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Meet Daniel Tiwana, a squash legend at the age of 10

Meet Daniel Tiwana, a squash legend at the age of 10

Daniel picks Ali Farag and Anthony Joshua as his top role models By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash has a new superstar … and he’s just 10 years old. Daniel Tiwana has amazed viewers with his own lockdown training video on YouTube. More than that, he has captivated the squash community with his [...]

June 18, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 5

The Big Interview: Chat show hosts Bobby and The Wolf talk squash, lockdown lagers and internet issues

The Big Interview: Chat show hosts Bobby and The Wolf talk squash, lockdown lagers and internet issues

Nick and Daryl discuss lockdown issues and how squash can grow when courts are open again By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Nick Matthew and Daryl Selby have enjoyed a few words on court down the years, both in jest and during the heat of battle. Now they are entertaining the squash community with [...]

June 17, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Herts squash community helps during the pandemic

Herts squash community helps during the pandemic

  Instead of awards, Herts help out with vital PPE equipment By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor It’s always good to hear about squash players going the extra mile to help their local communities during the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s a real pleasure to receive some news from Paul Main about an extra-special initiative taking [...]

June 17, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

PSA make tentative plans to reopen World Tour

PSA make tentative plans to reopen World Tour

PSA ‘cautiously outline a roadmap for the return of the Tour’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The PSA are exploring all options in a bid to relaunch the World Tour as soon as possible, although it could be several more months until tournaments are back on the calendar. PSA staff, working from home [...]

May 26, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

Lockdown leads to launch of Boast and Drive card game

Lockdown leads to launch of Boast and Drive card game

Special offer: 10% off for Squash Mad readers in USA and Canada  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Trapped at home during the lockdown, squash fanatic Mark Anderson dug out an old card game he had created for his family some 15 years ago. A Eureka moment followed when he decided that a card [...]

May 15, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Fun Stuff, News 0

Coronavirus: The facts and the fears as clubs plan to reopen

Coronavirus: The facts and the fears as clubs plan to reopen

Keeping clubs clean and safe: We can’t afford to get it wrong By MIKE HEGARTY and ALAN THATCHER  As squash clubs and federations make plans to reopen facilities – and some already have – I am publishing this article to make readers aware of the huge risks involved at every stage of such operations. The [...]

May 12, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 3

Alan Thatcher: Squash faces a rocky road to reopening as France, NZ and Aussies lead the way

Alan Thatcher: Squash faces a rocky road to reopening as France, NZ and Aussies lead the way

Laura leads my lockdown recovery as the squash world waits to reopen By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor What day is it? Where am I? If you are losing track of time during the coronavirus lockdown, join the club. Right now, under lockdown, my domestic priorities are mowing the lawn every week, nurturing my [...]

April 30, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

WSF praise vitality of clubs and players during Coronavirus lockdown

WSF praise vitality of clubs and players during Coronavirus lockdown

WSF president Jacques Fontaine issues Covid-19 update​ By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent Squash players across the globe are coming up with all kinds of novel ideas to get their daily “fix” of hitting a ball against a wall. And business carries on for the World Squash Federation with meetings being held via [...]

April 21, 2020 Howard Harding Alan's Blog, News 0

Lockdown Blog: ‘No international sport until a vaccine has been delivered’

Lockdown Blog: ‘No international sport until a vaccine has been delivered’

Olympics sets the standard for the rest of the sporting world By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor A leading UK scientist has claimed the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games cannot go ahead next year unless a vaccine has been produced to destroy the coronavirus which has forced the world to go into lockdown. By extension, [...]

April 18, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 2

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 the Taliban as a teenager. As a child, she grew up in the tribal South [...]

March 31, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 2

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 to problems caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Jahangir is a  leading supporter of the Shahid [...]

March 29, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

How squash is coping with Coronavirus pandemic

How squash is coping with Coronavirus pandemic

As many nations order courts to close, some UK clubs carry on with hygiene advice for members Squash Mad Reporting Team: ALAN THATCHER, JAMES ROBERTS, ALEX WAN Squash clubs across the globe are taking a mixed approach in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Some are closing their doors completely, while others are staying open and [...]

March 19, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 3

Respect at the heart of Canary Wharf epic between Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag

Respect at the heart of Canary Wharf epic between Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag

Skills and sportsmanship make it a special occasion in final men’s battle before PSA Tour shuts down By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The quality of the squash was simply breathtaking; brilliant shot-making matched by some unbelievable retrieving. But one of the main talking points surrounding Friday’s final of the St. James’s Place Canary [...]

March 15, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 1

Pie’s the limit as Fallows aims to serve up a Canary Wharf treat

Pie’s the limit as Fallows aims to serve up a Canary Wharf treat

Wild card Richie has a hunger for success By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Richie Fallows, the rising squash star from Stratford, aims to serve up a real treat for his army of fans in the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic on Sunday. He warmed up for the event by playing doubles – [...]

March 7, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 0

Canary Wharf Countdown: Joe Lee returns to the fray after back injury

Canary Wharf Countdown: Joe Lee returns to the fray after back injury

‘After a year of rehab, I needed two operations on a prolapsed disc’ INTERVIEW by ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Joe Lee is ready to put his body on the line again in full-time professional squash after suffering a serious back injury. After two operations to cure a prolapsed disc, he is prepared to [...]

March 3, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 0