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The Merger of Hardball and Softball

by James Zug A quarter century ago, the men’s hardball and softball tours merged. On January 1, 1993 the World Professional Squash Association and the International Squash Players Association ceased to exist, replaced by the new Professional Squash Association. The PSA became the sole global association for men’s pro squash. Without the merger, the incredible […]

Teaching the Game: Women & Squash

By James Zug Photography by Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com It was a Sunday in the winter. Chris Brownell was giving squash lessons. She taught all afternoon, working with youngsters, teenagers, adults. She wore a black shirt and black shorts and a big white watch on her freckled wrist. She was encouraging and forceful. “You’d have a […]

Squash in Saudi

In January 2018 the Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters was held in Riyadh. The historic $165,000 tournament was the first-ever professional sporting event for women in Saudi Arabia. Nour El Sherbini captured the inaugural event, beating Raneem El Welily a month after losing to her in the finals of the 2017 World Championship. The event […]

Qatar Classic Emulates Tennis

By James Zug The 2017 Qatar Classic was one of the most special tournament in pro squash history. This was not by accident. Since 1992, the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, in the Al Dafna district of Doha, has hosted a major men’s squash tournament. It was called the Qatar International in the 1990s, […]

Mr. and Mrs. U.S. Open: Trophy Husband, Trophy Wife

By James Zug It was a storybook ending to a rollicking ten-day celebration of squash excellence: Nour El Tayeb and Ali Farag, a married couple, each triumphed to win the 2017 U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management. It was almost unique in the annals of sports. The most celebrated example was probably the so-called […]

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Squash is Friendship: Tales From Howe Cup 2017

by Haley Bloch and Jennifer Gabler Squash Is Friendship captures the essence of the 2017 Howe Cup, which was played at Squash on Fire in Washington, DC last November. The tournament, founded in 1928, was a combination of fierce competition and high-energy social connections. The tournament marked the first national championship hosted by Washington’s newest […]

Twenty Years of Squash Magazine

US Squash Academy Trains Future American Champions

by Chris McClintick It was the middle of July, and Roger Federer’s voice echoed down the hallway from the Tansill classroom in Trinity College’s Ferris Athletic Center. Six prospective American squash professionals listened intently as the US Squash Academy classroom session led off with a YouTube clip. The Swiss tennis legend was reflecting on his […]