Doubles

(image: Julie Harris)

Breaking Through the Levels: Hardball Doubles

by Preston Quick In this month’s issue, former World Champion Preston Quick describes the unique lingo and skills it takes to excel at every level of squash doubles. C Players at the C level will benefit greatly from a focus on the fundamentals; cross courts should hit the side wall more often, use the height […]

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The Gould Standard: Ben Gould Retires

by Chris McClintick They almost withdrew. It was the title they wanted most and the last to elude them on the SDA tour. As the 2015 Briggs Cup was starting, Damien Mudge was nursing a debilitating pinched nerve in his right foot. He was far from 100%. Ben Gould’s parents, Joe and Joy, traveled from […]

The men’s open final was cut short after Graham Bassett (right) suffered a back injury that forced him to concede the match with partner Steve Scharff (left) to Jacques Swanepoel & Greg McArthur.

National Doubles Finds a New Home in Philadelphia

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 […]

In a repeat of their 2013 World Doubles loss against Team USA’s Natalie Grainger (far right) & Preston Quick (left), Canada’s Viktor Berg (center) and Stephanie Hewitt avenged their loss to reach the final. The Canadian veterans then dispatched another U.S. side, Amanda Sobhy & Chris Callis, in the final to win their first mixed open gold together.

World Doubles: From MetroSquash to Onwentsia, and Streamed to the World

By Chris McClintick The 2015 J.P. Morgan & Trunk Club World Squash Doubles Championships commenced with the fanfare of the MetroSquash Academic & Squash Center’s grand opening  in Chicago, Wednesday, May 6. Following the ceremonial, shoeless seminal match on the first doubles court in an urban squash facility, professionals took to the court for exhibition […]

After shocking second-seeded Trinity alums Manek Mathur & Yvain Badan in the opening round of the North American Open, qualifiers Mike Ferreira (far right) & Baset Chaudhry (far left) found themselves up against another brace of Bantams in the quarters: Jacques Swanepoel (second to left) & Shaun Johnstone. Ferreira & Chaudhry would go on to reach the semifinals.

SDA Bantams: The Group of Trinity Alumni Shaping the Professional Doubles Tour

By Chris McClintick Nearly a score of graduating classes played some part in the longest winning streak in college sports history—Trinity men’s squash: 252 consecutive victories, including thirteen national titles, from 1998 to 2012. While the world’s top juniors turned professional in their late teens, generations of the world’s best young U.S. and international recruits […]

Women's Doubles

Bridging the Generations

By Chris McClintick A few nights before the inaugural U.S. Century Doubles Championship in 2008, tournament founder Kit Tatum received a phone call from Palmer Page, the former US SQUASH CEO. Page was concerned that the tournament, requiring nothing more than the combined ages of each team being 100 years or greater, might become a health hazard. “You know Kit, […]

Pricey Heads Home

Pricey Heads Home

By Chris McClintick Photos by SDA Squash was the last thing on Paul Price’s mind the week after a five-game loss to Mudge & Gould in the final of the 2014 Putnam Pro-Am. He was more concerned with last-minute wedding details, for which he and his Canadian fiancée, Kyla, would soon be flying to Mexico. Such has been the […]

New Champions at 2013 US Doubles

New Champions At 2013 U.S. Open Doubles

By Chris McClintick The second annual joint Squash Doubles Association (SDA) and Women’s Doubles Squash Association (WDSA) U.S. Open Squash Doubles Championships crescendoed with the first SDA semifinal as Matt Jenson & Preston Quick reached match ball in the fourth game. In a match full of extraordinary gets and shot making, the world No. 8 and 7 were on the verge […]

The glass doubles court’s namesake, Victor Elmaleh (Below, seated), with Jonathon Power (R) and Gary Waite (to Power’s right), hosted the facility’s first tournament winners, Ben Gould and Damien Mudge.

World’s First All-Glass Hardball Doubles Court a Hit with the Pros

By Kristi Maroc The world’s first all-glass hardball doubles court was officially given the nod of approval by the world’s top players during the first-ever professional event to be held on the court and simultaneously live streamed to fans watching from afar. The Elmaleh Classic invitational pro event was contested on the new court at […]