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Great squash duels: Jonah Barrington v Geoff Hunt

Jonah Barrington recalls his epic duels with Australian rival Geoff Hunt in the early 1970s JONAH BARRINGTON (Ireland/England) 1972 British Open final, Abbeydale Beat Geoff Hunt 0–9, 9–7, 10–8, 6–9, 9–7 Preparing for...

How the first of squash’s grudge rivalries was spawned

Dicky Rutnagur, one of the big hitters in squash journalism for magazines and newspapers for nearly 50 years until his death in 2013, analysed...

Olivia Weaver: How philosophy, team changes and coaching has shaped US Squash star

Birmingham -- Sitting in The Rep lobby, it was perhaps no surprise to hear Danny Massaro discussing philosophers Sartre and Nietzsche. Squash Mad was...

British Open Squash 2024: Joel Makin puts Youssef Ibrahim on canvas in classic

Birmingham -- Joel Makin uses boxing off-court in his pursuit to be the best in the game. On Tuesday, the teak-tough Welshman also had...

British Open Squash 2024: Nouran Gohar and Diego Elias on life as world champions

Birmingham -- It’s been a tale of two different fortnights for squash’s pair of world champions since Nouran Gohar and Diego Elias lifted their...

Katie Malliff: ‘I played lots of sports as a kid but I remember thinking squash had everything’

Katie Malliff started the year with her biggest tournament win in Ipswich and will end the season on the glass court theatre stage at...

British Open Squash: the rollercoaster journey to Birmingham Rep

The venerable tournament has endured an up and down past since the turn of the century, until the calm years of being staged in...

The making of Gina Kennedy: GB Squash No.1

Georgina Kennedy was born without her neck having to be supported in any way. Then, at four months old, she could sit unsupported. She...

Life at Bexley Squash Club: Home to Britain’s rising player Gina Kennedy

It’s not just the Gina Kennedy effect which makes Bexley Squash Club’s courts one of the most active in the UK. It’s about an...

Nouran Gohar: ‘There’s been no other squash player today with that relentless ‘all in’ element’

Laura Massaro recalled in her autobiography how a young Egyptian had total disregard for older opponents when she came over for the former world...

The rise of Diego Elias: From being hit by police car to Peru’s world squash champion

When Diego Elias made history by winning the 2014 men’s world junior title in Namibia without dropping a game to become Peru’s first ever...

Clash between two old stagers on Rotterdam plaster court is one of my favourite squash matches

Picking the right match to watch in the early stages of a bustling World Championship can be a tricky call at times. On the...

Great squash duels: Nick Matthew v James Willstrop

James Willstrop recalls the classic Canary Wharf encounter in 2010 against his rival Nick Matthew Canary Wharf Classic semi-final, London, 2010 Lost to Nick Matthew 11-7,...

‘Not many sports like squash can showcase itself in iconic locations’

Spurred on by the sport’s newly-found Olympic status and growing UK tournaments, England No.4 and double British champion Jasmine Hutton took to the streets...

London Squash Classic: ‘More tournaments should be run like this’

The squash bug first hit Rory Gillen, squash’s latest tournament sponsor, in Freshers’ Week in the late 70s.  The Irishman was looking for a new...

‘Squash is primed to grow’: Cleveland promoter enthused on sport’s future

The Cleveland promoter behind the ongoing Squash in the Land says the sport is “primed to grow further” over the next few years following...

National Squash League: US city team drafts, running clocks and fan led

If you’ve been a part of the squash social media ethos as of late (outside the trick shots), you’ve likely encountered promotions for an...

Squash’s top photographer hopes to capture LA 2028 Olympics

Steve Line, squash’s top snapper, hopes to capture the sport’s history-making entrance at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics after doing so for 40 years...

Great squash duels: ‘Coping with world No.1 was horrendous’

England's Lee Beachill recalls beating Peter Nicol to win the 2004 US Open final in Boston Getting to world No.1 was the pinnacle for me....

How Hamburg’s Kaifu Lodge fuses squash, fitness and fun

The mix of squash, fitness and a vibrant social scene has proven to be a successful recipe for Kaifu Lodge in Hamburg, Germany, since...

