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Top Ten Reasons Why This Was the Greatest United States Open Ever

  by James Zug I Wow Times Infinity It was packed. At the 2016 Delaware Investments United States Open, there were no gimmicks, no free pizza for Drexel students, no bouncy castle radar zones. It was the sporting spectacle itself. Fans came in droves. The early rounds used to be a bit sparse, a ghostly […]

Conqueror of the World

By James Zug 555: The Untold Story Behind Squash’s Invincible Champion and Sport’s Greatest Unbeaten Run by Rod Gilmour and Alan Thatcher Worthing, England: Pitch Publishing, 2016 It is hard to recall now, a quarter of a century later, just what a big deal Jahangir Khan was. He was consistently dominant like no other player […]

Top Fifty: The Most Intriguing and Influential People of 2016

The third-annual Top Fifty* comes to you with a twist. Despite the heavy historical weight of a few cities and regions, squash has, for well more than a half century, been a national game. After the last state without a court—Arkansas—put one in Bentonville in 2001, you could play in every state in the Union. […]

The Psychology of the U.S. Open

Seven Regions One Team

By Bill Buckingham “This should be the most fun weekend of the squash year. You will ultimately play for the U.S. somewhere along the way, and there is nothing better than that.” With those words, Ganek Family National Team Coach Paul Assaiante welcomed players to the third-annual Regional Team Championships at Yale University in New […]

Maria Toorpakai—The Squash Pro Who Became a Media Star

By James Zug A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight By Maria Toorpakai with Katharine Holstein (Twelve, 2016) Within the squash world, it was well-known that Maria Toorpakai had a special story. She had been a promising junior, the first woman to come out of the great […]

Expat Entrepreneurs Open Shop Stateside

Lighting the Way: A New Solution for Squash Court Lights By James Zug It started about seven years ago when Lee Witham and his wife Jihyeong (everyone calls her JiJi) decided to build a weekend home in upstate New York. Working early from scratch, they ambitiously decided to build a net-zero energy house. It wasn’t […]

A Historic Wimbledon of Squash

By James Zug Kingston upon Hull, the East Yorkshire port town, has a delightful old district along the harbor: narrow, cobblestoned streets, ancient pubs, a museum about slavery in the Georgian home of William Wilberforce. On the other side of town, in West Hull, is KC Stadium where Hull FC, the rugby league team, and […]

Take the Elevator: The Windy City Soars to New Heights

by James Zug A couple of indelible images from the 2016 Windy City Open remain in the squash frontal lobe. The “I don’t believe it, that is a joke, an absolute joke,” sequence at 7-5 in the fourth game of Mathieu Castagnet & Daryl Selby’ s second-round match. If you are a reader of this […]