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Alan’s Blog: Tune up for World Squash Day with the ideal song for squash

Alan’s Blog: Tune up for World Squash Day with the ideal song for squash

World Squash Day anthem by Darren Hanlon By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Twitter was abuzz this week with lots of fun posts about the ideal song for squash. There are plenty of songs about walls, and thanks to Jerry Lee Lewis, we have Great Balls of Fire, which Cam Pilley might adopt (just for [...]

October 21, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Fun Stuff, News, Squash Around The World 1

Alan’s Blog: Showcasing the sport in sumptuous venues

Alan’s Blog: Showcasing the sport in sumptuous venues

Packed venues bring top-class squash to new levels of drama By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The successful delivery of the US Open, with the jumbotron screen above the glass court inside the Drexel University sports arena, the San Francisco Bay Bridge towering over the court at the NetSuite Open, and the spectacular renaissance of [...]

October 16, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Racquetball salutes lessons learned from SquashTV

Racquetball salutes lessons learned from SquashTV

Squash’s video output dwarfs racquetball efforts in the USA By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor My friend Freddy Ramirez writes a terrifically engaging racquetball blog called Restrung Magazine. We have been communicating online for some years and frequently discuss ways in which racquetball (or racketball) can find some harmony with squash to produce some mutually [...]

October 11, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News, Racketball 8

Rush is on for 2017 Canary Wharf tickets

Rush is on for 2017 Canary Wharf tickets

Seventh sell-out in a row expected  By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor A mad scramble is under way after tickets went on sale this morning for the 2017 Canary Wharf Squash Classic. A week of world-class sporting drama, with 70,000 dollars of prize money on offer, returns to the superb East Wintergarden venue from March [...]

October 7, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Nick Matthew says: Join me on court for World Squash Day

Nick Matthew says: Join me on court for World Squash Day

‘Every top player started out by playing at their local squash club’ says three-time world champion By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Three-times world champion Nick Matthew is encouraging every squash club on the planet to open their doors to support World Squash Day 2016. World Squash Day takes place on Saturday October 22nd and [...]

September 28, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Mr and Mrs Racketball ignore name change

Mr and Mrs Racketball ignore name change

Rackets Academy leaders question the wisdom of new name By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Further opposition to plans to rename racketball as Squash 57 is surfacing in Yorkshire by the organisers of a popular racketball series aimed at grass-roots players. The Rackets Academy, run by long-time Chapel Allerton coach Peter Edwards and his fiancee Elspeth [...]

September 13, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, Racketball 5

Squash Mad investigation: Parent takes Pakistan federation to court

Squash Mad investigation: Parent takes Pakistan federation to court

New evidence from Pakistan in over-age scandal By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Fresh evidence has emerged from Pakistan concerning the scandal of the national federation deliberately selecting over-age junior players. A parent of a leading junior player claims his son was wrongly declared as an over-age player to prevent him competing against other juniors [...]

September 13, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Farewell to Alison, Mike, Geoff and Rick

Farewell to Alison, Mike, Geoff and Rick

Tributes to Kent squash stalwarts By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor What a desperately sad few weeks, saying farewell to four friends who were heavily involved in squash. All four had strong Kent connections. RIP: Alison Henley Mike Plummer Geoff Leach Rick Hubbard Alison Henley, one of the most respected squash administrators in England, died [...]

September 6, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, Squash Around The World 0

As we warned, Squash 57 rebranding exercise is laughed out of court

As we warned, Squash 57 rebranding exercise is laughed out of court

Clubs, coaches, players and racket manufacturers all refuse to play ball with name change By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor As we warned the other day, attempts are being made to officially rebrand racketball as Squash 57. The news was officially announced today by the World Squash Federation to a chorus of disbelief and derision [...]

August 30, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News, Racketball 12

Racketball: 57 guesses to come up with a new name

Racketball: 57 guesses to come up with a new name

Stand by for a racketball revolution as new name is about to be announced By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor News reaches Squash Mad HQ from our outer space branch office that a decision has been reached for a new name for racketball.  Please bear in mind that not a single racketball (or racquetball) player asked for [...]

August 26, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News, Racketball 15

Comment: Why squash does NOT need the Olympics

Comment: Why squash does NOT need the Olympics

Few, if any benefits would accrue from a place at the tainted top table COMMENT: By A Squash Professional   On the eve of the 2016 Olympic Games, with the event already mired in the usual allegations of crime, corruption and drug-related controversy, a former professional squash player, now a leading coach, debates whether squash needs [...]

August 4, 2016 Guest Contributor Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 6

Alan’s Blog: What kind of Olympics would we like to be part of?

Alan’s Blog: What kind of Olympics would we like to be part of?

As top golfers avoid Rio, Olympic ideals come under the microscope By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor James Willstrop wrote another impassioned plea for squash to be included in the Olympic Games after Rory McIlroy became the latest golfer to announce that he would not be competing in the Rio Games next month. Willstrop’s Blog, [...]

July 25, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Gregory Gaultier and Cam Pilley rock the crowds in Malta

Gregory Gaultier and Cam Pilley rock the crowds in Malta

Battle On The Rock to headline Malta Squash Festival in 2017 By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor World champion Gregory Gaultier and Australian power-hitter Cameron Pilley delighted a packed gallery at the Cynergi Club in Malta in a rematch of their recent PSA World Series Final clash. Gaultier repeated his 3-1 victory in Dubai to [...]

June 13, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Alan’s Blog: Olympic bid high on the agenda as five new sports are accepted by the IOC in Tokyo

Alan’s Blog: Olympic bid high on the agenda as five new sports are accepted by the IOC in Tokyo

London summit to decide who controls squash’s future Olympic bids By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Squash’s Olympic aspirations, and recent history of failing bids, will be high on the agenda tomorrow during an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the World Squash Federation in London. The world of squash had to look on in astonishment [...]

June 2, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 5

Tom Ford meets Joel Makin in Kent Open final

Tom Ford meets Joel Makin in Kent Open final

Top seed Charles Sharpes loses bitter battle on racket-throwing conduct stroke By ALAN THATCHER    Top seed and reigning champion Charles Sharpes crashed out of the Select Gaming PSA M10 Kent Open after a dramatic and often physical contest with Welsh No.2 Joel Makin. This bitter, ugly clash ended with Sharpes receiving a conduct stroke [...]

May 29, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0