‘When Olympic cricket was mentioned, it was a big distraction for squash’

Professional Squash Association (PSA) chief executive Alex Gough says he got “goosebumps” watching the sport’s presentation bid to LA2028 chiefs, but revealed he feared...

Great squash duels: Thierry Lincou and doing the double in Doha

LONG READ: Thierry Lincou recalls his 2004 men's world triumph in Qatar to become the first Frenchman to win showpiece  The change of scoring to...

Lessons for squash: How Olympic inclusion helped Rugby Sevens

For rugby the road to Olympic inclusion was completed when Sevens was admitted to the Rio games in 2016. In its full 15-a-side format Rugby...

Squash Junkies: Meet the Brit who conjured the sport’s most fun and brutal event

It takes a brave man to quit his job, pack up his old squash kit bag and head for Europe on a wing and...

‘How can we convince people to play squash beyond US college system?’

Sean Choi speaks to recently-retired American Olivia Blatchford Clyne on her decision, the future of US Squash, tour moments and her biggest rivals On December...

Five ways Olympic inclusion will change squash

"When I heard the news, I cried," England's top junior Asia Harris told Squash Mad recently of the moment she found out about squash's...

2023: Squash Mad’s most read stories of year

From BJO to British Open and a host of talking point stories featuring a year to forget for one star Egyptian 10- County Scene: Delving...

Eyewitness: How Sarah Fitz-Gerald won 1998 world squash title

'Give that match to a sports psychologist to explain,' was one seasoned observer's comment. It was the match of the year, no doubt about...

Great squash duels: ‘A world title won, I handed over my bandana’

In the latest in our long read series, Sarah Fitz-Gerald recalls her 1998 World Championship success against Michelle Martin in Stuttgart A fellow Australian and...

Squash Social: Mostafa Asal on unwanted list, squash novel falls short

Our offbeat diary on squash in the media, on socials and general musings in the sport Asal on unwanted list Egyptian star Mostafa Asal was placed...

Squash to feature at major RacquetX event in Miami after Olympic inclusion

Squash will be among the attractions in March at the first ever RacquetX - a spectacular multi racket sports conference at the gigantic Miami...

5 tips for a female coaching a male squash team

Former England pro Victoria Lust is one of the few females to oversee male players with her role as Canada men's coach. Here, she...

‘I was losing matches 3-2 as I didn’t want to push’: How Bernabeu bounced back

For Spanish squash No.1 Iker Pajares Bernabeu the moment the impossible happened -- injuring both achilles in a case of delayed reaction -- came...

Jahangir Khan at 60: Squash great at ease with padel and memories

“Time goes so quick man, reaching 60 just like that,” jests the man who usually took little time to sweep his opponents off court...

‘The association playing squash or other sports when younger is vital’

England Squash, the sport’s national governing body, says it is finding activation success through its social media promotion of Squash Stars, its junior initiative...

Burnley now has two courts left – can Olympic inclusion stop exodus?

The names of clubs such as Gisburn (Stirk House), Barnoldswick, Pendle (Colne), Nelson (Springers) Reedley, Crow Wood, Clitheroe and Thompson SC – a six...

‘Arlen Spectre Centre as an inclusive club is fantastic for US Squash’

With over 10 years on the PSA World Tour and having just celebrated racking up 250 tour matches as a professional, when it comes...

‘You only get one shot’: Jonah Bryant aims to soar to squash success

Rising squash talent Jonah Bryant is a long way from his hometown following a recent move to Solihull -- but insists the journey will all be...

How coach Alison Waters has given Tesni Evans confidence post injury

It is the moment every player dreads. And when injury comes right at the start of the season the impact is even more painful....

Squash Social: Coaching moves and ‘less pickleball’ calls

Our offbeat diary on squash in the media, on socials and general musings in the sport Former English professional Alex Noakes is the new director...

Great squash duels: ‘Marine’ David Palmer and the Cairo comeback

'Winning finals are not all about playing your best squash, it’s about winning the match. Cairo was a good example: the match didn’t pan...

Peter Marshall: How I maintain squash fitness into my 50s

Peter Marshall’s two-fisted style on either wing during his 1990’s pomp, when he reached World No.2, made him one of the most fascinating watches...

The Englishwoman bucking the trend coaching Squash Canada men

It is almost unheard of in squash circles for women to coach men at world level - until now. Next month, Englishwoman Victoria Lust...