Professional Squash

Exit Stage Left: Nicol David & Ramy Ashour Retire



$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 […]

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



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 […]

Mimicking the Pros

by Matt Lombardi Growing up as a sports-crazed kid, there were few things I enjoyed more than watching great athletes on TV and then running outside, while their images were still burned on my retina, and imitating their play. It was more than imitation—it was a form of possession. As I swished jump shots from […]

The Merger of Hardball and Softball

by James Zug A quarter century ago, the men’s hardball and softball tours merged. On January 1, 1993 the World Professional Squash Association and the International Squash Players Association ceased to exist, replaced by the new Professional Squash Association. The PSA became the sole global association for men’s pro squash. Without the merger, the incredible […]

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 […]

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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 […]