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PSA make tentative plans to reopen World Tour

PSA make tentative plans to reopen World Tour

PSA ‘cautiously outline a roadmap for the return of the Tour’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The PSA are exploring all options in a bid to relaunch the World Tour as soon as possible, although it could be several more months until tournaments are back on the calendar. PSA staff, working from home [...]

May 26, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

Coronavirus: The facts and the fears as clubs plan to reopen

Coronavirus: The facts and the fears as clubs plan to reopen

Keeping clubs clean and safe: We can’t afford to get it wrong By MIKE HEGARTY and ALAN THATCHER  As squash clubs and federations make plans to reopen facilities – and some already have – I am publishing this article to make readers aware of the huge risks involved at every stage of such operations. The [...]

May 12, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 3

Alan Thatcher: Squash faces a rocky road to reopening as France, NZ and Aussies lead the way

Alan Thatcher: Squash faces a rocky road to reopening as France, NZ and Aussies lead the way

Laura leads my lockdown recovery as the squash world waits to reopen By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor What day is it? Where am I? If you are losing track of time during the coronavirus lockdown, join the club. Right now, under lockdown, my domestic priorities are mowing the lawn every week, nurturing my [...]

April 30, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

PSA to take over WSF media and marketing role as Howard Harding stands down

PSA to take over WSF media and marketing role as Howard Harding stands down

Partnership brings global bodies into closer alignment By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The World Squash Federation (WSF) has appointed the Professional Squash Association (PSA) to oversee its communications efforts following a restructuring of the organisation’s PR, media and marketing activities which will come into effect from May 1. Since signing a Memorandum of [...]

April 30, 2020 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game, News 0

Back to the future if and when squash courts reopen

Back to the future if and when squash courts reopen

How we can approach a ‘new normal’ in squash: with masks and gloves compulsory to start with By RICHARD MILLMAN – Squash Mad Correspondent While we are hunkered down, staying home to allow our amazing front line workers in the hospitals, ambulances, police, armed forces etc to do their brave and essential work in combatting [...]

April 27, 2020 Richard Millman Comment, Growing the game, News 16

Lockdown Blog: ‘No international sport until a vaccine has been delivered’

Lockdown Blog: ‘No international sport until a vaccine has been delivered’

Olympics sets the standard for the rest of the sporting world By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor A leading UK scientist has claimed the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games cannot go ahead next year unless a vaccine has been produced to destroy the coronavirus which has forced the world to go into lockdown. By extension, [...]

April 18, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 2

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