Patrick MacHugh admits it’s been a long, long season. But he’s ready for the perfect end when he lines up for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games.
It was just 18 months ago that the Kinross 22-year-old teamed up on court with Edinburgh’s Martin Campbell. Now they are ranked No.54 in the world in men’s doubles and set for the highlight of their young careers.
“When the season started last August we were ranked No.115 in the world and I really didn’t think we could make it into the top 60 and earn qualification for the Games,” was his honest reflection.
“But we had climbed into the top 70 by Christmas and by then there was a glimmer of hope.”
The final clincher was a quarter-final appearance in Poland in March. “If we hadn’t made the last eight then maybe we wouldn’t have made the Games team,” he continued.
Along the way, the two stand-out efforts were victories in Bulgaria in August and then Iceland in January.