Squash Mad is the sport’s No.1 independent squash publication.
We provide the best analysis, features, interviews, opinion and event coverage from across the global game, from elite to grass roots level.
The site was first founded by Alan Thatcher, who gave a unique and much-needed voice to a sport which is now vastly under-represented in the media. Since 2022, Squash Mad has been owned by 1Touch Media, which also publishes The Hockey Paper and The Padel Paper.
Rod Gilmour, editor
The late Dicky Rutnagur was reputed to have the second longest byline in Daily Telegraph history. A long-serving cricket journalist, he also covered squash and when he retired from journalism Rod took up the mantle for the paper.
Reporting from outposts such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Hull since 2007, Rod is also senior writer at Squash Player magazine, the sport’s longest-running publication and has written three books on the subject.
The sport has allowed him to witness a generation of exceptional talent, from Amr Shabana to Nicol David and report on three exceptional English players in Nick Matthew, James Willstrop and Laura Massaro, all of whom who became World No 1’s and deserve far greater accolades in this most demanding of sports.
Mike Dale, sub-editor
Mike first played squash aged six and, once his childhood dreams of playing professionally faded due to lack of talent, he decided to write about the game instead. Raised in Salisbury at Moonrakers Club – sadly no longer in existence – he now lives in Leeds and plays for Chapel Allerton.
He has worked as a sports journalist for over 20 years, starting at the Press Association, moving on to Ananova.com, UK Coaching, then Sport Acuity where he worked with clients including the PFA, European Rugby and the World Curling Federation. He is now a freelancer, working for two sports charities, Panathlon and the Alliance of Sport, as well as being Sub Editor of the venerable Squash Player magazine and, of course, a writer for Squash Mad and the Padel Paper.
RJ Mitchell, writer
RJ Mitchell is a former Glasgow Evening Times, Herald and Scotsman sports journalist. Mitchell has also contributed extensively to the PSA website and Squash Xtra magazine. A former West of Scotland squash county captain and Scotland ‘A’ internationalist, Mitchell has been writing about squash for 25 years. A one-time Glasgow cop, Mitchell has also had seven crime novels published including six in the award nominated Glasgow set DS Thoroughgood series.
Jerome Elhaik, writer
After obtaining a PHD at the University of Leeds, Jerome spent a decade as a freelance translator before discovering his true passion – squash journalism. As well as writing for Squash Mad, Jerome also covers all the major events in France – such as the National Championships and PSA Tournaments – for Squash News. Jerome loves to tell the real stories of the athletes, and his goal is to bring squash to a wider audience through his writing.
Camille Serme, video reporter
Camille is the former World No.2 who enjoyed a stellar career on court, winning the British Open, US Open, and the Tournament of Champions twice. Since announcing her retirement in 2022, Camille has turned her attention to other projects including a major PSA tournament in Paris in late 2023. We are delighted that Camille is working with Squash Mad as a video reporter, having made her debut at the Gillen Markets Canary Wharf Classic.
We are an independent publication, which means we are unrestricted in terms of the stories we can cover.
However, it also means that we have to fund ourselves, as, unlike other websites, we do not receive support from Federations or other governing bodies.
We pay professional journalists to write for us, which is why we ask our readers for a modest monthly contribution in order to view our content.
If you have any questions about subscriptions, please contact us at [email protected]