By Jay D. Prince, Editor in Chief
It’s been an extremely busy, and exciting, couple of months in the squash world. We’ve witnessed two of the most memorable world championship finals in history, with Egypt’s Ramy Ashour rebounding from a seven month hiatus to stun his compatriot and world No. 1, Mohamed Elshorbagy, in Qatar. Nicol David miraculously staved off match balls against Raneem El Welily to secure her eighth title. The English women not only overcame favored Egypt in the Women’s World Team Championship in the semifinals, but they also ended Malaysia’s unexpected run to the final and won the championship for the seventh time.
If that wasn’t enough, the world’s largest junior tournament once again took center stage in Connecticut, with Yale’s Brady Squash Center playing host, along with Choate, Trinity, and Wesleyan, to nearly 1,000 junior players from thirty-five countries in the U.S. Junior Open. Then, just two weeks later, twenty-eight American juniors asserted themselves at the British Junior Open—far and away the largest contingent to represent this country and US Squash.
The sport continues to grow, with juniors leading the charge. And over the next ten weeks, US Squash will host fourteen national championships, representing players ranging in age from as young as eight to the venerable eighty-plus. Exciting times!