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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

Mathieu Castagnet’s Superman dive goes viral

Mathieu Castagnet’s Superman dive goes viral

Daryl Selby left stunned by rival’s amazing retrieval By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor French ace Mathieu Castagnet has dived and chased his way into squash folklore after producing the most phenomenal piece of retrieving ever seen. His opponent, Daryl Selby, could not believe it as Castagnet dived into the front left corner to scrape [...]

March 1, 2016 Alan Thatcher Comment, Fun Stuff, News 2

Sad closure of Canadian National Centre

Sad closure of Canadian National Centre

Cool, laid-back squash oasis closes its doors By TERRY PRITCHARD – Squash Mad Canadian Correspondent   On February 5th, a unique chapter in Canadian squash came to an end as the National Squash Academy in Toronto announced it was closing. While this news was not completely unexpected – rumours of trouble with the NSA’s lease had been [...]

February 29, 2016 Terry Pritchard Comment, News 0

Mohamed and Marwan march on in Bristol fashion

Mohamed and Marwan march on in Bristol fashion

Elshorbagy brothers love leading the Bristol squash family By ROSANNA RADLINSKA – Squash Mad Special Correspondent   Mohamed Elshorbagy once again proved why he occupies the number one spot in the PSA Men’s rankings. He has just recorded yet another victory in Taeq Squash Colombia Open which took place from February 14-20 and which cements his [...]

February 27, 2016 Alan Thatcher Comment, News 0

Lower tin makes the women’s game more appealing

Lower tin makes the women’s game more appealing

Girl talk reveals positive response to lower tin By ALEX WAN – Squash Mad Asian Bureau Editor   The introduction of the 17-inch tin (from 19 inches) into the women’s game some months back marked another step into standardising the game for both men and women. While there were certainly concerns about it being a move that [...]

February 13, 2016 Alex Wan Comment, Growing the game, News 0

Squash Mad Australia: Steve Walton’s Video Blog

Squash Mad Australia: Steve Walton’s Video Blog

By STEVE WALTON – Squash Mad Roving Reporter Down Under Great to see Cam Pilley and Ryan Cuskelly flying the flag for Australia in major world events, with Ryan especially doing well in the States and Cam climbing back up to 14 in the world. Here at home, we have lots of exciting news on [...]

February 4, 2016 Steve Walton Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game, News 0

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

Remembering John Easter, a true gentleman of squash

Remembering John Easter, a true gentleman of squash

John Easter (1945-2015)  By STUART COURTNEY   Squash has lost one of its true gentlemen with the recent passing of John Easter. A tall, stylish player, he epitomised the effortless ability of the naturally-gifted player and was one of the early pioneers who crossed the threshold from amateur to professional squash. The father of England [...]

January 24, 2016 Guest Contributor Comment, News 8

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

Squash Mad Australia: Thunder from Down Under

Squash Mad Australia: Thunder from Down Under

Sad news for Aussie aces missing the Worlds as a row over racket sales rumbles on the horizon By STEVE WALTON – Squash Mad Raving Reporter Down Under   This week, Squash Mad’s Australia Correspondent Steve Walton (his job description actually reads: Raving Reporter on Location at a Squash Club Near You) delivers his Christmas Message. It’s [...]

December 9, 2015 Steve Walton Comment, Fun Stuff, News 0

PSA step up pressure on WSF with World Task Force

PSA step up pressure on WSF with World Task Force

National federations back PSA move By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have reiterated their belief that the existing World Squash Federation structure must be overhauled in order for the sport to progress. The PSA have confirmed their position, with support from leading national federations, in the wake of the showdown [...]

November 13, 2015 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Ramachandran’s brother sacked as head of Indian cricket

Ramachandran’s brother sacked as head of Indian cricket

Big brother is sacked as corruption scandals engulf Indian cricket  By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor As pressure mounts on World Squash Federation president Narayana Ramachandran, his brother, Narayanaswami Srinivasan, has been removed from his post as chairman of world cricket’s main governing body. Ramachandran is clinging on to his position with the WSF despite [...]

November 9, 2015 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 1