Max hoping to realise home dream

Hong Kong’s top male player Max Lee will look to realise his dream of winning the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open next week.

World #14 Lee memorably reached the semi-finals of the tournament two years ago as he beat and Egypt’s Ali Farag and Fares Dessouky en route to the last four, where he fell to eventual winner Ramy Ashour.

The partisan support of his home crowd was integral to Lee’s progress in 2016 and he will look to draw on the spectators once again as he aims to become Hong Kong Open champion.

Since I was 12 years old, the Hong Kong Open has been my dream event to play.

This feeling still keep my spirits firing.

The home crowd is very important to me.

For many years, they supported me a lots when I was down in the match and they push me to fight back.

Since earlier this year, I have learned how to use my passion to overcome the unnecessary pressure. Logically, the match is not 100% won, but I am sure to enjoy it.

My goal is always to win as many matches as possible and to show the quality squash that Hong Kong players produce.”

Lee opens up against fifth seed Miguel Rodriguez in round two and will look to claim his first ever win over the Colombian after falling to defeat in each of their previous four matches. If he can beat Rodriguez, Lee could make a bid for a place inside the world’s top 10 but admits there is still a way for him to go if he is to rank amongst the world’s elite.

Although I am ranked 14 this month and I was ranked 12 a few years ago, there is still a high wall I need to jump over to break though into the top 10.

Hopefully, Hong Kong will help me get through.

Lee is one of five players from Hong Kong lining up in the men’s draw, which also includes Leo Au, Tsz Fung Yip, Chi Him Wong and Henry Leung.

Annie Au heads up local interest in the women’s draw and will be joined by Joey Chan, Liu Tsz-Ling, Tong Tsz-Wing, Vanessa Chu, Lee Ka Yi and Ho Tze-Lok.