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Nour El Sherbini celebrated her breakthrough win at the 2016 Allam British Open.

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 […]

Cathedral Hall, with its stained glass windows, was the site of the
2016 Windy City Open.

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 […]

Ahmed Abdel Khalek successfully defended his championship, stopping a determined Roysei Kobayashi.

CSA Individuals Herald End of Egyptian Eras

by Dent Wilkens Photography by Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com Kanzy El Defrawy and Ahmed Abdel Khalek entered the College Individuals Nationals with the weight of expectation squarely on their shoulders. Both players were seniors slated to graduate this spring, and were capping two of the most successful college careers in the past decade. The tournament, held […]

2012, 2015 and 2016 U.S. Women's Champion Amanda Sobhy

Paving the Way

by Chris McClintick Amanda Sobhy has reached the finals of six of the past seven U.S. Women’s Championships. Her third national title this March marked was her second as a full-time professional squash player and her first as a professional supported by the US Squash Elite Athlete Program. The week leading into the National Singles […]

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Two For the Ages

by Bill Buckingham Not only does seventy-four-year-old Jay Nelson clearly recall winning his first championship in any sport—the 1954 little league title in Saugus, MA, as a second baseman and pitcher—he also remembers many of the sixteen players he struck out hurling a perfect game at the age of twelve. While thirteen-year-old Marina Stefanoni’s recollection […]

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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 […]

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The Ferocity of His Velocity: Gregory Gaultier Finally Wins the World Title

By James Zug When Gregory Gaultier won the 2015 Men’s World Squash Championships, the scene was perhaps as dramatic a moment as we have ever seen at the forty-year-old event. Gaultier was avenging nine years of agony. The finals of the 2006 World Open, held in front of the Pyramids of Giza, was the original, […]

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Amanda Sobhy’s Miracle on 42nd Street

by James Zug In January 2010 just before the men’s final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, two teenaged girls from New York stepped out onto the portable glass court in Grand Central Terminal played a quick exhibition match. The taller girl won 3-1. Her name was Amanda Sobhy. Six years later Sobhy again […]

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The Open Story

  by James Zug Parity is the watchword at the Delaware Investments United States Open. Two years ago, the national championship became the first major in the squash world to have equal prize money for men and women. Ironically, one of the complaints during the move to parity in 2013, among some hidebound conservatives, was […]