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Tough and talented, Tesni Evans tackles ToC in confident mood

Tough and talented, Tesni Evans tackles ToC in confident mood

‘I’ll just keep working hard and see where it takes me’ By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor Tesni Evans is already the highest-ranked female player from Wales in history, having reached a career-high position of 12 in the PSA World Tour list. Her gutsy approach to this immensely challenging sport, and her readiness to accept [...]

January 20, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 0

Mohamed ElShorbagy top seed as Canary Wharf prize fund hits $100,000

Mohamed ElShorbagy top seed as Canary Wharf prize fund hits $100,000

Six-times champion Nick Matthew makes farewell appearance at the East Wintergarden By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The Canary Wharf Squash Classic will enjoy a boost in status as the popular London tournament celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2018 with a significant rise in prize money. A dazzling array of the world’s leading players, led [...]

January 4, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

World Squash Day brings the game together like a global village

World Squash Day brings the game together like a global village

Squash is just one big global family By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor World Squash Day brought the sport together like one big global family with some amazing events taking place all over the planet. And nowhere was the idea of family more apparent than at the US Open in Philadelphia, where Egyptians Ali Farag [...]

October 16, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 2

East Coast Academy launches graphical history of the game on World Squash Day

East Coast Academy launches graphical history of the game on World Squash Day

Squash’s history in bite-sized chunks By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, October 14th 2017, In celebration of World Squash Day, The East Coast Squash Academy is excited to release the most all- inclusive infographic of squash statistics representing the history of squash, its massive global appeal, fun facts and interesting trivia. The Squash [...]

October 13, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 1

Stars support World Squash Day

Stars support World Squash Day

Double the fun says Cam Pilley The world’s leading squash players are encouraging every club on the planet to open their doors to support World Squash Day.  This annual event to promote the game takes place on Saturday October 14th and former world champions Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro, and world doubles champion Cam Pilley, [...]

October 5, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

England stars back World Squash Day

England stars back World Squash Day

Laura and Nick urge clubs to get involved to grow the game By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor England’s leading squash players are encouraging every club in the country to open their doors to support World Squash Day. This annual event to promote the game takes place on Saturday October 14th and former world champions [...]

September 25, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 3

Nick Matthew to bring curtain down on a stellar career

Nick Matthew to bring curtain down on a stellar career

Nick Matthew targets the World Champs, British Open and a fourth Commonwealth Games gold in his final season on tour By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor Squash star Nick Matthew has announced that the 2017-2018 squash season will officially be his last playing season. The 37 year-old from Sheffield, Yorkshire is already classed as one of [...]

September 18, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Alan’s Blog: In praise of PSA introducing shorter knock-ups

Alan’s Blog: In praise of PSA introducing shorter knock-ups

Time waits for no man, apart from the never-ending knock-ups in squash By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor At long last, the PSA are planning to reduce the length of pre-match knock-ups. A trial will be held in the forthcoming World Series Finals taking place on stage at Dubai Opera House. And I hope all [...]

May 28, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 1

Brad Hindle Interview: Why Gregory Gaultier is shining so brightly

Brad Hindle Interview: Why Gregory Gaultier is shining so brightly

Gaultier’s golden run is down to being relaxed and confident By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Top coach Bradley Hindle is gaining a reputation as one of the best brains in squash. He is in big demand. As well as being Malta’s national coach, he has recently launched his own academy and his growing reputation [...]

May 20, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews 0

Nick Matthew launches UK Masterclass events after Dubai finale

Nick Matthew launches UK Masterclass events after Dubai finale

Nick Matthew Academy Masterclasses to launch in UK after PSA World Series Finals in Dubai By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Nick Matthew is getting ready for a busy summer, preparing to star on stage at the Dubai Opera House and launching a new series of coaching camps in the UK in addition to his [...]

May 19, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

The Big Interview: Nick Matthew talks about his future life as a coach

The Big Interview: Nick Matthew talks about his future life as a coach

Knowledge is power for the memory man of squash as he plans for life after stellar playing career Interview by ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor Nick Matthew is enjoying a successful end-of-season flourish after making it a priority to manage his schedule carefully to peak at the right times. He has also stepped back from massive [...]

April 3, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Interviews, News 0

Nick Matthew to donate Canary Wharf prize money to #Sunshine4Sumner

Nick Matthew to donate Canary Wharf prize money to #Sunshine4Sumner

Sumner Malik is guest of honour at the East Wintergarden on Monday By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor Three-time World Champion Nick Matthew has pledged to donate every penny of his prize money from next week’s Canary Wharf Squash Classic to the #Sunshine4Sumner campaign. World No.4 Matthew, the top seed at Canary Wharf, is making [...]

March 1, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

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

Alan’s Blog: Canterbury Tales and the Court of King Joseph

Alan’s Blog: Canterbury Tales and the Court of King Joseph

Tribute to the busiest man in squash By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor When you are invited to a special function to name a court in honour of someone who has devoted years of their life to squash, it’s usually because that person has moved upstairs to the great glass show court in the sky. [...]

November 28, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Fun Stuff, Growing the game, Hero of the month, News 3

555: Ross Norman’s tribute to Jahangir Khan

555: Ross Norman’s tribute to Jahangir Khan

Jahangir Khan lifted the level of squash by 15 to 20 per cent. Roger Federer did the same for tennis, but maybe by five or ten per cent. [...]

November 12, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 2