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Jahangir Khan backs World Squash Day project: Trade in your racket for a new one from UNSQUASHABLE and the old one goes to a good cause … plus you save £100

Jahangir Khan backs World Squash Day project:  Trade in your racket for a new one from UNSQUASHABLE and the old one goes to a good cause … plus you save £100

Jahangir Khan backs World Squash Day project: Trade in your racket for a new one from UNSQUASHABLE and the old one goes to a good cause … plus you save £100 By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Jahangir Khan, a 10-times British Open Champion and a former WSF President, is supporting the latest World [...]

October 3, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

On this day … how World Squash Day was born

On this day … how World Squash Day was born

On this day … how World Squash Day was born By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The world changed on this day in 2001 when two passenger planes were hijacked by terrorists and flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Many New York-based squash players were killed in the [...]

September 11, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 1

Women’s World Teams and British Junior Open fall to Covid restrictions

Women’s World Teams and British Junior Open fall to Covid restrictions

WSF hope to reschedule Women’s World Teams but BJO is cancelled By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The 2020 WSF World Women’s Team Championships and the 2021 British Junior Open are the latest casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic. The BJO has been cancelled but the WSF and the Malaysian SRA hope to reschedule the [...]

September 2, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Squash has lessons to learn as pickleball picks up big numbers

Squash has lessons to learn as pickleball picks up big numbers

Squash has lessons to learn as pickleball picks up some big numbers By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Pickleball is a new racket sport. Many squash players dismiss it, because the name sounds silly. However, boasting more than three million players in the USA, it is a rapidly growing activity that deserves closer attention. [...]

August 7, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

PSA plan provisional return to World Tour action

PSA plan provisional return to World Tour action

PSA World Tour returns with action in Manchester and Egypt By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The PSA World Tour resumes in September with the Manchester Open signalling the return to competitive play for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown began in March. The first events to appear since the shutdown will be [...]

August 6, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Anil Nayar, one of the best amateur players of all time

Anil Nayar, one of the best amateur players of all time

‘Turning professional was not for me’ says Hall of Famer Anil Nayar By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor I was expecting a book about squash. But the life story of former Indian and American national champion Anil Nayar is not just about squash. It’s a book about kindness, sportsmanship, honesty and decency. These are [...]

July 30, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

England Squash guidelines for a safe and cautious return to court

England Squash guidelines for a safe and cautious return to court

  Clubs instructed to fully engage in assessing the risks and managing a safe return to play By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor England Squash have published a comprehensive – and cautious – set of guidelines to enable squash clubs to reopen and return to play. The guide is published on the England Squash [...]

July 16, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 1

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