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World Squash Day brings the game together like a global village

World Squash Day brings the game together like a global village

Squash is just one big global family By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor World Squash Day brought the sport together like one big global family with some amazing events taking place all over the planet. And nowhere was the idea of family more apparent than at the US Open in Philadelphia, where Egyptians Ali Farag [...]

October 16, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 2

Husband and wife Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb win US Open titles

Husband and wife Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb win US Open titles

  Dream come true for Egyptian aces By ELLIE MAWSON    Egyptian couple Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb wrote their names into the history books earlier today (October 14) as they triumphed at the 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management to become the first married couple in sporting history ever to win [...]

October 15, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb first married couple to reach US Open finals

Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb first married couple to reach US Open finals

All-Egyptian finals in Philly as Matthew and Massaro bow out in thrillers By ELLIE MAWSON   Egyptians Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb, the Cairo-based pair who married in 2016, will be hoping for double-delight during the finals of the 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management after they became the first married pair [...]

October 14, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

World Squash Day: Growing the game and building new clubs

World Squash Day: Growing the game and building new clubs

British MPs back World Squash Day By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Politicians, national federations, squash stars, coaches and clubs all over the planet are promoting the sport on World Squash Day, which is taking place tomorrow (Saturday October 14). And one national coach has promised that every newcomer to his academy will become “addicted to [...]

October 13, 2017 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Joelle King topples Alison Waters in US Open

Joelle King topples Alison Waters in US Open

Huge wins for Farag and Mosaad By ELLIE MAWSON    New Zealand’s Joelle King will compete in the semi-finals of a PSA World Series tournament for the first time in over three years after she downed England’s Alison Waters 3-1 to secure a last four berth at the 2017 U.S. Open presented by Presented by [...]

October 13, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

East Coast Academy launches graphical history of the game on World Squash Day

East Coast Academy launches graphical history of the game on World Squash Day

Squash’s history in bite-sized chunks By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 14th 2017, In celebration of World Squash Day, The East Coast Squash Academy is excited to release the most all- inclusive infographic of squash statistics representing the history of squash, its massive global appeal, fun facts and interesting trivia. The Squash [...]

October 13, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Matthew and Massaro through as El Tayeb takes out top seed El Sherbini

Matthew and Massaro through as El Tayeb takes out top seed El Sherbini

Battling Brits in US Open semi-finals By ELLIE MAWSON   After 2016 champion Camille Serme and eight-time World Champion Nicol David crashed out of the 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management in the second round, the shocks continued to flow inside Philadelphia’s Drexel University as World No.1 Nour El Sherbini saw her title [...]

October 12, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Joelle King topples reigning US Open champion Camille Serme

Joelle King topples reigning US Open champion Camille Serme

‘Camille is a classy player so that was huge’  By ELLIE MAWSON   New Zealand’s World No.10 Joelle King showed impressive poise and composure to come through a nerve-racking 66 minute battle with World No.3 Camille Serme that saw her end the Frenchwoman’s title defence during the second round of the 2017 U.S. Open Presented [...]

October 11, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Diego Elias stuns Marwan ElShorbagy in US Open

Diego Elias stuns Marwan ElShorbagy in US Open

Peruvian powers into quarter-finals By ELLIE MAWSON    Peru’s World No.15 Diego Elias caused a big upset at the U.S. Open as he downed Egypt’s world No.6 Marwan ElShorbagy in straight games to reach his first quarter-final at the tournament. The 20-year-old from Lima was agonisingly close to defeating World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad during [...]

October 11, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Sensation as Paul Coll takes out US Open top seed Karim Gawad

Sensation as Paul Coll takes out US Open top seed Karim Gawad

Great escape for Raneem By ELLIE MAWSON    New Zealand’s World No.10 Paul Coll pulled off one of the biggest wins of his career as he knocked World Champion and tournament top seed Karim Abdel Gawad out of the 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management in the first round. It was tipped as [...]

October 9, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

James Willstrop suffers shock defeat in US Open first round

James Willstrop suffers shock defeat in US Open first round

Mexico’s Cesar Salazar meets Simon Rösner in next round By ELLIE MAWSON    Mexican Cesar Salazar pulled off a huge upset during the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management as he downed former World No.1 James Willstrop. Victory gave Salazar a place in the second round of this high-profile PSA [...]

October 8, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Canary Wharf tickets on sale today

Canary Wharf tickets on sale today

Annual rush as fans clamour for tickets to London’s top tournament By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The Canary Wharf Squash Classic is one of the most popular squash tournaments in the world, and also has a reputation for innovation in the sport. For the 2018 edition, matches in the early rounds will be played [...]

October 6, 2017 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Race to buy tickets for the Tournament of Champions

Race to buy tickets for the Tournament of Champions

First Canary Wharf, now Grand Central as fans race for tickets  By SEAN REUTHE    Tickets for the 2018 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions (ToC), the world’s largest spectator squash event, will be available for purchase commencing Friday October 6, 2017 at 9:00AM EST at the www.tocsquash.com website. The PSA World Series tournament celebrates its [...]

October 6, 2017 Alan Thatcher News, Squash Around The World 0

Stars support World Squash Day

Stars support World Squash Day

Double the fun says Cam Pilley The world’s leading squash players are encouraging every club on the planet to open their doors to support World Squash Day.  This annual event to promote the game takes place on Saturday October 14th and former world champions Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro, and world doubles champion Cam Pilley, [...]

October 5, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

England Squash awarded £7.9m funding by Sport England

England Squash awarded £7.9m funding by Sport England

‘Our aim is to sustain all aspects of the game’ says Keir Worth By DONNA HELMER and ALAN THATCHER   England Squash has been awarded a total of £7.9 million over the next funding cycle from Sport England as part of a series of major new investments aimed at keeping the nation active. The national [...]

October 2, 2017 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 1