Clyne builds up head of steam in NY

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Edinburgh squash pro Alan Clyne goes into action tonight in one of the world’s most unusual sports venues.

Clyne has won through qualifying rounds to reach the finals of the JP Morgan Championship being played on a glass court in New York’s Grand Central Station.

The 25-year-old tackles England’s Adrian Grant with the likely prize a crack at top seed Nick Matthew, also from England.

Some 24 of the world’s top 25 players are competing along with eight qualifiers and Clyne’s journey at the start of a four-leg US tour has been testing.

It started with a puncture when leaving home and after beating Faraz Khan 3-0 culminated in a 108-minute marathon before overcoming Frenchman Mathie Castagnet.

Clyne said: “There is only one word to describe that match – brutal.”

Qualifying is a sign of progress by Clyne who goes on to play in Detroit, Chicago and Richmond.

JP Morgan Championship organiser John Nimick has said: “This is the deepest and most competitive men’s draw I have seen in 15 years of organising.”