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Camille Serme interview: I was happy to play in France rather than go to a bigger event in China

Camille Serme interview: I was happy to play in France rather than go to a bigger event in China

‘The whole week in Nantes was amazing’ Interview by JEROME ELHAIK – Squash Mad Correspondent A few months after les Bleues clinched their first ever European Team Championship, French women’s squash had another major success last weekend: carried by an ecstatic crowd, Camille Serme won the open de France at the Château des Ducs de [...]

September 17, 2019 Jerome Elhaik Interviews, News 0

Nantes Blog, Day 4: C’est Serme-sationel au Château!

Nantes Blog, Day 4: C’est Serme-sationel au Château!

French crowd go crazy for Camille  By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Roving Reporter So finals day has arrived and after yesterday’s semis, promise to provide another fantastic spectacle at the Château des Ducs de Bretagne. I am especially looking forward to the women’s final as the French No. 1 will try to become the [...]

September 15, 2019 James Roberts News 0

Paul Coll and Camille Serme take Nantes titles

Paul Coll and Camille Serme take Nantes titles

Serme sinks Sobhy to claim home win By MATT COLES – Squash Mad Correspondent World No.3, and home favourite, Camille Serme, and New Zealand’s Paul Coll are the champions of the Open de France – Nantes 2019 presented by Tailor Capital, after they won their respective matches at the Chateau des ducs de Bretagne on [...]

September 14, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Nantes Blog Day 3: Makin our presence felt on semi-finals day

Nantes Blog Day 3: Makin our presence felt on semi-finals day

Great to see sports retail brand Decathlon teaming up with squash By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Roving Reporter It was a very early start for me yesterday as I had to catch a ‘Flixbus’ from Angers to Nantes at 7am. Flixbus is quite a new phenomenon in France, being their equivalent of National Express, [...]

September 14, 2019 James Roberts Fun Stuff, News 0

Mak-nifique! Joel Makin wins marathon battle to halt home hero Greg Marche

Mak-nifique! Joel Makin wins marathon battle to halt home hero Greg Marche

Serme meets Sobhy in Nantes women’s final By MATT COLES – Squash Mad Correspondent Welshman Joel Makin fought back from two games down to reach the final of the Open de France – Nantes 2019 presented by Tailor Capital after beating home favourite Gregoire Marche in front of a partisan crowd at the Chateau des [...]

September 14, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Nantes Blog, Day Two: Another day, another chateau …

Nantes Blog, Day Two: Another day, another chateau …

Casting light on a great business model for squash By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Roving Reporter After a great night’s sleep, my friend Etienne takes me by car to revisit the club where I played as an exchange student at the Faculte de Lettres at Angers University, Squash du Lac de Maine. This club, [...]

September 13, 2019 James Roberts Fun Stuff, News 0

No.2 seeds Coll and Perry survive scares in France

No.2 seeds Coll and Perry survive scares in France

Willstrop falls to Zahed; Nantes semi-finals switch to best of five By MATT COLES – Squash Mad Correspondent New Zealand’s Paul Coll and England’s Sarah-Jane Perry are through to the semi finals of the Open de France – Nantes after both surviving scares in their last eight clashes at the Chateau des ducs de Bretagne. [...]

September 13, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Cash boost takes US Open prize fund to $371,000

Cash boost takes US Open prize fund to $371,000

  World’s best head for season’s first PSA Platinum event in Philly By ELLIE MAWSON – Squash Mad Correspondent The world’s top squash players will compete for the first PSA Platinum title of the 2019-20 season between October 5-12 as Philadelphia’s Drexel University hosts the 2019 FS Investments U.S Open Squash Championships. The U.S. Open [...]

September 12, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Nantes Blog, Day One: Planes, trains and automobiles

Nantes Blog, Day One: Planes, trains and automobiles

I woke up to the headline ‘Greg Marches on’ By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Roving Reporter With five days of clothing, toiletries, playing gear, rackets, shoes, numerous World Squash Day shirts, several bottles of craft beer and two giant bars of Cadbury’s chocolate (gifts for French friends), I never thought you could pack so [...]

September 12, 2019 James Roberts Fun Stuff, News 0

Women’s Squash Week sets new targets

Women’s Squash Week sets new targets

Move to attract more female coaches By DONNA HELMER – Squash Mad Correspondent Women’s Squash Week returns from September 23-29 to raise the profile of women’s squash across England and the world. The week-long campaign will celebrate and showcase women’s squash at every level from playing to coaching and highlight the contribution women make to [...]

September 12, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Joel Makin and Greg Marche make it a special night in Nantes

Joel Makin and Greg Marche make it a special night in Nantes

Top seed Rosner is out as Hammamy halts Waters By MATT COLES – Squash Mad Correspondent in Nantes France’s Gregoire Marche is through to the semi finals of the Open de France – Nantes 2019 presented by Tailor Capital after a spectacular victory over Germany’s top seed Simon Rösner at the glorious Chateau des ducs [...]

September 11, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Reigning Nantes champions are shattered at the Chateau

Reigning Nantes champions are shattered at the Chateau

James and Gilis fall to Castagnet and Whitlock By MATT COLES in Nantes Both Nele Gilis and Declan James, the winners of the last year’s titles, are out of this year’s Open de France – Nantes, after being beaten by England’s Emily Whitlock and France’s Mathieu Castagnet at the spectacular Chateau des ducs de Bretagne. [...]

September 11, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Selby falls to Lake as French wild cards advance in Nantes

Selby falls to Lake as French wild cards advance in Nantes

French celebrate early success in Nantes By MATT COLES – Squash Mad Correspondent in Nantes There was a major English shock as France’s Benjamin Aubert and Enora Villard have made the most of their wildcard spots, as they both won their first round matches at the Open de France – Nantes 2019 presented by Tailor [...]

September 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

“Squash à la Franglaise”: Nantes Open builds on Anglo-French “Squash Twinning”

“Squash à la Franglaise”: Nantes Open builds on Anglo-French “Squash Twinning”

“Squash à la Franglaise”: Nantes Open builds on Anglo-French “Squash Twinning” By JAMES ROBERTS – Squash Mad Reporter France and Britain: two great nations so close geographically and yet so different. We may take the mickey out of each other, with our “Frogs” and “Rosbif” jibes, but despite past conflicts, cultural differences and superficial disdain, [...]

September 9, 2019 James Roberts Growing the game, News 0

Laura Massaro to take on mentoring role at England Squash

Laura Massaro to take on mentoring role at England Squash

‘I have a lot of experience and knowledge to pass on and I’m looking forward to it’ By DONNA HALMER – Squash Mad Correspondent England Squash has finalised a long-term mentoring agreement with Laura Massaro that will see the former World No.1 develop and nurture England’s younger generation of female players. Massaro, 35, called time [...]

September 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0