Squash Mad

All posts by Alan Thatcher

Marwan ElShorbagy aims for Chicago repeat one year after major breakthrough triumph

Marwan ElShorbagy aims for Chicago repeat one year after major breakthrough triumph

‘Beating my brother gave me a lot of confidence’ By SEAN REUTHE   World Championship runner-up Marwan ElShorbagy will return to the scene of one of his biggest ever victories on the PSA World Tour later this week when the Egyptian competes at the 2018 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family & EquiTrust [...]

February 20, 2018 Alan Thatcher Interviews, News 0

By the left, Peter Nicol and Peter Barker to star in Canary Wharf exhibition

By the left, Peter Nicol and Peter Barker to star in Canary Wharf exhibition

Fans can win a hit on court with legend Nicol By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor We’ll be rolling back the years on finals night in the Canary Wharf Classic next month as left-handers Peter Nicol MBE and Peter Barker star in an exhibition match. Former World Champion Peter Nicol MBE and former World No.5 [...]

February 16, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Canary Wharf welcomes new sponsors Veblen Wine and Ashmax Associates

Canary Wharf welcomes new sponsors Veblen Wine and Ashmax Associates

  Sponsors with a passion for squash By ALAN THATCHER    The Canary Wharf Squash Classic is delighted to welcome two new Associate Sponsors, Veblen Wine and financial planning and wealth management company Ashmax Associates, ahead of the 2018 tournament in March. This new partnership with the Canary Wharf Classic is inspired by leading figures [...]

February 14, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Matthew and Massaro top seeds in Nationals

Matthew and Massaro top seeds in Nationals

Best of British in Manchester By ALAN THATCHER   Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro have been named as top seeds by England Squash for next month’s Dunlop British National Squash Championships to be staged at the National Squash Centre in Manchester from February 15-18. Joining the defending champion and record nine-time champion Nick Matthew in [...]

January 26, 2018 Alan Thatcher News, Squash Around The World 0

Nick Matthew and James Willstrop seeded to clash at Canary Wharf

Nick Matthew and James Willstrop seeded to clash at Canary Wharf

Brutal 2010 semi-final one of the best matches in history By ALAN THATCHER   The 2018 Canary Wharf Classic could play host to the final chapter of one of squash’s most riveting rivalries in March, with England’s three-time world champion Nick Matthew and domestic rival James Willstrop seeded to meet in what would be an [...]

January 26, 2018 Alan Thatcher News 0

Simon Rösner stuns top seed Gregory Gaultier to reach Tournament of Champions final

Simon Rösner stuns top seed Gregory Gaultier to reach Tournament of Champions final

‘I’ve lost to him about 30 times and this is the best feeling in the world’ By ALAN THATCHER and SEAN REUTHE   World No.8 Simon Rösner became the first German squash player to reach a PSA World Series final after he stunned World No.1 Gregory Gaultier in the semi-finals of the 2018 J.P. Morgan [...]

January 25, 2018 Alan Thatcher News 0

Emotional night as Gregory Gaultier ends Nick Matthew’s Grand Central journey

Emotional night as Gregory Gaultier ends Nick Matthew’s Grand Central journey

Lifelong rival holds Matthew’s hand aloft after epic battle in New York By ALAN THATCHER and NATHAN CLARKE   Nick Matthew, one of the greatest champions of them all, bade an emotional farewell to Grand Central Terminal with his arm held aloft by Gregory Gaultier, the man who had just clinched victory in an epic [...]

January 23, 2018 Alan Thatcher News 0

Rooney and Turmel win British U-23 titles at Roehampton

Rooney and Turmel win British U-23 titles at Roehampton

By PAUL LINDSAY at the Roehampton Club   Patrick Rooney and Lucy Turmel won the Carter Jonas Under-23 British Open finals at the Roehampton Club. They were two entertaining encounters, showing the depth in potential in UK squash. The men’s final was a truly entertaining battle for the large crowd and a game that showed [...]

January 22, 2018 Alan Thatcher News, Squash Around The World 0

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

Windy City blows in with biggest ever prize fund for PSA World Series

Windy City blows in with biggest ever prize fund for PSA World Series

Total purse of $500,000 split between men and women in Chicago next month By SEAN REUTHE   The 2018 Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family and EquiTrust Life Insurance Company will become the most lucrative PSA World Series tournament ever next month when $500k of prize money will be split equally across both [...]

January 16, 2018 Alan Thatcher News 0

Mohamed ElShorbagy seeks first Canary Wharf title in March

Mohamed ElShorbagy seeks first Canary Wharf title in March

Prize money increase attracts galaxy of stars By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER   World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy is in line to make his first appearance at the prestigious Canary Wharf Classic for five years after the entry list for the PSA M100 tournament was released today (January 12). This year’s instalment of the Canary [...]

January 13, 2018 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, 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

Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily crowned world champions

Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily crowned world champions

‘I have won everything in the sport now, but my brother’s time will come’ By SEAN REUTHE in Manchester    Egyptian duo Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily are the 2017 AJ Bell PSA World Champions after an enthralling day of final action at Manchester Central Convention Complex saw both players enter the history books [...]

December 17, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

ElShorbagy brothers meet in World Championships final

ElShorbagy brothers meet in World Championships final

All-Egyptian finals in Manchester By SEAN REUTHE    Bristol-based brothers Mohamed and Marwan ElShorbagy will become the first siblings in history to contest the Men’s AJ Bell PSA World Championship when they go head-to-head in tomorrow’s (December 17) final on a day that will also see fellow Egyptians Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Welily [...]

December 16, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0

Marwan’s Manchester dream comes true as he takes out reigning world champion

Marwan’s Manchester dream comes true as he takes out reigning world champion

Egypt 6, France 2 in semi-finals By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER   Egypt’s World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy will appear in the semi-finals of the AJ Bell PSA World Championships for the first time in his career after he saw off defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad inside Manchester Central Convention Complex on day six of [...]

December 16, 2017 Alan Thatcher News 0