Zac Millar's mission to improve ranks
Waikato student Zac Millar is stepping into uncharted territory, as he moves from junior to senior squash ranks this year.
Having won the New Zealand under-19 title and New Zealand Junior Open in his last year as a junior in 2013, Millar is now looking to win Professional Squash Association points and improve his world ranking.
Currently at 416 in the world, being new to the world ranking list, Millar hopes to improve that, chiefly by taking down Kiwi No 6 Lance Beddoes.
"I finished seventh last year in the senior open, so I want to equal or better that," Millar said.
"Lance Beddoes is No 6, and he's ranked 161st in the world, so I'm sort of aiming to beat him this year.
"My world ranking isn't really a fair reflection of where I'm at for the moment. Like, I usually beat Ben Grindrod, and he's about 230th in the world. But I'll work my way up."
To move up the rankings Millar must enter PSA events, with three staged at Palmerston North, Christchurch and Invercargill during June.
Millar hopes to peak that month and pocket as many points as he can to improve his ranking, before heading to Australia for more PSA events.
"Those events in June will be my major targets and also the senior nationals.
"I want to try and go better than seventh there, definitely."
Millar has a strong training partner to help him reach his goals, that's when Kiwi world No 5 Joelle King is actually in New Zealand.
"We're pretty even. She's beaten me the last couple of times we've played," Millar said.
"She has said that if I need any advice or help then she is there, but I haven't really asked her. I try not to."
They often head to Cambridge Racquets Club for training, otherwise Millar will train at the University of Waikato after his business management classes.
"You have to step it up a gear in training every year. Diet and nutrition is becoming [increasingly] important, and juggling that with uni can be pretty difficult at times.
"Hopefully I can get some wins this year and have a bit of success, but it's going to be hard."
Millar will play some local tournaments next month, building up to larger events during the year.