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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

Charlottesville paints a Masters masterpiece

Charlottesville paints a Masters masterpiece

Big wins for local hero Patrick Chifunda and  Mexico’s Juan Mendez By ALEXIA CLONDA – Squash Mad Reporter in Charlottesville You run out of superlatives talking about what a marvellous facility the McArthur Squash Centre is in Charlottesville, venue for the 2018 World Masters. With 12 glassbacks, a three-sided glass court and a full glass [...]

August 4, 2018 Guest Contributor Comment, News 0

Squash Mad Comment: Harsh rule opens the door to some odd calls

Squash Mad Comment: Harsh rule opens the door to some odd calls

Camille Serme is punished for opening the court door in Dubai By KIEFER WAITE – Squash Mad Corespondent The first semi-final match of the World Series Finals between Nour El Sherbini and Camille Serme was unfortunately overshadowed by a slightly silly rule that has been recently implemented by the PSA. In a very close and [...]

June 10, 2018 Kiefer Waite Comment, Growing the game, News 41

With heart rate reaching 199 beats per minute, new data suggests squash could be world’s toughest racket sport

With heart rate reaching 199 beats per minute, new data suggests squash could be world’s toughest racket sport

Wiring up Ramy Ashour and Tarek Momen delivers amazing data By SEAN REUTHE and ALAN THATCHER   The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has released new data captured through innovative partnerships with Sports Data Labs and interactiveSquash that suggests squash could be the most physically demanding racket sport in the world. Through the use of pioneering [...]

April 10, 2018 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game, News 6

Nick Matthew weighs in as refs get tough on lets in Gold Coast

Nick Matthew weighs in as refs get tough on lets in Gold Coast

Players taken by surprise by referees’ get-tough policy By ALAN THATCHER, Squash Mad Editor NICK MATTHEW has joined the debate that has sprung up over a sudden “get-tough” refereeing policy at the Commonwealth Games. Officials have clearly been instructed to clamp down on lets, but the result has led to a chorus of confusion among [...]

April 9, 2018 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 18

Best-of-three debate: In search of squash’s identity

Best-of-three debate: In search of squash’s identity

Squash has a history of change By CRAIG PARKINSON – Squash Mad Guest Columnist   I was fascinated to see the trial of the best-of-three (BO3) scoring system during the hugely successful Canary Wharf Classic. It set me thinking, to what extent is squash suffering from an identity crisis? And what impact will the introduction [...]

March 12, 2018 Craig Parkinson Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Best of Three: How about trying best of seven?

Best of Three: How about trying best of seven?

The game needs more pressure points – here’s an idea to make it happen  By PAUL MAIN    Best of three? What’s the point? In a doff of my cap to Daryl Selby and Cameron Pilley, I could call this piece Comment from the Balcony as that’s generally where I am at pro events! Much debate [...]

March 7, 2018 Guest Contributor Comment, Growing the game, News 3

New columnist Ashley Davies: I’m tipping Gregory Gaultier and Laura Massaro to win in Dubai

New columnist Ashley Davies: I’m tipping Gregory Gaultier and Laura Massaro to win in Dubai

Dubai World Series Finals will be a great showcase By ASHLEY DAVIES – Squash Mad Correspondent   What a fantastic season of squash it has been. I have never seen such active competition for the world number one spot. With players earning the one spot for the first time in their careers, players having to relinquish [...]

June 4, 2017 Ashley Davies Comment, News 0

The Fear of Coming Out: Alexia Clonda reveals the pain she endured on tour

The Fear of Coming Out: Alexia Clonda reveals the pain she endured on tour

‘People spat at me and insulted me’ says former professional player who came out in 1997 EXCLUSIVE: By ALEXIA CLONDA   The revelation in an interview by American writer James Zug that squash stars Rachael Grinham and Jenny Duncalf were squash’s first openly gay couple produced an overwhelming wave of support from throughout the squash [...]

May 28, 2017 Guest Contributor Comment, Growing the game, News 4