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Patrick MacHughPatrick 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.

 

Patrick MacHughPatrick 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. 

“It’s been a lot of hard work and an awful lot of travelling,” said MacHugh. “I think we had five weekends in a row when we trained, flew to a tournament, came back and then went straight back into training.” 

Since the team was announced it’s not all been plain sailing. Just last week he suffered a real fright when he turned his ankle in training. But it was no more than a scare.

“I had the ankle in a boot and it hurt for a few days but It’s OK,” said the relieved Scot.

So now it’s all systems go for the MacHugh/Campbell partnership and the Perth and Kinross county youngster is confident that the Scottish team will perform with pride in Glasgow – and be serious podium contenders.

“I think the team is one of the strongest for years,” he said, clearly hoping that Scotland can at least emulate the bronze medal from Manchester 2002. 

At the moment, MacHugh has put his studies partly on hold. He is studying part-time for a degree in business at Strathclyde University and will return for the second half of his third year in the autumn.

At the Games, MacHugh will have plenty of support. Mum Helen, Dad Robin and brother Finlay all have tickets and other family members will also be lending support at The Emirates Arena.

And after the Commonwealth Games? Could it be on the road to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games?

“That would be very hard but it would be the next step and another goal to set,” he said. 

And there is another decision to be made. He’s been nominated for the GB programme and is going to go down to train at Milton Keynes for a few sessions. But whether he would move permanently is a choice for the future.

For the next few weeks it is all about the Glasgow 2014 and performing in a huge event on a home stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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