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Junior Spotlight - Arhum Saleem

Atlanta, September 2012

Arhum Saleem has been selected to be the first in the "Spotlight" series highlighting squash juniors in the Southeast. Currently, Arhum is ranked at number 4 in the country in BU17. He has competed for the US National team and has won championships in the US as well as Europe. We caught up with Arhum at the last 2012 Dragon Doc Championships.

Q: At what age did you start playing squash?

I started playing squash at the age of 11. At that time it was just a recreational sport while my mom exercised at the gym.

Q: Why did you start playing?

I started playing squash with more interest once I saw some of the top players at our club play.

Q: How many times a week do you play?

 I play/drill 5-6 days a week.

Q: What is your biggest squash accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment would definitely be winning a JCT this past season. It was something that I had been hoping to achieve ever since I played my first junior squash tournament.

Q: Who is your favorite PSA player/role model?

My favorite PSA player is definitely Amr Shabana. His perfect combination of shot selection and speed always makes me want to emulate his game.

 Q: What school do you attend?

Alpharetta High School.

 Q: What do you like most about squash?

I like squash because it involves both the physical and mental aspects of the body. You have to understand when it is tactically correct to place the ball on the court; however, being physically fit allows you to employ these tactics with ease. Lots of people call squash "high speed chess".

Q: Who is your coach/s?

I have two FANTASTIC coaches from whom I have learned alot over the years. Tom Rumpler and Andre Maur

Q: Other Comments?

Squash is a fantastic sport to play. It hasn't really hit the spotlight on juniors in Atlanta yet ; however, I'm positive that many more kids will start to play the sport in the future.