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NAO: Battle for world dominance resumes

NAO: Battle for world dominance resumes

By ALAN THATCHER North American Open Squash Championship 2011: World’s leading stars renew rivalry in Richmond By ALAN THATCHER World champion Nick Matthew will be seeking revenge from his great rival Ramy Ashour next week in the North American Open Squash Championship, which is being staged at the stylish Westwood Club in Richmond, Virginia. The [...]

February 18, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

ISS Canary Wharf Classic: Matthew seeks revenge

ISS Canary Wharf Classic: Matthew seeks revenge

ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic: Matthew lands revenge clash with Selby By ALAN THATCHER World champion Nick Matthew has an early opportunity to gain revenge over Daryl Selby following his shock defeat in the final of the British National Championship. The two English stars have been drawn to meet each other in the quarter-finals of [...]

February 18, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Canary Wharf Classic, News 1

NAO: Darwish pulls out

NAO: Darwish pulls out

By ALAN THATCHER No.3 seed Karim Darwish has pulled out of the North American Open, which starts next weekend in Richmond, Virginia. At this stage it is not clear if his withdrawal is due to injury or the political upheaval back home in Egypt. His absence means that the top half of the competition schedule [...]

February 12, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Overstretched Willstrop: I’m exhausted

Overstretched Willstrop: I’m exhausted

By ALAN THATCHER James Willstrop last night admitted that he felt “exhausted” after his shock defeat to Jonathan Kemp in the British Nationals – and felt that he should have taken a break during a busy autumn schedule. Willstrop said:  “I’ve had enough – I’m just not enjoying playing at the moment. There’s no point in [...]

February 12, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO: Top 8 seeds

NAO: Top 8 seeds

NORTH AMERICAN OPEN; Top eight seeds By ALAN THATCHER 1 Nick Matthew The reigning Richmond champion and runner up in 2009. He met Ramy Ashour in both finals. He is often compared to Peter Nicol, but Matthew has a more athletic, aggressive and physical dimension to his game. He returned to the sport stronger, fitter [...]

February 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO: Shabana v Palmer in First Round

NAO: Shabana v Palmer in First Round

NAO FIRST ROUND SHOWDOWNS: Great matches to watch out for: Ramy Ashour v Adrian Grant: Grant is one of the fittest guys on the tour and will be out to spring a major shock in Richmond. David Palmer v Amr Shabana: A fascinating first round clash between two former world champions. Normally you would only [...]

February 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

NAO PAST WINNERS

NAO PAST WINNERS

NAO EVENT HISTORY: RECENT RICHMOND FINALS 2004: Rodney Durbach (South Africa) beat Jan Koukal (Czech Republic) 15-8, 15-10, 15-11 2005: Shahid Zaman (Pakistan) beat Bradley Ball (England) 11-5, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9 2006: John White (Scotland) beat Adrian Grant (England) 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 2007: Anthony Ricketts (Australia) beat Lee Beachill (England) 11-8, 11-7, 12-10 2008: James [...]

February 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog 0

NAO action from Richmond

NAO action from Richmond

Pictures by Patricia Lyons www.patricialyonsphotography.com [...]

February 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, Photo Galleries, Videos 0

Behind the lens

Behind the lens

SNAP! Photographer Patricia Lyons, who has brilliantly recorded the growth of the North American Open on camera, is in the spotlight herself. Alan Thatcher joins her for a Pinot Noir and sets the questions. 1: Squash is one of the fastest sports on the planet. How do you cope professionally with that? Having the right [...]

February 11, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, Photo Galleries 0

Call me Popeye!

Call me Popeye!

By ALAN THATCHER Yes, you can call me Popeye if you like! Because my new, life-changing diet is based on the cartoon character’s favourite food, spinach. After years of following the wrong advice about sports nutrition, and over-eating carbohydrates, I have switched to a protein-rich diet with every main meal featuring healthy helpings of spinach. [...]

February 6, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, News 0

Biggest squash story in the world

Biggest squash story in the world

By ALAN THATCHER First published January 31; updated February 6 The biggest squash story in the world broke this week but you can be forgiven for not having seen it. An article on a small London squash club receiving a development grant of £6,500 was picked up by several national newspapers and the fallout is [...]

February 6, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Still going strong at 92

Still going strong at 92

What a wonderful article by Corey Kilgannon in the New York Times this week. He went along to the Yale Club in downtown NYC to see the 92-year-old Victor Elmaleh play Conor O’Malley from US Squash. It was obviously a conditioned match, with Conor under orders to hit the ball back to his opponent as [...]

February 5, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Casino Heights features in Brooklyn history

Casino Heights features in Brooklyn history

Lovely to read this post about the Heights Casino club in the Brooklyn Eagle website. A lot of squash enthusiasts don’t know the history of squash in America and are surprised to learn that clubs like HC are more than 100 years old. Here’s a picture of my old mate Linda Charman, now the senior [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

PSA: Egyptians in Detroit, a long way from Cairo

PSA: Egyptians in Detroit, a long way from Cairo

Students, athletes grapple with Egypt crisis Michigan residents struggle to get home as squash team worries about its homeland Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News Detroit— Metro Detroiters stuck in Egypt are frantically trying to flee the chaos, while visitors from the troubled country are praying for peace and scrambling for news from their homeland. On [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Canary Wharf injury crisis: What next?

Canary Wharf injury crisis: What next?

Photo (courtesy of www.canarywharfsquash.com) James Willstrop keels over with cramp A fascinating insight here  into how referees may “adjust” rules in the interests of sportsmanship. Rod Symington and Graham Walters deal with an issue that arose during last year’s ISS Canary Wharf Classic semi-final showdown between Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, when Willstrop dived full-length [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, Refs and Rules 1