to retain my title.”
Buoyed by his recent results Lake will now be hoping to complete a fine trio of triumphs when he lines up for the forthcoming Select Gaming Kent Open which takes place from June 4-7.
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