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Saurav Ghosal: India is on a war footing but we must all contribute to keep squash clubs alive

Saurav Ghosal: India is on a war footing but we must all contribute to keep squash clubs alive

‘People will be more keen to play than ever once normal life returns’  By GEOFF BEW – Squash Mad Correspondent The PSA World Tour is unlikely to resume this season due to the coronavirus, says one of the world’s top players. Saurav Ghosal believes it would be optimistic to think tournaments could be up and [...]

March 26, 2020 Geoff Bew Interviews, News 0

Victor Crouin and Baptiste Masotti: France on lockdown but training still goes on

Victor Crouin and Baptiste Masotti: France on lockdown but training still goes on

No return to Harvard but life goes on for Crouin By ALAN THATCHER and JEROME ELHAIK Squash in France is on lockdown because of the Coronavirus. But that hasn’t stopped French players Baptiste Masotti and Victor Crouin, ranked 41 and 42 in the world, from arranging daily training sessions.  Both players have enjoyed a successful [...]

March 26, 2020 Alan Thatcher News 0

Amanda Sobhy coping with Coronavirus lockdown with a smile, a song and some fun workouts

Amanda Sobhy coping with Coronavirus lockdown with a smile, a song and some fun workouts

‘After my injury I’m a master at being OK with not being able to play squash’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Amanda Sobhy, the US No.1 and world No.8, is keeping busy staying fit and living life to the max during the global lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Her sunny personality, and [...]

March 25, 2020 Alan Thatcher Fun Stuff, Interviews, News 0

English trio Gina Kennedy, Lucy Beecroft and Amelia Henley in 2019-2020 All-America College teams

English trio Gina Kennedy, Lucy Beecroft and Amelia Henley in 2019-2020 All-America College teams

Cavaliers trio first nominees from UVA By College Squash Reporters The College Squash Association (CSA) presented the 2019-2020 All-America teams on Tuesday. The All-America selections have exhibited the highest standard of college squash excellence both during the regular season and throughout championship play. Representatives from 12 different CSA member institutions make up the men’s and [...]

March 25, 2020 Guest Contributor News 0

Coronavirus: No more blokey jokes as Australia shuts down for six months

Coronavirus: No more blokey jokes as Australia shuts down for six months

  All indoor sporting venues have to close in the next 24 hours By ALEXIA CLONDA – Squash Mad Correspondent All squash courts in Australia will be closed down following the latest directive from The Commonwealth and State Governments. I have just heard the announcement that we are shutting down in response to the coronavirus [...]

March 22, 2020 Guest Contributor News 0

Letter from Australia: Borders are closed but the National Squash Centre is still open

Letter from Australia: Borders are closed but the National Squash Centre is still open

Carrara Centre stays open but hygiene rules are in place Letter from Down Under: By ALEXIA CLONDA – Squash Mad Correspondent (First posted March 21) Australia’s borders are closed but the National Squash Centre is still open. Here Down Under we have just closed our borders, our two major airlines have halted all international flights, [...]

March 21, 2020 Guest Contributor News 0

Squash club claims “it’s a stitch-up” as Prime Minister ‘asks’ UK sports clubs to close

Squash club claims “it’s a stitch-up” as Prime Minister ‘asks’ UK sports clubs to close

Boris shuts bars, and squash clubs are expected to follow By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor All squash clubs in the UK are expected to close to avoid the risk of spreading the coronavirus, following a government announcement today. However, one club chairman claimed the guidance was only advisory and called it a “stitch-up”. [...]

March 20, 2020 Alan Thatcher News 0

Squash selected for 2021 PanAm Junior Games

Squash selected for 2021 PanAm Junior Games

Sports city Cali to host pathway event to 2023 senior PanAm Games By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent Squash is one of 30 sports selected to participate in the inaugural Junior Pan American Games next year in the Colombian city of Cali. The Cali 2021 Junior Pan American Games will take place from [...]

March 20, 2020 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

Coronavirus, coaching and cash: Coaches share their views on the shutdown

Coronavirus, coaching and cash: Coaches share their views on the shutdown

‘I am worried about by immune system, I have cancelled all my lessons and I won’t be able to pay my rent’  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Two squash coaches based on the south coast have shared their experiences concerning the impact on their lives of the coronavirus pandemic. Zoë Shardlow and Brian [...]

March 19, 2020 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, News 0

How squash is coping with Coronavirus pandemic

How squash is coping with Coronavirus pandemic

As many nations order courts to close, some UK clubs carry on with hygiene advice for members Squash Mad Reporting Team: ALAN THATCHER, JAMES ROBERTS, ALEX WAN Squash clubs across the globe are taking a mixed approach in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Some are closing their doors completely, while others are staying open and [...]

March 19, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 3

Respect at the heart of Canary Wharf epic between Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag

Respect at the heart of Canary Wharf epic between Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag

Skills and sportsmanship make it a special occasion in final men’s battle before PSA Tour shuts down By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The quality of the squash was simply breathtaking; brilliant shot-making matched by some unbelievable retrieving. But one of the main talking points surrounding Friday’s final of the St. James’s Place Canary [...]

March 15, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 1

Gina Kennedy and Marwan Tarek make it a Harvard double in College Individual finals

Gina Kennedy and Marwan Tarek make it a Harvard double in College Individual finals

Gina finishes college career with third Ramsay Cup triumph By College Squash Reporters Georgina Kennedy and Marwan Tarek, both of Harvard University, won their respective 2020 College Squash Association (CSA) National Collegiate Individual Championships at the University of Pennsylvania Squash Center in Philadelphia, PA. Kennedy, a senior and four-time finalist, captured her third Ramsay Cup, [...]

March 15, 2020 Guest Contributor News 0

Mohamed ElShorbagy wins Canary Wharf title before virus ban stops squash

Mohamed ElShorbagy wins Canary Wharf title before virus ban stops squash

Mohamed-Ali’s epic Canary Wharf final is one to remember By ALAN THATCHER, GEOFF BEW and MATT COLES Egypt’s World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy claimed the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic title for the second time in his career after he prevailed in a terrific final against World No.2, and compatriot, Ali Farag at the spectacular [...]

March 14, 2020 Alan Thatcher News 1

Canary Wharf and Black Ball will carry on as PSA suspend World Tour until end of April due to Covid-19 virus

Canary Wharf and Black Ball will carry on as PSA suspend World Tour until end of April due to Covid-19 virus

Current events Canary Wharf Classic and Black Ball Open allowed to go ahead  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The PSA (Professional Squash Association) have announced the suspension of the World Tour until the end of April due to the widespread effects of the Covid-19 virus. The release was issued at 11.45 am today, [...]

March 13, 2020 Alan Thatcher News 0

Ali Farag and Mohamed ElShorbagy set up a real Canary Wharf classic

Ali Farag and Mohamed ElShorbagy set up a real Canary Wharf classic

Stars hit top form as they set up London showdown By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Egypt’s World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World No.2 Ali Farag both look to be in top form as they prepare to meet in the final of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic after defeating compatriots Tarek Momen [...]

March 13, 2020 Alan Thatcher News 0