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A New Pathway For the Next Generation of Squash Professionals

[Above: Karim Ibrahim, Barrett Takesian, Scott Brown, Lauren Mariano, Adam Hamill] by Chris McClintick Squash in the United States is on the forefront of modernization and expansion. The U.S. boasts the fastest-growing squash participation rate worldwide with 66% growth overall since 2010 to more than 1.7 million players today. The US Squash-pioneered Club Locker technology […]

It’s About Time

By Will Carlin Howard Armitage is about to hit his third off-balance shot in a row. He has been on defense since his backhand return of serve caught the sidewall and landed about halfway between the front wall and the short line on the right side of the court. He had to scramble and lunge […]

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 […]

SquashBusters Opens New Facility in Providence

By James Zug In December 2017, SquashBusters and Moses Brown School officially opened a remarkable squash facility in Providence, RI. More than 19,000 square feet, the Gorgi Family Squash & Education Center is a twelve-court facility, with eleven singles courts and one hardball doubles court built by CourtTech. In addition, there are two classrooms, locker […]

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 […]

Charlottesville Welcomes the World

by Chris McClintick This summer the 2018 World Masters will be hosted stateside for the first time in tournament history at the Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville, Virginia. The biennial tournament, the world’s largest adult squash event, is one of the major championships run by the World Squash Federation. It was originally started in 1976 […]

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 […]

Squash Saved My Life

By Stephen Weber In high school I started sports in courts with a little tennis, and while in college in Minnesota, I picked up handball. When I was twenty-eight, my econometrics professor in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) introduced me to squash. We played at the newly-built Nielson Tennis Stadium. I have […]

Time for the Beach: Two New Novels

By James Zug Eden Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg Berkeley, CA: She Writes Press, 2017 A family struggling to overcome devastating secrets while in a beautiful place is the core of Jeanne Blasberg’s debut novel. Blasberg is most well-known to this magazine’s readers as a squash leader. While at Smith, she picked up the game and played […]