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British Open a major casualty as PSA extends World Tour shutdown

British Open a major casualty as PSA extends World Tour shutdown

British Open and PSA World Tour Finals aiming for new dates later this year / PSL cancelled By ALAN THATCHER and SEAN REUTHE The Allam British Open, one of the crown jewels of the squash calendar, is one of the major casualties as the PSA announced the extension of the World Tour shutdown because of [...]

April 2, 2020 Alan Thatcher News 0

Tight at the top as Mohamed ElShorbagy stays ahead of Ali Farag

Tight at the top as Mohamed ElShorbagy stays ahead of Ali Farag

Rankings to be frozen during World Tour suspension By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent Egyptian duo Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily will stay at the summit of the PSA men’s and women’s world rankings until the Tour resumes. The PSA announced today that the world rankings have been frozen during the ongoing suspension [...]

April 1, 2020 Alan Thatcher News 0

How the Selby family is coping with the Coronavirus lockdown

How the Selby family is coping with the Coronavirus lockdown

‘No work, no pay, but busy creating new resources for squash’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash players who face several months with zero income are being helped by the PSA to claim compensation from their governments. Coaches are also able to claim unemployment benefits in many countries. PSA staff are busy finding [...]

April 1, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0
Maria Toorpakai: ‘Being confined to home is nothing new. I was locked away for three years when I had death threats from the Taliban’

Maria Toorpakai: ‘Being confined to home is nothing new. I was locked away for three years when I had death threats from the Taliban’

MTF volunteers hand out aid parcels in homeland where she received death threats By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Life, in many ways, has turned full circle for Maria Toorpakai, the Pakistani squash player who suffered death threats from [...]

March 31, 2020 Alan's Blog, Interviews, News
WSF name Monte Carlo as venue for 2020 AGM

WSF name Monte Carlo as venue for 2020 AGM

‘We will make it a memorable stay for delegates’ By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent The 2020 World Squash Federation Annual General Meeting will be held in Monaco for the first time following a decision made at the [...]

March 30, 2020 News
Squash legend Azam Khan dies at 95 from Coronavirus

Squash legend Azam Khan dies at 95 from Coronavirus

Azam was silent, meticulous and ruthless says Jonah By ANDREW SHELLEY (World Squash Library) In the days before the World Open it was the number of British Open titles that was the benchmark by which a squash career was judged. [...]

March 29, 2020 News
The French Resistance to the COVID-19 threat

The French Resistance to the COVID-19 threat

How one club in France is fighting to survive the COVID-19 storm By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Reporter During my trip to the Open de France in Nantes last year, I wrote several blog articles on Squash Mad about [...]

March 29, 2020 News
Coronavirus: Jahangir Khan leads the way as squash rallies round to help communities

Coronavirus: Jahangir Khan leads the way as squash rallies round to help communities

JK on the front line to get aid through in Pakistan By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Jahangir Khan, the greatest player in the history of squash, is helping to distribute aid parcels to families in Pakistan in response [...]

March 29, 2020 Alan's Blog, News
Saurav Ghosal: India is on a war footing but we must all contribute to keep squash clubs alive

Saurav Ghosal: India is on a war footing but we must all contribute to keep squash clubs alive

‘People will be more keen to play than ever once normal life returns’  By GEOFF BEW – Squash Mad Correspondent The PSA World Tour is unlikely to resume this season due to the coronavirus, says one of the world’s top [...]

March 26, 2020 Interviews, News
Victor Crouin and Baptiste Masotti: France on lockdown but training still goes on

Victor Crouin and Baptiste Masotti: France on lockdown but training still goes on

No return to Harvard but life goes on for Crouin By ALAN THATCHER and JEROME ELHAIK Squash in France is on lockdown because of the Coronavirus. But that hasn’t stopped French players Baptiste Masotti and Victor Crouin, ranked 41 and [...]

March 26, 2020 News
Amanda Sobhy coping with Coronavirus lockdown with a smile, a song and some fun workouts

Amanda Sobhy coping with Coronavirus lockdown with a smile, a song and some fun workouts

‘After my injury I’m a master at being OK with not being able to play squash’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Amanda Sobhy, the US No.1 and world No.8, is keeping busy staying fit and living life to [...]

March 25, 2020 Fun Stuff, Interviews, News
English trio Gina Kennedy, Lucy Beecroft and Amelia Henley in 2019-2020 All-America College teams

English trio Gina Kennedy, Lucy Beecroft and Amelia Henley in 2019-2020 All-America College teams

Cavaliers trio first nominees from UVA By College Squash Reporters The College Squash Association (CSA) presented the 2019-2020 All-America teams on Tuesday. The All-America selections have exhibited the highest standard of college squash excellence both during the regular season and [...]

March 25, 2020 News
Coronavirus: No more blokey jokes as Australia shuts down for six months

Coronavirus: No more blokey jokes as Australia shuts down for six months

  All indoor sporting venues have to close in the next 24 hours By ALEXIA CLONDA – Squash Mad Correspondent All squash courts in Australia will be closed down following the latest directive from The Commonwealth and State Governments. I [...]

March 22, 2020 News
Letter from Australia: Borders are closed but the National Squash Centre is still open

Letter from Australia: Borders are closed but the National Squash Centre is still open

Carrara Centre stays open but hygiene rules are in place Letter from Down Under: By ALEXIA CLONDA – Squash Mad Correspondent (First posted March 21) Australia’s borders are closed but the National Squash Centre is still open. Here Down Under [...]

March 21, 2020 News
Squash club claims “it’s a stitch-up” as Prime Minister ‘asks’ UK sports clubs to close

Squash club claims “it’s a stitch-up” as Prime Minister ‘asks’ UK sports clubs to close

Boris shuts bars, and squash clubs are expected to follow By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor All squash clubs in the UK are expected to close to avoid the risk of spreading the coronavirus, following a government announcement today. [...]

March 20, 2020 News