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Massive success as World Squash Day attracts thousands of newcomers to the sport

Massive success as World Squash Day attracts thousands of newcomers to the sport

‘Squash is the greatest game in the world’ says Aussie legend Rhonda Thorne By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Maria Toorpakai, Nicol David, Joel Makin, Declan James, Daryl Selby, Greg Lobban, Campbell Grayson, Nick Matthew, Sarah-Jane Perry, Nick Taylor, Mike Harris, Brad Hindle, Rhonda Thorne, Ritwik Bhattacharya and Pakistani legends Jahangir Khan, Jansher Khan [...]

October 14, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Egyptian duo Nouran Gohar and Ali Farag are 2019 U.S. Open champions

Egyptian duo Nouran Gohar and Ali Farag are 2019 U.S. Open champions

Gohar fights back to win from match ball down in thriller By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent Egyptian duo Nouran Gohar and Ali Farag captured the 2019 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships titles earlier today at Philadelphia’s Drexel University after overcoming compatriots Nour El Tayeb and Mohamed ElShorbagy to win the first PSA [...]

October 13, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Husband and wife Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb aim for another historic double

Husband and wife Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb aim for another historic double

US Open finals are all-Egyptian battles after power-play spectacle By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent Two years on from their historic title triumphs at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships, married couple Nour El Tayeb and Ali Farag have once again reached the finals of the PSA Platinum event as all four semi-final [...]

October 12, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Camille Serme sinks Amanda Sobhy to halt home hopes in Philly

Camille Serme sinks Amanda Sobhy to halt home hopes in Philly

‘I tried to make the rallies long and hard’ says former champion By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent French No.2 seed Camille Serme put in an immaculate performance to defeat the only American player left in the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships draw, Amanda Sobhy, to book her place in the semi-finals of [...]

October 11, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Peru’s Diego Elias topples Karim Gawad to score historic US Open triumph

Peru’s Diego Elias topples Karim Gawad to score historic US Open triumph

First South American to reach US Open semi-finals By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent IntroPeru’s World No.7 Diego Elias will become the first South American to appear in the semi-finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after he came back from a game down to overcome World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad at [...]

October 10, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Spirit of World Squash Day shines in India as Ritwik Bhattacharya teaches the game to tribal children

Spirit of World Squash Day shines in India as Ritwik Bhattacharya teaches the game to tribal children

‘It’s a privilege to be doing what I’m doing’ says the man changing the face of squash in India By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Former Indian number one Ritwik Bhattacharya, a regular and talented competitor on the PSA World Tour for many years and now a successful coach and promoter, is staging one [...]

October 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 0

Amanda Sobhy carries home hopes into US Open quarter-finals

Amanda Sobhy carries home hopes into US Open quarter-finals

Rematch of Nantes final as Sobhy meets Serme again By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy booked her place in the quarter-finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after beating India’s Joshna Chinappa in straight games earlier today at the PSA Platinum event taking place at Philadelphia’s Drexel [...]

October 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Hong Kong Open postponed due to security fears

Hong Kong Open postponed due to security fears

Riots force event to look at new dates in 2020 By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The Hong Kong Open has been postponed because of security fears brought on by the current unrest in the Chinese territory. Weeks of anti-government protests have seen violence escalate to the point of police firing live ammunition into [...]

October 8, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Egyptian teenager Rowan Elaraby conquers world No.6 Joelle King

Egyptian teenager Rowan Elaraby conquers world No.6 Joelle King

US Open shock as 19-year-old saves two match balls By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent Two-time World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby claimed the biggest PSA Tour win of her career to date earlier at Philadelphia’s Drexel University as she overturned two match balls to scalp New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King at the FS [...]

October 8, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Veteran Golan makes ElShorbagy graft for US Open win

Veteran Golan makes ElShorbagy graft for US Open win

Momen finds it tough against Al Tamimi   By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent Defending champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily got their title challenges under way at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships earlier today as they booked their round three spots at the PSA Platinum event held at Drexel University. ElShorbagy [...]

October 7, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

PSA stars past and present join the fun on World Squash Day

PSA stars past and present join the fun on World Squash Day

Nick Matthew leads massive day of action in England  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor PSA stars past and present are making a racket to support World Squash Day. Former world champion Nick Matthew is spearheading a week-long project at his lifelong training base, the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club in Sheffield. Matthew, who [...]

October 7, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

American quartet advance on day one of US Open

American quartet advance on day one of US Open

‘Fans helped me through’ says delighted Douglas By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent The opening day of the 2019 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships saw an American quartet – Andrew Douglas, Olivia Blatchford Clyne, Sabrina Sobhy and Olivia Fiechter – claim victories to move into round two of the PSA Platinum tournament taking [...]

October 6, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Canary Wharf tickets on general sale today

Canary Wharf tickets on general sale today

Another East Wintergarden sell-out on the cards  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash is one of the fastest games on the planet – and squash fans need to be up to speed to grab the hottest tournament tickets in London. Tickets for the 2020 Canary Wharf Squash Classic go on general sale today [...]

October 4, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Black Ball Club, home to the stars and setting their sights on keeping Egypt on top of the world

Black Ball Club, home to the stars and setting their sights on keeping Egypt on top of the world

11 Points With Ashraf Hanafi: ‘Our target is to be the biggest squash club in the world’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The Black Ball Sporting Club in New Cairo has enjoyed an outstanding first year of operations, staging two major professional tournaments and laying the foundations for future growth by implementing one [...]

October 4, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Nick Matthew Academy sparks a week of special events in the build-up to World Squash Day

Nick Matthew Academy sparks a week of special events in the build-up to World Squash Day

Former world champion offers free taster sessions at Hallamshire By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Former world champion Nick Matthew is leading a whole week of activities at the Hallamshire Club in Sheffield in the build-up to World Squash Day. Nick, who lifted the world title three times, alongside a hat-trick of British Open [...]

October 3, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0