James Zug

$1 Million: Professional Squash Hits Milestone in Chicago

By James Zug One million. Never in the century-plus history of professional squash had a single tournament offered a seven-digit prize money purse. In the recent past, there had been a smattering of events that upped earnings to record heights (the 2007 men’s and women’s Kuwait Open totaled $250,000; the 2010 men’s World Open in […]

Why Does Squash Make You Happy? Tal Ben-Shahar and Positive Psychology

by James Zug It is enshrined in our nation’s founding document. The big three: life, liberty and happiness. In the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that one of the truths, sacred and undeniable, and one of the rights, inherent and inalienable, was the pursuit of happiness. In the edited final […]

Egyptian Inscription: El Welily & ElShorbagy Engraved on U.S. Open Trophies



Scoreboard Watching

by James Zug Team squash is a core element of the game in the U.S. There are thousands of team matches every winter across the country, running from youthful ones—middle school, high school and collegiate team play— to adults in league play and championships like the Howe Cup. In intercollegiate play last year alone, there […]

Fancy a Flutter? Gambling Transforming Pro Squash

By James Zug Gambling on sports has always been a complicated passion. In May 1536 Anne Boleyn was watching tennis at Whitehall Palace when a messenger from King Henry VIII asked her to present herself before the Privy Council where she was arrested. Apparently, Boleyn kept the messenger waiting, as she wanted to see the […]

Every Court Counts: A History of the Ambassador Tours

[Above: Press conferences are a core part of the ambassador program. In Kiev, the presenters included (l-r) Ukranian Squash Federation president Anastasia Netrebchuk, Ukraine Sports Committee president Illia Shevlyak, Ramy Ashour, Camille Serme and Andrew Shelley] by James Zug When we emerged from immigration, baggage claim and customs, it was like an explosion. A swarm […]

A Look Back: July 2018

Twenty Years Ago in Squash Magazine         May 1998 Angus Kirkland, pictured by Jay D. Prince, made the cover for capturing the 6.5 division at 1998 U.S. Skill Level Championships in Atlanta. Until July 2000 Kirkland, an Englishman, was the head pro at the Harvard Club of Boston, where he helped host two U.S. Opens. He […]

Squash Faces in the Crowd in Sports Illustrated



Hewitt Approaches Mateer’s Title Record; Evergreen Garno Matches Hahn’s Record

Above: (l-r) Ed Garno, the oldest man to ever win the men’s open draw at the National Doubles, cracked a cross-court while Steve Scharff, Alex Stait, and Zac Alexander watched in the finals of the men’s open draw. by James Zug The 2018 National Doubles came back to the game’s birthplace in Philadelphia in March.  […]