2017 June

Hey Ref: June 2017

by Barry Faguy HEY REF Is there anything a referee can do about what seems to be dishonest play? Dishonesty has many guises, but we’ll focus on two key areas. The first regards the failure of players to call their own balls down or out. Sometimes they will disingenuously claim that it’s up to the […]

Eating on the Run

by Candace Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Let’s be realistic—eating healthy is not always easy. This is especially true for athletes, young or old, professional or amateur. Balancing school, training, tournaments, and work makes for a busy life. A hectic schedule can have a way of getting in the way of our best intentions. Eating […]

Tribulations and Triumph: Hanson Puts Injury-Riddled Year Behind Him With First S.L. Green Title

by Chris McClintick Chris Hanson entered the 2017 S.L. Green National Singles fully fit for the first time in nearly a year. He considered himself lucky even to be at the tournament. The 2015-2016 season was the Dartmouth graduate’s most successful season on the PSA tour. It was his third season after turning professional with […]

Blatchford Blasts Home a Title

By Chris McClintick Olivia Blatchford’s U.S. career came full circle during the 2017 U.S. Women’s Championship at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. Although only twenty-four years old, Blatchford was making her tenth consecutive appearance in the National Singles, which was held alongside the U.S. Junior Bronze Championships on the last weekend of April. As documented in a […]

National Singles Records Extended in Philly

By James Zug After three years in Charlottesville, the National Singles returned to Philadelphia for a large, exciting and record-extending tournament. The 106th annual championships were hosted by Philadelphia Cricket Club (PCC), with many matches also being played at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy down the street. PCC was also a host site for the national […]

Douglas and Stefanoni Reaffirm Junior Dominance; West Coast on the Rise

By Chris McClintick It was a banner year for Andrew Douglas and Marina Stefanoni, as both players repeated as national junior champions. While the 2016 National Juniors served as Douglas’ coming out party, the eighteen-year-old New Yorker returned to Harvard’s Murr Center as an established favorite, not only having defeated the defending world junior champion […]

National Doubles Goes a Mile High

by James Zug The eighty-second Monticello Associations U.S. Squash Doubles Championships had a distinctly Rocky Mountain flavor. One hundred and twenty-three teams came to Denver this past March, making it the largest National Doubles ever held west of the Mississippi. The Denver Athletic Club, with its two courts, was the center of the weekend, with […]

Crimson Women Go Undefeated With Fourth Consecutive Howe Cup; Bantam Men Pluck Potter Cup Number Sixteen

by Dent Wilkens Photography by Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com The two leading college teams of this decade—the Harvard women and the Trinity men—captured the 2017 national intercollegiate team titles. Each took a very different route to get there. This season’s Harvard squad made a strong case for being the greatest women’s college team ever put together. […]

Love is Love is Love: Jenny Duncalf & Rachael Grinham—Champions On Court, Pioneers Off Court

By James Zug Jenny Duncalf and Rachael Grinham are two of the greatest squash players of the early twenty-first century and leaders on the professional world tour. As they mature in their careers, they have come to realize that because of that profile, they can have a major impact on thousands of people without hitting […]