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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

Daryl Selby’s freak eye injury sparks new debate on goggles

Daryl Selby’s freak eye injury sparks new debate on goggles

At the top level, performance takes priority over safety issues By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The subject of eye protection in squash hit the headlines again after England captain Daryl Selby suffered a freak eye injury in his National Championships match against Ollie Pett. With their first round match just a few minutes [...]

February 15, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 18

Balls and Walls: A wonderful weekend with the Willstrops

Balls and Walls: A wonderful weekend with the Willstrops

King James Lord’s it at the Cumberland Club By GORDON KERR – Squash Mad Correspondent England’s capital city was at the epicentre of world squash at the weekend with the finals of the London Open at the historic Cumberland Club and, a few miles south in the Surrey suburbs, the Channel VAS tournament at the [...]

November 25, 2019 Gordon Kerr BALLS AND WALLS, Comment, News 0

Squash can lead the way with community health projects

Squash can lead the way with community health projects

Sport England team up with medical profession to launch Active Charter By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash clubs have an amazing opportunity to play a leading role in delivering community health benefits .  As part of the advice given to clubs who take part in World Squash Day, I have been encouraging the [...]

August 20, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 0

Squash legends provide a chorus of tributes for Ramy Ashour

Squash legends provide a chorus of tributes for Ramy Ashour

‘He was a genius at work and a pleasure to play with’ says Nick Matthew By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Ramy Ashour’s retirement provoked a massive response from the global squash community, mixing sadness at his departure from the professional tour with enormous gratitude at the way his astonishing skills and smiling demeanour [...]

April 24, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 3

My addictive quest to be a Time Lord of Squash

My addictive quest to be a Time Lord of Squash

  Your brain has to master four dimensions before you can master squash By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Columnist Why is squash so addictive if you are that way inclined? This is a question that has puzzled me ever since I started playing around 10 years ago. Why, because having never played a racket sport [...]

April 15, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Fun Stuff, News 1

Let’s tidy up the rules on lets and strokes

Let’s tidy up the rules on lets and strokes

It’s all far too confusing – even for the pros!  By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Columnist Now, I know this may be controversial. But I am just going to come straight out with it. The rules on strokes and lets are just too confusing. The rules are opaque and difficult to apply. Judging by [...]

March 21, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Growing the game, News 5

Squash and the Olympics: Here’s why computer games will be miles ahead of us

Squash and the Olympics: Here’s why computer games will be miles ahead of us

Virtual sports are big business By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor When pondering why squash has been overlooked yet again for the Olympics, understanding the impact of fun activities like breakdancing and skateboarding is one thing. Accepting why eSports (computer games) are also likely to be miles ahead of squash is another. The IOC [...]

March 19, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

Olympics setback: WSF and PSA demand answers from IOC

Olympics setback: WSF and PSA demand answers from IOC

Youth Olympics likely to be next target for squash By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The World Squash Federation (WSF) and the Professional Squash Association (PSA) have demanded answers from the IOC following the sport’s latest Olympic setback. Squash’s latest Olympic bid was stopped in its tracks within a few days of being launched [...]

March 19, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

An Open Letter to our Junior Players

An Open Letter to our Junior Players

‘Squash needs advocates and ambassadors more in touch with popular culture’ By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Correspondent Squash may have lost its way down the generations. From the dizzy heights of millions of players battling to book courts in the boom years of the 1980s, the game has struggled to halt a steady slide [...]

March 9, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Squash and success is a numbers game: A call to action for World Squash Day

Squash and success is a numbers game: A call to action for World Squash Day

We need to break through these barriers to our sport or new players will go elsewhere By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Correspondent The failure to once again get into the Olympics feels like a hammer blow to our sport. It is not. The future of our sport is in our hands. But, let’s face [...]

February 28, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Growing the game, News 3

So, where now for this beautiful game?

So, where now for this beautiful game?

We need leadership, teamwork and a clear vision to grow the game   By CHRIS SARGENT – Squash Mad Correspondent (Grove Park Squash Club) So, where now for the real, beautiful game of squash? Clearly, the news about squash being excluded from the Paris 2024 Olympics is very disappointing. Particularly for all the talented youngsters out [...]

February 23, 2019 Chris Sargent Comment, Growing the game, News 5

Essay: The power, precision and perplexity of squash

Essay: The power, precision and perplexity of squash

Squash and TV is a lingering issue for these amazing athletes By HECTOR CAPPELLETTI – Squash Mad Guest Columnist Squash Mad is delighted to welcome guest columnist Hector Cappelletti. Hector normally writes about cricket, but we are pleased to reproduce his column on his visit to St George’s Hill to watch the Channel VAS Championship. [...]

October 22, 2018 Hector Cappelletti Comment, News 2

Any business people out there prepared to take a new punt on squash?

Any business people out there prepared to take a new punt on squash?

Bitter-sweet memories planning World Squash Day and a club reunion By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor On top of organising World Squash Day, and pestering clubs and federations all over the planet to pull their fingers out to promote the sport, I have also been involved in planning a big squash reunion in November. Both [...]

September 26, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 18