By Chris McClintick
Eighty-two years ago, the second U.S. Squash Doubles Championships were hosted on the court that invented the game at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Philadelphia has long been the American beacon of squash doubles, and today boasts the most north American hardball courts in the U.S., only second to Toronto in the world.
Despite the many iterations of the nation’s best doubles teams converging on the city of brotherly love, the national doubles had never been headquartered at the Philadelphia Country Club. That is, until the eightieth edition in 2015.
PCC is a pillar of squash in Philadelphia and the U.S. In 1903, PCC was one of seven clubs in Philadelphia to found the world’s first inter-club squash league, and was the first to add electric lights to their courts. In the doubles sphere, the club has had doubles for decades, and headquartered numerous high profile tournaments such as the U.S. Open doubles and mixed doubles championships in recent years.
When the PCC built a new squash building with three singles and the two doubles courts in 2007, the club added another (unconfirmed) first for squash—the closest squash courts to bowling lanes, which are housed in the same building. The rounds of bowling won’t make it into the record books, but the same cannot be said for the squash doubles.