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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 4

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

Alan’s Blog: In praise of PSA introducing shorter knock-ups

Alan’s Blog: In praise of PSA introducing shorter knock-ups

Time waits for no man, apart from the never-ending knock-ups in squash By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor At long last, the PSA are planning to reduce the length of pre-match knock-ups. A trial will be held in the forthcoming World Series Finals taking place on stage at Dubai Opera House. And I hope all [...]

May 28, 2017 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 1

Squash and study brings winning results

Squash and study brings winning results

Squash and academia partnerships in the UK By ROSANNA RADLINSKA – Squash Mad Columnist   As a parent of a sixth form student/squash player, I feel it is the right time to explore the opportunities of combining squash and studies in the UK. I have had a look at the University of the West of England and the Elite [...]

March 20, 2017 Guest Contributor Coaching and Development, Comment, Interviews, News 1

Ritwik Bhattacharya pushes back the boundaries with cricket club success

Ritwik Bhattacharya pushes back the boundaries with cricket club success

Former star is on the ball, growing the game in India By ALAN THATCHER Squash in India is being given a massive injection of energy thanks to the efforts of former professional Ritwik Bhattacharya. The staging of the $50,000 Men’s CCI International at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai was the most ambitious project [...]

December 2, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Building a new kind of squash and racketball club

Building a new kind of squash and racketball club

Join the fight to save the healthiest of all sports By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor It was wonderful to see Britain’s national newspapers present the health benefits of playing squash and racketball in their coverage of a recent survey published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Regularly playing squash and racketball could help [...]

December 2, 2016 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game, News 2

Alan’s Blog: Showcasing the sport in sumptuous venues

Alan’s Blog: Showcasing the sport in sumptuous venues

Packed venues bring top-class squash to new levels of drama By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor The successful delivery of the US Open, with the jumbotron screen above the glass court inside the Drexel University sports arena, the San Francisco Bay Bridge towering over the court at the NetSuite Open, and the spectacular renaissance of [...]

October 16, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Racquetball salutes lessons learned from SquashTV

Racquetball salutes lessons learned from SquashTV

Squash’s video output dwarfs racquetball efforts in the USA By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor My friend Freddy Ramirez writes a terrifically engaging racquetball blog called Restrung Magazine. We have been communicating online for some years and frequently discuss ways in which racquetball (or racketball) can find some harmony with squash to produce some mutually [...]

October 11, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News, Racketball 8