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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

New columnist Barry Watkins: How squash needs to become a glamour sport

New columnist Barry Watkins: How squash needs to become a glamour sport

‘We need a more positive image to grow squash again’ By BARRY WATKINS – Squash Mad Columnist There has been a lot of negative posting about squash on social media during the past few weeks and months over clubs closing down, squash not being in the Olympics and the current issue of David Lloyd Clubs [...]

August 27, 2018 Barry Watkins Comment, Growing the game, News 11

More corporate spin as squash players lose the fight to halt David Lloyd court closures

More corporate spin as squash players lose the fight to halt David Lloyd court closures

CEO: ‘We will look at saving the courts at Gidea Park’ Club manager: ‘They close on September 10th’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Campaigning squash players appear to have lost the fight to persuade David Lloyd Clubs to halt plans to close most of their squash courts across the UK. David Lloyd Clubs [...]

August 11, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 1

Silence from David Lloyd Clubs as furious squash players fight to stop court closures

Silence from David Lloyd Clubs as furious squash players fight to stop court closures

‘Lying to players on Twitter is very disappointing for a company of your standing’ By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor I am not sure if Glenn Earlam, the chief executive of David Loyd Clubs knows, or cares, that Laura Massaro, one of his members at the David Lloyd club in Chorley, has won the British [...]

August 8, 2018 Alan Thatcher Comment, News 1

World Masters vets show how to play, and how to party!

World Masters vets show how to play, and how to party!

Hips, knees and woes all part of the marvellous Masters experience By AUBREY WADDY – Squash Mad Special Correspondent Serena Williams received huge praise for her achievements in June at Wimbledon. Serena not only competed at the 2018 Championships, within twelve months of delivering her first child, but actually reached the final. The biennial 2018 [...]

August 8, 2018 Guest Contributor Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game, News 4

Alan’s Blog: Squash players make a racket as David Lloyd closes courts for an untried fitness circuit

Alan’s Blog: Squash players make a racket as David Lloyd closes courts for an untried fitness circuit

Fury at ‘dishonest’ media response from David Lloyd Clubs By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor Squash players all over the UK are up in arms at plans by David Lloyd Clubs to close the majority of their squash courts to make way for a new fitness circuit called Blaze. The gym and rackets-sports chain were [...]

August 6, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 7