James Zug

The Double Treble: Harvard’s Haul Punctuates a Superlative Season

by James Zug Photography by Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com. For college squash, the twenty teens turned out to be the Decade of Way. Mike Way started coaching at Harvard in August 2010. Since then his squads have captured nine national team titles; the next best mark for the decade is six, by Trinity. His players have […]

National Singles on Fire

[Above: Olivia Blatchford Clyne and Todd Harrity] By James Zug For the 108th time, the best singles players in the country gathered to play each other for the right to claim a national championship. The 2019 National Singles, spread across seventeen divisions, were special not just because it continued the squash world’s oldest annual national […]

Exit Stage Left: Nicol David & Ramy Ashour Retire



International Multi-Sports Games With Squash



$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 […]