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The Big Interview: Nick Matthew in the mood for Dubai return

The Big Interview: Nick Matthew in the mood for Dubai return

‘If I was fit I’d play till I was 100’ By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Nick Matthew returns to action after an ankle injury when he competes in the PSA World Series Finals in Dubai. It will be his first match since losing to Egypt’s Ali Farag in the second round of the British [...]

May 23, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 1

Adil Maqbool unbeaten in the Emirates for 12 years

Adil Maqbool unbeaten in the Emirates for 12 years

Maqbool takes record 11th Abu Dhabi Open title By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Abu Dhabi: UAE’s number 1 squash player, Adil Maqbool, extended his record national unbeaten run in the country by winning the Abu Dhabi Squash Open for an unprecedented 11th time. World No. 102, Maqbool, looked in fine form as he defended [...]

May 17, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 1

Scotland claim third place at the Euros

Scotland claim third place at the Euros

England double as Scots gain podium finish By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor England clinched double success with victories in the mens and women’s events at the European Team Championships, but Scotland achieved their best recent finish of third place in the men’s event. England beat France in both finals, but Scotland hit the headlines [...]

May 10, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 2

Squash Junkies jamboree: 21st birthday party this year

Squash Junkies jamboree: 21st birthday party this year

Biggest party weekend in squash just got bigger!  By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The world’s biggest squash party just got bigger! This year’s Squash Junkies Tournament in Hoofddorp, on the outskirts of Amsterdam, celebrates its 21st birthday in August with the usual mix of fun squash, themed party, outrageous attire and industrial quantities of [...]

May 6, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, Squash Around The World 0

50 not out for Fredrik Johnson

50 not out for Fredrik Johnson

Can anybody beat the Linköping Lion? By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Fredrik Johnson made it 50 national titles after a double triumph in the over-40 and over-50 Swedish Masters finals at the weekend. The 52-year-old Swede reached a career-high position of 19 in the July 1990 rankings. During this phase of his career he [...]

March 15, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, Squash Around The World 0

Squash rally goes viral as Kiwi Paul Coll dives around the court

Squash rally goes viral as Kiwi Paul Coll dives around the court

New internet sensation after Kiwi Coll’s Canary Wharf dives By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor   New Zealand’s Paul Coll has become an internet sensation after an astonishing rally where he dived three times against former world number one James Willstrop in the Canary Wharf Classic. Willstrop was so astonished by Coll’s retrievals that [...]

March 9, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Richie and Robbie rock the rankings

Richie and Robbie rock the rankings

Great day for England in Canary Wharf qualifiers By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor It was a great day for the English in the qualifying competition for the Canary Wharf Classic. Six of the eight spots in Sunday’s finals have been filled by players from the home nation, with one or two shocks along the [...]

March 6, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

PSA trial new refereeing system at Canary Wharf

PSA trial new refereeing system at Canary Wharf

Single referee and video review at Canary Wharf  By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The PSA are to trial a return to a single referee system, aided by a video review official, at Canary Wharf next week. Canary Wharf has a proud tradition of supporting innovation in squash, having been the initial vehicle for the [...]

March 3, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Words of wisdom from Tarek Momen

Words of wisdom from Tarek Momen

Egyptian ace looks for the positives after climbing to world No.6 By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Tarek Momen has revealed the torment caused by a run of disappointing results prior to a surge in form in recent months that has taken him to a career-best position of No.6 in the world rankings. He admitted [...]

March 2, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

Azlan Iskander steps in to rescue Women’s Worlds

Azlan Iskander steps in to rescue Women’s Worlds

Malaysia to host postponed event in April with record prize fund By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Former professional player Azlan Iskandar has stepped in to rescue the Women’s World Championship, which was postponed in controversial circumstances in December. Azlan is understood to have put together a rescue package in conjunction with the Malaysian sports [...]

February 3, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Ramy Ashour calls for respect for referees

Ramy Ashour calls for respect for referees

Triple world champion calls for voting system to reward referees By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Ramy Ashour has spoken out in support of squash referees in an amazing post on social media. Egypt’s triple world champion, who has not played since the World Championship in Seattle in November, outlined his support for match officials [...]

January 28, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 8

Plans for Pyramids return as World Team event gets KO

Plans for Pyramids return as World Team event gets KO

Plans to resurrect squash spectacular at the Pyramids By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The World Squash Federation has reluctantly abandoned plans to re-schedule the 2015 Men’s World Team Championship in Cairo. The tournament was postponed after a number of member nations, including England and the USA, expressed fears over security issues surrounding the selection [...]

January 28, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

Laura Massaro’s hard work pays off

Laura Massaro’s hard work pays off

Fitness, diet and a more attacking game plan take Laura Massaro to the top of the world rankings Interview by Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Laura Massaro begins the New Year with enormous confidence, boosted by the knowledge that all the hard work she put in during 2015 produced significant rewards. Those rewards included three [...]

January 3, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 0

Alan’s Blog: Let’s rally round for Carlisle Squash Club, flooded out again

Alan’s Blog: Let’s rally round for Carlisle Squash Club, flooded out again

Squash Mad Campaign: How we can help Carlisle SC, washed out for the second time in 10 years By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Carlisle Squash Club was again submerged by the floods that struck the city following the terrible weather in the past week. The club are busy mopping up, with courts under 10 [...]

December 11, 2015 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

Women’s Worlds: PSA discuss compensation to players as govt accuse promoters of blackmail

Women’s Worlds: PSA discuss compensation to players as govt accuse promoters of blackmail

KL cancellation leaves players angry as govt blast promoters By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The PSA have finally confirmed that the 2015 Women’s World Championship, scheduled for Malaysia, has been cancelled. At the same time, a furious sports minister has accused the promoters of “preposterous blackmail”. With some players stranded in Hong Kong, having [...]

December 5, 2015 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 2