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Marche Targets Third Successive Nantes Title

Marche Targets Third Successive Nantes Title

Marche to Headline in Nantes  By James Roberts, Squash Mad Reporter World No.23 Gregoire Marche will headline the 2017 Men’s Open International de Squash de Nantes between September 6-10 as he targets a third successive title at the PSA M25 tournament. The inaugural Open International de Nantes took place in 2015 at the Lieu Unique national [...]

July 6, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

PSA Foundation links up with Rackets Cubed and England Squash

PSA Foundation links up with Rackets Cubed and England Squash

New move to grow squash By ELLIE MAWSON    The Professional Squash Association Foundation (PSAF) have announced a partnership with England Squash and Rackets Cubed that will see the three organisations work together to enhance grass-roots participation in squash throughout the United Kingdom. A UK registered charity, Rackets Cubed provides after-school enrichment programmes for disadvantaged [...]

June 30, 2017 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Saudi Women’s Masters added to PSA World Series calendar

Saudi Women’s Masters added to PSA World Series calendar

Riyadh hosts $165k event By NATHAN CLARKE The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have announced that the PSA Women’s Masters event will return to the calendar for the first time in seven years this October when Saudi Arabia hosts the 2017 Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters at the Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University in Riyadh. [...]

June 21, 2017 Alan Thatcher News, Squash Around The World 0

PSA prize money reaches new high during 2016-17 season

PSA prize money reaches new high during 2016-17 season

$5.8m for 220 events on World Tour By SEAN REUTHE    The total level of financial compensation for squash players on the PSA World Tour was at an all-time high during the 2016-17 season after figures released today (June 20) by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) showed an overall growth rate of 5.2 per cent [...]

June 20, 2017 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Joel Makin wins Kent Open title as Josh Masters runs out of steam

Joel Makin wins Kent Open title as Josh Masters runs out of steam

  Packed crowd can’t lift home hero By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor at The Mote Squash Club   Runner-up last year, Joel Makin claimed the Select Gaming Kent Open PSA M10 title by overpowering local hero Josh Masters in straight games. In front of a packed gallery at The Mote Squash Club in [...]

June 18, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Joel Makin meets Josh Masters in Kent Open final

Joel Makin meets Josh Masters in Kent Open final

Local hero fights back to beat US number one By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor   Local favourite Josh Masters recovered from 2-1 down in games to beat US number one Todd Harrity to reach the final of the Select Gaming Kent Open, presented by First Business Finance. A boisterous, partisan crowd at The [...]

June 18, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Joel Makin survives scare in Kent Open

Joel Makin survives scare in Kent Open

Top seed forced to fight By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor   Top seed Joel Makin survived a tough battle against training partner Jan van den Herrewegen in the quarter-finals of the Select Gaming Kent Open, presented by First Business Finance. Welsh number one Makin squeezed home 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 13-11 in 72 minutes [...]

June 17, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Local hero Josh Masters books place in Kent Open quarter-finals

Local hero Josh Masters books place in Kent Open quarter-finals

Lopez loses out in five-game thriller By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor   Local hero Josh Masters battled through a severely testing first round encounter with Spain’s Edmon Lopez to reach the quarter-finals of the Select Gaming Kent Open, presented by First Business Finance, at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone. Number four seed [...]

June 16, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Rui Soares turns on the style in Kent Open classic

Rui Soares turns on the style in Kent Open classic

Mote magic from Portugal’s powerhouse  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor   In the nine years of running the Kent Open, we have seen some truly classy players in action, with Jonathan Kemp, Chris Simpson, Tom Ford and fun-loving title sponsor Jonny Powell gracing our courts at The Mote Squash Club in Maidstone. Tonight [...]

June 14, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Gregory Gaultier meets Ali Farag in World Series Final opener in Dubai

Gregory Gaultier meets Ali Farag in World Series Final opener in Dubai

Reigning champion meets new boy in opening match on stage By SEAN REUTHE   Defending champion Gregory Gaultier, the French World No.1 who has gone 27 matches and six consecutive tournaments undefeated in 2017, will take on Egyptian World No.5 Ali Farag – a late replacement for the injured Ramy Ashour – in the final [...]

June 1, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Star players offer tributes to Ronald Fauvel

Star players offer tributes to Ronald Fauvel

Popular personal therapist to Nicol David By ALAN THATCHER and SEAN REUTHE   Squash players all over the world have offered tributes following the sudden death of Ronald Fauvel, a popular figure at major tournaments as a personal therapist to eight-times world champion Nicol David of Malaysia. The Professional Squash Association (PSA) last night issued [...]

June 1, 2017 Alan Thatcher News, Squash Around The World 0

Nouran Gohar aims to conquer big-match nerves in Dubai

Nouran Gohar aims to conquer big-match nerves in Dubai

‘I was too excited last year’ By ELLIE MAWSON   World No.5 Nouran Gohar says she is determined to put nerves to one side and improve on last year’s disappointing performance when the 2016-17 PSA Dubai World Series Finals takes place from June 6–10 at Dubai Opera. The 19-year-old – who qualified fifth on this [...]

June 1, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Ali Farag replaces Ramy Ashour in World Series Finals

Ali Farag replaces Ramy Ashour in World Series Finals

Ali Farag steps up to make his Dubai debut By NATHAN CLARKE   Egyptian Ali Farag is set to make his first ever appearance at the PSA Dubai World Series Finals after three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour today withdrew from the season-ending event due to illness. Ashour, who won the 2007 and 2013 World Series [...]

May 31, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Alan’s Blog: In praise of PSA introducing shorter knock-ups

Alan’s Blog: In praise of PSA introducing shorter knock-ups

Time waits for no man, apart from the never-ending knock-ups in squash By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor At long last, the PSA are planning to reduce the length of pre-match knock-ups. A trial will be held in the forthcoming World Series Finals taking place on stage at Dubai Opera House. And I hope all [...]

May 28, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 1

Brad Hindle Interview: Why Gregory Gaultier is shining so brightly

Brad Hindle Interview: Why Gregory Gaultier is shining so brightly

Gaultier’s golden run is down to being relaxed and confident By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Top coach Bradley Hindle is gaining a reputation as one of the best brains in squash. He is in big demand. As well as being Malta’s national coach, he has recently launched his own academy and his growing reputation [...]

May 20, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews 0