James Zug

Qatar Classic Emulates Tennis

By James Zug The 2017 Qatar Classic was one of the most special tournament in pro squash history. This was not by accident. Since 1992, the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, in the Al Dafna district of Doha, has hosted a major men’s squash tournament. It was called the Qatar International in the 1990s, […]

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 […]

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes: How to Rethink Your Life

By James Zug When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want By Mike Lewis (New York: Henry Holt, 2018) When we last visited with Mike Lewis with the article “Have Racquet, Will Travel” in our February 2016 issue, Lewis was wrapping up his squash career, having reached a world ranking […]

Flood & Fog: Meadow Mill Celebrates Twenty-Fifth Anniversary

By James Zug A flagship squash facility in Baltimore, Meadow Mill Athletic Club is celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary this autumn. There will be a week of squash, highlighted by a $5,000 PSA tournament, a junior gold tournament and a fiesta on November 3. That is exactly twenty-five years and a day after Meadow Mill originally […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Doubles Goes a Mile High

by James Zug The eighty-second Monticello Associations U.S. Squash Doubles Championships had a distinctly Rocky Mountain flavor. One hundred and twenty-three teams came to Denver this past March, making it the largest National Doubles ever held west of the Mississippi. The Denver Athletic Club, with its two courts, was the center of the weekend, with […]

Love is Love is Love: Jenny Duncalf & Rachael Grinham—Champions On Court, Pioneers Off Court

By James Zug Jenny Duncalf and Rachael Grinham are two of the greatest squash players of the early twenty-first century and leaders on the professional world tour. As they mature in their careers, they have come to realize that because of that profile, they can have a major impact on thousands of people without hitting […]

Three New American Squash Clubs

by James Zug Building your own squash club is a common dream amongst passionate players. Three new facilities that opened earlier this year each offer different models of turning those visions into bricks-and-mortar reality. Squash On Fire Origins: Antony Lanier is the founder and president of EastBanc, a real estate development firm. He is an […]