UK-Racketball interviews Tim Vail, 4 times and current National Racketball Champion
In may 2011 Tim Vail (aka The Vole) took the National Racketball title for the 4th time, but more remarkably it was his 1st title for 7 years the previous 3 being 2001, 03, 04.
Ranked 15 in England at squash Tim is arguably the best shot maker around, he puts “bums on seats”.
His natural flair and nick hitting ability mean the best players can never feel safe, his career at Chichester in the National League over the years has produced many spectacular results and the Lee-on-solent Club professional has beaten a player inside the worlds top 30 every season now for several years.
Having embraced racketball Tim has brought his shot making ability to the big ball game where he continues to move the ball effortlessly, send opponents the wrong way and continually roll the ball out of the nick, “bums on seats” also for racketball.
In my opinion Tim Vail is one of the most talented squash players i have seen and ive been involved in squash for some 38 years. However i actually think he is a better racketball player!
10 questions to Tim Vail
1q. How old were you when you started playing racketball?
1a. About 10 years old at Beauport SC, hastings
2q. Who introduced you to the game?
2a. No one really i just started experimenting with the racket and ball and trying things out with a group of other young juniors at hastings
3q. Your best racketball memory?
3a. Winning my 1st National title beating defending champion Paul Spencer.
4q. Who is your toughest opponent?
4a. Daryl Selby, physically he is tough to live with
5q. Which racket do you use?
5a. The Pointfore rb450
6q. What is your favorite racketball shot?
6a. The straight backhand cut drop, or any boast that rolls out of the nick.
7q. Which ball do you prefer blue/black and why?
7a. Black! it favors the shot player and allows you to be more inventive.
8q. What is your biggest dislike on the racketball court?
8a. Boring players, we need to make the game a good specticle also players fishing for lets, “play the ball”.
9q. Who is the player you most admire?
9a. Simon Martin, he tries different things he is deceptive and inventive.
10q. What is your racketball target for 2012?
10a. To retain my National Racketball Title and for Sussex to win the inter county championships.
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