PETALING JAYA: There is no more burning the midnight oil for national squash player Addeen Idrakie.
After seven years of juggling between assignments and squash, the 27-year-old has finally completed his Sports Management degree course with Universiti Malaya and is now, looking forward to reviving his professional career.
“I graduated last year after studying since 2013. There were times when I had to defer my studies because of competitions... that’s why it had taken me this long, ” said Addeen.
“This year, I’ve no more homework! I can give undivided attention to squash.”
The 2019 SEA Games singles champion Addeen, who has been a pro for about 10 years since he was 17, knows he has to dig deeper to move up the ranks.
“I’ve to admit that my progress in squash has been slow. I’ve only won lower-tiered squash professional titles so far, ” said Addeen, who has six Professional Squash Association (PSA) titles under his belt.
“Winning my first pro title was the sweetest. I was 20 then when I bagged the Malaysia Tour title in Pahang and captured another in Sarawak the same year. I want to win more.”
Addeen has even changed his coach to underline his seriousness to bring a change in his game this year. He used to be under Ajaz Azmat but now, he is under former international Shahril Shahidan.
“I’m ready to make a difference this year. I’ve a new coach and I’m happy with the way he manages and coaches, ” he said.
“He understands where I’m coming from and explains in a specific way on the areas I need to improve.”
World No. 94 Addeen is currently ranked fourth in the men’s team. The others ahead of him are Ng Eain Yow (26), Ivan Yuen (45) and Mohd Syafiq Kamal (80).
“I’ve some catching up to do for sure, ” said Addeen, who won two golds in the singles and team events in the 2019 Philippines SEA Games.
“The Covid-19 has stalled my progress a bit but I do hope, the situation will become better. Hopefully, we will get the approval to play in some of the PSA tournaments planned in March, ” he added.