Friday, March 1, 2024

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‘Squash is the only sport where the ball is warmed up – it has to change’

RIGHT BALL CAMPAIGN -- Six years ago, Nick Taylor, a former World No.14, delivered an impassioned opinion piece for Squash Mad in which he...

Squash Social: First zumba, now climbing is flooring our sport!

Our offbeat diary on squash in the media, on socials and general musings this month centres on a whizzkid, Brian Clough and bouldering! Squash could...

Trust and state of mind – what Mostafa Asal has learned in squash ban

In an impressive admission that change is essential if he is to realise his full potential, Mostafa Asal has revealed the motivations and the...

ElShorbagy finds support after lambasting PSA tour scheduling

England’s Mohamed ElShorbagy has been praised for speaking out over the scheduling of PSA World Squash Tour matches. ElShorbagy was scathing following his last eight...

‘I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather play top guys than Paris’

For many an elite level athlete the prospect of carrying home hopes of glory can be a load that proves an unbearable burden. With Paris...

‘You’ve no money, let me get your coffees!’: How Paris Squash Open was born

Squash Mad sheds light on the making of Paris Squash 2023, an event that was long overdue and wants to become a regular feature...

Club File: Leicestershire outfit shows how squash and leisure centre can co-exist

While the dawning of squash’s 1970s golden era saw our game develop exponentially with courts being built in leisure centres throughout the UK, the...

Squash’s best treasure trove collection on the move in Australia

“I’ve never refused anything,” says Bert Armstrong of his stunning, eclectic collection of squash memorabilia and artefacts amassed over the last 30 years. We must...

Palmer on new recruit Lee: ‘He’s got the right attitude and work ethic’

Squash aficionados know all about the fierce fitness regime of former world champ David Palmer when he was strutting his stuff on tour. He's since...

How to run a PSA Challenger Tour event at a local squash club

John Shaw, chair of Berkhamsted Tennis & Squash Club, on the challenges of hosting a PSA Challenger tour event Just as tennis has the ATP...

The impact of indoor v outdoor play on an athlete’s performance

Playing a sport indoors versus outdoors can significantly impact an athlete's performance in several ways. As squash looks for ways to grow -- perhaps...

‘We shouldn’t have to choose between top-level sport and motherhood’

Does top-level sport require us to forget the individual, man or woman, in order to focus only on the athlete, asks CAMILLE SERME As far...

‘In Mostafa Asal, we have a great player who could be wonderful for squash’

James Willstrop says he will still be willing to offer his services to Mostafa Asal and help clean up The Egyptian's match play tactics...

Conditioned Games as a training tool to improve your squash

The Constraints-Led Approach (CLA) training system applied to squash -- as talked about extensively in previous articles about how The Gevolution process was born,...

Correct ages of Pakistan junior squash players under the spotlight

From the bizarre move of armpit testing to players paying for tests, the issue of whether Pakistan juniors are competing to their correct ages...

‘Squash is riding a wave in the USA and ready to expand’

Amanda Sobhy says squash has moved away from being “a very lofty country club sport” in the USA and is ready to latch on...

Mostafa Asal timeline: The squash career of Egypt star

Egypt's Mostafa Asal had a junior career suggesting there would be a fine senior career ahead. Few could have believed the events which have...

Meet the coach who has made music talk – through squash

From time to time sport can throw up extraordinary tales that confound the normal parameters which shape it. The ability to harness the cathartic powers...

Why the Commonwealth Games must survive – for squash’s sake

It is one year since Georgina Kennedy and Paul Coll had Commonwealth Games gold medals carefully placed around their necks amidst scenes at Birmingham...

‘Racketball has saved our club over the last five years’

While the aftershock of the pandemic continues to ravage squash, one Somerset Club has found racketball a welcome source of rejuvenation and new life. Facing...

Life of a touring squash pro: ‘You have to stay strong, keep focus and that isn’t easy’

The loneliness of the long distance squash player can be a gnawing and draining experience, one that makes the athlete question just why they...

County scene: Meet the award-winning Kent squash club – with a waiting list

This may be the year in which Biddenden Squash Club was recognised as club of the year -- yet it is the reasons behind...

Simon Parke on nose bleeds and dealing with pressures as top junior seed

Simon Parke believes that experience can be the key for Jonah Bryant as he attempts to become only the fourth Englishman to win the...

Amanda Sobhy on junior squash cauldron: ‘Just enjoy the experience’

With the 2023 WSF World Junior Championships looming, US star Amanda Sobhy has revealed just how important her 2010 coronation was to launching her...

Court Watch: Meet the founder behind ‘Wikipedia of squash’ app

In today’s modern climate, one where sports are striving for eyeballs, there must be hundreds of squash courts cast into the shadows and hidden...

Dutchman Rowan Damming on Asperger’s Syndrome and world squash hopes

It is hard enough trying to negotiate the perilous rite of passage from the junior to the senior ranks at world class level in...

Belgium squash star Nele Gilis inspired by Nicol David drive

A "very clever man" is how rankings climber Nele Gilis describes her British coach Rob Owen. Now, the Belgian is aiming to make further...

‘Raising the bar’: How French entrepreneur built squash super club Annecy

The standard at the recent French League play-offs was the highest for almost 20 years in both men's and women's draws. For the second...

How Karim Gawad watched SquashTV all over the house after ‘squash starvation’

The great and the good of the men’s game may have gathered in Cairo for the CIB PSA World Tour Finals last week, but...

‘Older he got, better he became’: Masters pay tribute to Mark Cowley

The squash world has paid tribute to distinguished player and Masters advocate Mark Cowley who died recently after a long battle with Covid and...

Inside the mind of PSA pro: ‘Ranking points and form are key at Tour Finals’

INTERVIEW: Former world champion Greg Gaultier on PSA ranking points, power play thoughts and World Tour Final memories Greg Gaultier believes that the ramifications of...

‘Was I down? Not one bit’ – Declan James charts comeback trail

It is the injury that every squash player fears -- and last November it happened to Declan James. The rupturing of an Achilles during a...

Nele Gilis closes in on Egyptian speed in season of career highs

She has admitted to playing and coming out the wrong side of a fair share of “3-0 choppings” against Egypt's best, but if ever...

Meet England’s rising siblings spurred on by squash heroes

After a summer starring in the 5 Nations and European Championships, England’s next family of exceptional squash talents is already turning their attention towards...

How Open Squash is igniting New Yorkers’ passion for the sport

The key to turning a non-squash player into a passionate participant is to treat every potential new member of your club as “both a...

County Scene: ‘Squash needs to encourage and support its proactive coaches’

The modern climate in squash calls for proactive, energetic and selfless coaches. Down in Lewes, East Sussex, one club has just the cohort. And...

Coach’s view: How Ali Farag has cemented all-round game to land big prizes

Squash Mad speaks to Karim Darwish, Ali Farag's coach, on tactical changes, career longevity and comparisons with game's greats Ali Farag may have just returned...

Key to Egypt squash success? The generational high standard of competition

He is one of the most respected coaches in squash but one who very rarely shares his thoughts in public. Omar Abdel Aziz is the...

How Masters circuit provides beating heart for squash stalwarts

With the Masters Home International season concluding in Cardiff earlier this month and England Squash Masters claiming 13 wins out of 14 age groups, honourable...

Top of the podium after five years of hell: Peter Knox’s extraordinary squash story

As Peter Knox from Exeter had the World Transplant Games squash gold medal hung around his neck last month in Perth, Australia, he could...