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How the Selby family is coping with the Coronavirus lockdown

How the Selby family is coping with the Coronavirus lockdown

‘No work, no pay, but busy creating new resources for squash’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Squash players who face several months with zero income are being helped by the PSA to claim compensation from their governments. Coaches are also able to claim unemployment benefits in many countries. PSA staff are busy finding [...]

April 1, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Squash selected for 2021 PanAm Junior Games

Squash selected for 2021 PanAm Junior Games

Sports city Cali to host pathway event to 2023 senior PanAm Games By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent Squash is one of 30 sports selected to participate in the inaugural Junior Pan American Games next year in the Colombian city of Cali. The Cali 2021 Junior Pan American Games will take place from [...]

March 20, 2020 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

World No.1 Raneem El Welily supports International Women’s Day

World No.1 Raneem El Welily supports International Women’s Day

Squash events across the world help to empower women and girls By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent Squash players the world over will be in action tomorrow (Sunday 8 March) in support of International Women’s Day (#SquashSupportsWomen). While the Calgary CFO Consulting Services PSA Women’s Squash Week, a Canadian PSA World Tour event [...]

March 7, 2020 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

Spectacular new Ringe Center hosts US College Individual Finals

Spectacular new Ringe Center hosts US College Individual Finals

“12 courts on three levels, with two all-glass showcourts” By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent The transformation of the squash complex at the US University of Pennsylvania into a state-of-the-art 12-court facility which is the envy of the Ivy League has signalled a new era for ASB as the world’s leading squash court [...]

March 6, 2020 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

US star Chris Hanson launches RIA Eyewear company and targets top pros

US star Chris Hanson launches RIA Eyewear company and targets top pros

‘We believe safety and high performance can coexist with eye protection’  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor American number two Chris Hanson has done much more than simply join the current debate about eye safety in squash. The New York-based 29-year-old launched RIA Eyewear with long-time friend, Jordan Kemp, to create high-quality protective eyewear [...]

February 20, 2020 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Growing the game, News 1

Raneem El Welily top seed as Black Ball Open upgrades to $180k Platinum event

Raneem El Welily top seed as Black Ball Open upgrades to $180k Platinum event

17 Egyptians in galaxy of stars in Cairo By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent The world’s best female players will appear at the 2020 CIB Black Ball Squash Open between March 8-14, with the tournament being upgraded to a PSA World Tour Platinum event this season. With 17 Egyptians in the draw, this year’s [...]

February 12, 2020 Guest Contributor Growing the game, News 0

PSA team up with Fun With Balls as squash embraces technology

PSA team up with Fun With Balls as squash embraces technology

‘We are excited by the impact this technology can have on the sport’ By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has announced today that it has made an investment in Munich-based sports technology company Fun With Balls in a further example of the organisation’s commitment to adopting new technology to [...]

February 11, 2020 Guest Contributor Growing the game, News 0

St. James’s Place Wealth Management are new title sponsors of Canary Wharf Classic

St. James’s Place Wealth Management are new title sponsors of Canary Wharf Classic

‘With an office next door to the event, we are excited to be involved’ By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The Canary Wharf Classic, London’s most popular squash tournament, looks forward to a period of renewed growth following the announcement of St. James’s Place Wealth Management as the new title sponsors. The 2020 event, [...]

February 5, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Defending champion Tesni Evans pulls out of AJ Bell British National Championships

Defending champion Tesni Evans pulls out of AJ Bell British National Championships

Tesni “gutted” as ankle injury rules her out By DONNA HELMER – Squash Mad Correspondent Defending champion and second seed Tesni Evans has withdrawn from the AJ Bell British National Championships in Nottingham next week due to injury. The two-time British National champion who hails from Wales sustained an ankle injury at the Tournament of [...]

February 5, 2020 Guest Contributor Growing the game, News 0

SEA 25th anniversary dinner raises $3.2m for urban squash

SEA 25th anniversary dinner raises $3.2m for urban squash

‘Squash gave me the tools to pick and choose my way to exist in the world at large’ says StreetSquash graduate Rakey By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The growth of America’s urban squash network, and its ability to generate phenomenal fund-raising opportunities, was celebrated in majestic style when 1,200 guests gathered in the Grand [...]

January 26, 2020 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

WSF President hails new era for squash

WSF President hails new era for squash

Fontaine pledges closer ties with PSA to grow the game By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad International Correspondent In a New Year message to the global squash community, World Squash Federation President Jacques Fontaine hails a new era for the game after a challenging 2019. The recent appointment of William Louis-Marie as the Federation’s new [...]

January 3, 2020 Howard Harding Growing the game, News 0

Time to get practical about which ball to use!

Time to get practical about which ball to use!

Every sport has its aficionados; people who love to talk about the subtleties of the equipment. And squash is no different, from whether this string at this tension is better than that string and that tension to which racket weight and balance is perfect for which type of player. However, one thing we shouldn't be arguing [...]

December 9, 2019 Phillip Marlowe BALLS AND WALLS, Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 1

Sarah-Jane Perry named PSA Women’s President

Sarah-Jane Perry named PSA Women’s President

Duncalf and Willstrop step down from PSA Board By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent IntroEngland’s World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry has been confirmed as the Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) Women’s President at the association’s annual AGM held today, December 9, in Leeds, England. The 29-year-old Perry, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, replaces departing Women’s President [...]

December 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Nicol David hosts Dream event in KL

Nicol David hosts Dream event in KL

SJP heads up the draw as Nicol aims to grow the game in Malaysia  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Nicol David is working quickly to fill the void created by her recent retirement from international squash. She is keen to inspire the next generation of young talent in Malaysia and is inviting juniors [...]

December 7, 2019 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News 0

Cut down the number of reps to learn and improve faster

Cut down the number of reps to learn and improve faster

‘First shot is always the most important’ By TONY GRIFFIN – Squash Mad Correspondent Stephen Hawking once said: “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to changes.” Maybe he was thinking of players like Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro, whose ability to adapt their techniques later in their careers led to them winning World Championship titles, [...]

November 27, 2019 Tony Grifin Coaching and Development, Growing the game, News 0