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 […]


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 […]

My Heart’s Beating Like A Rabbit: Racquet Sports in Film

By James Zug Cinematically, racquet sports are mostly used as a metaphor. The scenes reveal a character’s physical prowess and mental strength or a power struggle between protagonists. Or it is simply about making someone seem like a hapless, ham-handed buffoon. This is easy. Actors are almost always awkwardly uncoordinated. They probably came firmly down […]

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 […]