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2016-09-15 01:11:00 CEST

Josh’s inspirational aim

The Doctor says it pays to be healthy!

Josh (right) and Sam discuss things during a time-out during their game against Lucena/Dalhausser. Photocredit: Joerg Mitter.Josh (right) and Sam discuss things during a time-out during their game against Lucena/Dalhausser. Photocredit: Joerg Mitter.

He might have been gutted after losing a one-set lead in a defeat to Lucena/Dalhausser but Canadian Josh Binstock is hoping the appearance in his hometown can encourage children to take up beach volleyball.

The Torontonian is relishing playing at the globe’s biggest tournament but, in front of a big Center Court crowd full of wide-eyed youngsters, who arrived by the bus-load earlier in the day, the Doctor says he is happy to help the stars of the future take up the game we love so much.

“At the end of my career I’ve realized more than ever just what I’m doing for the sport and I want to be able to inspire the young who play this sport,” Josh told us after he and Sam Schachter lost to the Americans.

“It doesn’t matter what your physical stature is, big, small, short – you can still succeed if you’re intelligent and have good ball control. I definitely try to interact with the young guys as much as possible – and I hope to be a role model in that regard.”

For the Americans they secured a tiny piece of revenge after losing to the Canadians at the Cincinnati Open earlier in the season.

But Phil’s after payback of a different kind this week: gold after losing to Alison/Bruno in the Swatch World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale last year.

“We got smashed by them,” said the big blocker who helped resurrect their chances in their opening pool play match after losing the first set to Binstock/Schachter. “So that’s the revenge we want.”

Can the Americans make it two out to two in their pool tomorrow? They take on Polish pair Kantor/Losiak on Center Court – and you can watch the whole game live on our website so check it out!

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