Maria Toorpakai—The Squash Pro Who Became a Media Star

By James Zug A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight By Maria Toorpakai with Katharine Holstein (Twelve, 2016) Within the squash world, it was well-known that Maria Toorpakai had a special story. She had been a promising junior, the first woman to come out of the great […]

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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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106: James Zug Profiles Nicol David as She Breaks the All-Time Record For Number of Months at World No. 1

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Squash King of Queens

By Chris McClintick Photographed by Samuel Vélez A downtown B train flashed by as it pulls into the 81st street station on the upper west side of New York City. The trek from the Wharton Performance headquarters, one block north of the Natural History Museum, south of Central Park then east to Chris Gordon’s apartment in Elmhurst, Queens, […]

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Travel to My Hometown

By Camille Serme I train at a club that is twenty minutes from Paris: the Centre Sportif Marie-Thérèse Eyquem. I just love Paris because there’s always something to do. I think the coolest thing is the Eiffel Tower—it’s so beautiful and big and you can see it from many different places around the city. My […]

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The Moose is Still Loose: Mike Corren, the All-Time Great You’ve Never Heard of

By James Zug Look at the list of top eight title winners in the world: seven of the best players ever and a guy the casual observer hasn’t heard of. It’s Mike Corren, the Australian known universally by the nickname Moose. He’s reached 38 in the world; he’s ranked 78 right now. He’s also the […]

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Hanson Aims to Move Up U.S. and International Ladders

By Chris McClintick As qualifying for the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open squash championships began at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia on October 9, so did Chris Hanson’s professional squash life. The twenty-two-year-old American’s debut against world No. 66 Mohamed Abouelghar marked the beginning of a professional career stemming from years on the U.S. junior […]

For forty years Bob Callahan has been the public face of the Princeton squash program, whether as a head-band wearing undergraduate, a coach leading a winter training trip to Egypt or during his famous speeches during player introductions.

Pastures New: Bob Callahan Retires From Princeton Squash After a Revolutionary Career

By James Zug It was never supposed to work out like this. In the summer of 1981, Princeton’s athletic director asked Bob Callahan, newly-married IBM salesman, to be on a search committee to find a new coach for the Princeton University men’s squash team. He was a recent alum, former captain and lived nearby. He […]