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WSA sign $500,000 three-year deal with World Champs promoter

WSA sign $500,000 three-year deal with World Champs promoter

Hallmark Events Group to handle presentation and sponsorship The Women’s Squash Association (WSA) has finalised a major long-term agreement with Hallmark Events Group to stage the Women’s World Squash Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – and guarantee a total prize-fund in excess of US$ 500,000. The 2014 championship will be staged from December 12-19 [...]

August 6, 2014 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World, WSF 0

Sarah Fitzgerald and Natalie Grainger call for PSA and WSA to merge

Sarah Fitzgerald and Natalie Grainger call for PSA and WSA to merge

Stars demand a unified approach to boost the sport’s Olympic bid By Squash Mad Correspondent Two leading squash players have called for the PSA and the WSA to merge in order to boost the sport’s Olympic aspirations. Sarah Fitzgerald and Natalie Grainger (right) have revealed that talks are in progress to pursue a unified world [...]

July 10, 2014 Guest Contributor Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News, Olympics 0

Comment: I believe that squash needs a Team USA moment

Comment: I believe that squash needs a Team USA moment

Rousing World Cup patriotism should be mirrored in squash … and racquetball Hands up, who wasn’t thrilled by the performance of the USA in a magnificent World Cup battle against Belgium the other night? If goalkeeper Tim Howard stood for president against Barack Obama tomorrow, he would dive in through the front door of the [...]

July 3, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game 2

Comment: Arjen Robben’s World Cup dive was like a triple bounce in squash

Comment: Arjen Robben’s World Cup dive was like a triple bounce in squash

Coaches can learn from the honesty of pros like Jonathan Kemp and Steve Finitsis  By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Comment My mind has been wandering this week between the wonderful sportsmanship and honesty on show in the recent Kent Open squash final and the cheating and diving on display in football’s World Cup. Dutch [...]

July 1, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game 5

Alison Waters and Paul Carter support London ladies event

Alison Waters and Paul Carter support London ladies event

Squash star Alison Waters and national high performance coach Paul Carter are supporting a new initiative for women’s squash in London. A women’s tournament is being held at Finsbury Leisure Centre on July 5 for players of all ages and abilities, with tips from Waters and Carter on squash technique, plus a coaching demonstration. Organisers [...]

June 21, 2014 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Highland fling as top Scots reach last four

Highland fling as top Scots reach last four

Junior project runs hand in hand with Loch Ness Challenger By MICHAEL GREGSON – Squash Mad Highlands Reporter This evening the Inverness club hosted not only the Quarter-finals of the hugely successful £15K Loch Ness Challenger – with local interest burning brightly – but also an important launch for the £10K Big Lottery-funded Development project [...]

June 21, 2014 Guest Contributor Growing the game, News 0

Rotterdam to host joint PSA and WSA event

Rotterdam to host joint PSA and WSA event

Squash event at Victoria club takes place alongside tennis tourney By Squash Mad Netherlands Reporter Squash players from around the world will travel to the Dutch city of Rotterdam again later this year to compete in the Rotterdam Open, which will be played from August 28-31 at one of the oldest and most successful clubs [...]

June 19, 2014 Guest Contributor Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Big weekend of squash in San Francisco

Big weekend of squash in San Francisco

Adam Perkiomaki seeks revenge over popular Bay pro Charlie Johnson By KIM CLEARKIN – Squash Mad San Francisco Reporter The Bay Clubs in San Francisco continue to promote the game to a growing West Coast audience. This weekend we feature the first in the Bay Club Series closed satellite events presented by Tatleaux De Pera [...]

June 19, 2014 Guest Contributor Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Fun in the sun as racquetball moves outdoors

Fun in the sun as racquetball moves outdoors

Outside the season, pros hit the road    By Freddy Ramirez, Restrungmag.com   Racquetball in the United States now runs all year long. When the professional indoor season is over, most top pro players move outdoors for big competition. Outdoor racquetball has grown over the last five years and now boasts huge numbers and top [...]

June 18, 2014 Guest Contributor Growing the game, Racketball, Squash Around The World 0

Secrets of squash life in Egypt

Secrets of squash life in Egypt

Despite the turmoil, the Egyptian squash machine powers on By FARAH ABDEL MEGUID – Squash Mad Egyptian Correspondent Egyptian squash professional Farah Abdel Meguid writes for Squash Mad about life in her country during difficult days of political upheaval and massive social changes. Despite obvious disruptions, the Egyptian squash machine appears to be functioning as [...]

June 13, 2014 Guest Contributor Growing the game 0

Edinburgh builds padel tennis court

Edinburgh builds padel tennis court

Is this Rafa Nadal’s secret weapon? Roger Federer often attributes some of his fantastic retrieving to his younger days playing squash. Now Rafa Nadal says padel tennis is helping his game.  How do you find out? Simple. You join the Edinburgh Sports Club and get to grips with the latest racket-sport phenomenon. The first ever [...]

June 13, 2014 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 1

Let’s hear it for Stan

Let’s hear it for Stan

  For every Nick Matthew, we need 10,000 players like Stan COMMENT: By ALAN THATCHER Let me tell you a story about my little mate Stan. Actually he’s not quite so little. He’s a big lad who plays for the juniors at another club in our town. He joined in the free coaching sessions we [...]

June 12, 2014 Alan Thatcher Growing the game, Kent Open, News, Squash Around The World 5

Record crowds watch Polish national finals

Record crowds watch Polish national finals

Open-air glass court attracts 750 to Wroclaw town square By ADRIAN FULNECZEK – Squash Mad Reporter A crowd of 750 people watched the Polish Nationals finals live on Saturday, in the Polish city of Wrocław’s town square, setting a new record for any squash event staged in the country (with 600 more people following the [...]

June 2, 2014 Guest Contributor Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Cassie’s Corner: Linda Elriani hits the Heights in Brooklyn

Cassie’s Corner: Linda Elriani hits the Heights in Brooklyn

Ex-England captain runs thriving junior program in the Big Apple When the time comes to hang up the racket from the professional tour it can be exciting and also daunting going into the next chapter of your life. Going from the familiarity of training and playing tournaments to something new can be a challenge. I [...]

May 5, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Growing the game, Interviews, News 0

Nicol David and Paola Longoria, two pin-ups who transcend their sports

Nicol David and Paola Longoria, two pin-ups who transcend their sports

  Cover girls who give squash and racquetball a massive profile By FREDDY RAMIREZ – Editor of Restrung Magazine   I just want to point you to a thread of some similarities that can speak tons about what both Racquetball and Squash look like. On a number of levels if you care to dig deeper. [...]

May 3, 2014 Guest Contributor Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game 0