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Ritwik Bhattacharya pushes back the boundaries with cricket club success

Ritwik Bhattacharya pushes back the boundaries with cricket club success

Former star is on the ball, growing the game in India By ALAN THATCHER Squash in India is being given a massive injection of energy thanks to the efforts of former professional Ritwik Bhattacharya. The staging of the $50,000 Men’s CCI International at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai was the most ambitious project [...]

December 2, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Building a new kind of squash and racketball club

Building a new kind of squash and racketball club

Join the fight to save the healthiest of all sports By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor It was wonderful to see Britain’s national newspapers present the health benefits of playing squash and racketball in their coverage of a recent survey published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Regularly playing squash and racketball could help [...]

December 2, 2016 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game, News 2

Alan’s Blog: Showcasing the sport in sumptuous venues

Alan’s Blog: Showcasing the sport in sumptuous venues

Packed venues bring top-class squash to new levels of drama By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The successful delivery of the US Open, with the jumbotron screen above the glass court inside the Drexel University sports arena, the San Francisco Bay Bridge towering over the court at the NetSuite Open, and the spectacular renaissance of [...]

October 16, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Racquetball salutes lessons learned from SquashTV

Racquetball salutes lessons learned from SquashTV

Squash’s video output dwarfs racquetball efforts in the USA By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor My friend Freddy Ramirez writes a terrifically engaging racquetball blog called Restrung Magazine. We have been communicating online for some years and frequently discuss ways in which racquetball (or racketball) can find some harmony with squash to produce some mutually [...]

October 11, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News, Racketball 8

Comment: It’s hard to rename something you don’t own

Comment: It’s hard to rename something you don’t own

Racketball: a (very) brief history; and why WSF should think again By DAVID IRESON – Squash Mad Correspondent in Aberdeen   The passage of time allows a great deal of opportunity for reflection and review of past events, to scrutinise their efficacy as carriers of both positive and negative actions and impacts on our daily [...]

September 1, 2016 Guest Contributor Comment, News, Racketball 3

As we warned, Squash 57 rebranding exercise is laughed out of court

As we warned, Squash 57 rebranding exercise is laughed out of court

Clubs, coaches, players and racket manufacturers all refuse to play ball with name change By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor As we warned the other day, attempts are being made to officially rebrand racketball as Squash 57. The news was officially announced today by the World Squash Federation to a chorus of disbelief and derision [...]

August 30, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News, Racketball 11

Racketball: 57 guesses to come up with a new name

Racketball: 57 guesses to come up with a new name

Stand by for a racketball revolution as new name is about to be announced By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor News reaches Squash Mad HQ from our outer space branch office that a decision has been reached for a new name for racketball.  Please bear in mind that not a single racketball (or racquetball) player asked for [...]

August 26, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News, Racketball 15

UPDATED: Pakistan fielded over-age players to win World Junior Team event

UPDATED: Pakistan fielded over-age players to win World Junior Team event

WSF to investigate claims that winning juniors are 20 years old By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The World Squash Federation are investigating claims that Pakistan fielded two over-age players while winning the recent World Junior Team Championship in Poland. Israr Ahmed, who beat Egypt’s number one Saadeldin Abouaish in straight games in the final, is [...]

August 20, 2016 Alan Thatcher Comment, News 5

Future of squash is bright despite Olympic snub

Future of squash is bright despite Olympic snub

Squash can be proud of booming PSA Tour says Alex Gough By NATHAN CLARKE   In the wake of yesterday’s confirmation from the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) that squash will not feature in the 2020 Olympic Games, Professional Squash Association (PSA) Chief Executive Alex Gough has reiterated his belief that the future of squash is [...]

August 4, 2016 Guest Contributor Comment, Growing the game, News 0

Comment: Why squash does NOT need the Olympics

Comment: Why squash does NOT need the Olympics

Few, if any benefits would accrue from a place at the tainted top table COMMENT: By A Squash Professional   On the eve of the 2016 Olympic Games, with the event already mired in the usual allegations of crime, corruption and drug-related controversy, a former professional squash player, now a leading coach, debates whether squash needs [...]

August 4, 2016 Guest Contributor Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 6

Alan’s Blog: What kind of Olympics would we like to be part of?

Alan’s Blog: What kind of Olympics would we like to be part of?

As top golfers avoid Rio, Olympic ideals come under the microscope By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor James Willstrop wrote another impassioned plea for squash to be included in the Olympic Games after Rory McIlroy became the latest golfer to announce that he would not be competing in the Rio Games next month. Willstrop’s Blog, [...]

July 25, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Tom Ford meets Joel Makin in Kent Open final

Tom Ford meets Joel Makin in Kent Open final

Top seed Charles Sharpes loses bitter battle on racket-throwing conduct stroke By ALAN THATCHER    Top seed and reigning champion Charles Sharpes crashed out of the Select Gaming PSA M10 Kent Open after a dramatic and often physical contest with Welsh No.2 Joel Makin. This bitter, ugly clash ended with Sharpes receiving a conduct stroke [...]

May 29, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

What a brilliant day at Canary Wharf

What a brilliant day at Canary Wharf

Fan’s eye view of a top-class tournament  By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Correspondent   Squash enthusiast James Roberts has worked tirelessly to promote World Squash Day in the past two years. Here he writes about a day trip to London to begin work on WSD 2016 with a trip to the Canary Wharf Classic [...]

March 15, 2016 Guest Contributor Comment, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 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