The third in Ryan Abraham’s profiles of Caribbean PSA players …
BIO #3 – Micah Franklin (Bermuda)
PSA Ranking #240
Micah Franklin is another former Caribbean Junior Champion, having won the U17 title back in 2009. He has won 3 Junior National titles for Bermuda (U17 and U19), but is yet to capture the Mens National title.
He is following the likes of former Bermudan players, Nick Kyme (former #63) and James Stout (former #116), who also represented their country on the PSA. He began his PSA career this year and is currently ranked at #240 in the world after 2 tournaments.
Having started squash at the age of 11 in 2004 [shown here as one of the "Court Rats" for the Bermuda Open in 2006], he has come a long way since then. He didn’t quite make it into the top 10 at the end of CASA rankings last year, but I am sure he is aiming to create some upsets this year in T & T.
With the right attitude and guidance, which he seems to be lucky to have, he can make some good strides on tour in the future.
INTERVIEW WITH MICAH
I entered the game of squash through my school which was next door to the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association.
What other sports did you have to choose from as a kid?
I initially played squash along with football, and horse racing but it was becoming to much time and effort to maintain all 3 so I chose the one that I felt I could excel the most in.
Any plans to attend university in the near future?
At the moment I’m just focusing on my squash but in the future I still would consider taking a College Course.
I started to consider turning pro when I went to Amsterdam for 3 months in 2010 to train with the Dutch national team, and realized that I could make it if I improved. So I started training full time after that.
What is your biggest squash feat to date?
My biggest squash victory to date was probably beating Nick Kyme an ex Bermuda #1, and former world #63, last month In a closed Satellite tournament in Bermuda 3-0
What are your goals for this year on the PSA?
My goals for this year on the PSA are to win a main draw match, and to make the top 200.
A huge role model for me growing up would have to be Patrick Foster, my coach growing up and a former world #68 and #1 in Ireland.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
When I’m not playing squash I like to do a lot of Snorkeling and Scuba Diving as well as cycling. I also enjoy watching all European Football, mostly the EPL where I support my favorite club team Arsenal!
A hidden talent of mine??
Hmm well its not a talent but unfortunately more like a defect: I’m actually legally color blind according to the doctors.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Passion, Modesty and Kindness
I’m pretty sure that your passion can be seen by many on court as well as your modesty both on and off the court. We look forward to hosting you down in sweet T & T.
Look out for the next player profile in this Caribbean series!
#1: Chris Binnie | #2: Cameron Stafford | #3: Micah Franklin | #4: Colin Ramasra | #5: Joe Chapman