Merion Says Farewell to Hardball Singles

By James Zug In February, the U.S. National Hardball Singles Championships had a successful farewell as a national championship at Merion Cricket Club. Eighty-one players from around the continent came to Philadelphia to play with the Slazenger fuchsia ball in the eighteen-and-a-half-foot-wide court. The draws contained some classic hardball names—Davenport, Edwards, Pearson—as well as a […]

SquashBond Promotes Bonds of Friendship in Israel

By James Zug It sounds deceptively simple. Put two kids in a squash court and let them play. Nothing is simple in Israel. History, religion, politics impinge—disruptively—on every aspect of life. “Back in 2012, I was talking with Variv Bloomberg at a tournament and we got the idea of trying to help kids in Israel,” […]

How to be a Good Squash Parent: A Look at New Books

By James Zug The Winning Parent: A Parent’s Guide for the Journey of Competitive Sport—A System for Winning Now and Forever with Your Children in Sport By Daniel Massaro (New York: Mairs & Shaw Publishing, 2015) Last year Danny Massaro published this important book about parenting and sports. A Brit in his early forties, Massaro […]

Have Racquet, Will Travel: Mike Lewis Vagabond Squash Pro

Good Literary Length: Three New Books

Good Literary Length: Three New Books By James Zug Trading Secrets: Squash Greats Recall Their Toughest Duels Rod Gilmour (Durrington, England: Pitch Publishing, 2015) Oral history books are notoriously unreliable. What one person remembers might not jib with the facts, and memories tend to fade and rust over time. But oral histories also draw you, […]

Women’s Squash Week Spurs Record Participation

Playing Squash to One Hundred: Fantasy or Reality?

by Robert P. Mosier Is there anything an aging squash player can do to improve the odds of being on the court or even a national champion at age 100? With average life expectancy continually edging up, it is an interesting question to ponder. A study group of squash players, who call themselves the “PS100” […]

The Maestro Moves On

By James Zug Amr Shabana was never absurdly dominant. The Maestro wasn’t like Jahangir Khan going five and a half years without a loss, or Heather McKay not losing a game in sixteen years. Shabana won one match in five and another in four en route to his last major, the 2014 Tournament of Champions. Even in his prime, it was so. In Bermuda […]

Charlotte Squash Fever

By Chris McClintick For years, the Providence Square Shopping Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, had festered in a state of abandon. Once a thriving shopping center with more than twenty outlets opened in the early 1970s, the new millennium brought with it financial strife and foreclosure to its corporate inhabitants, leaving boarded-up shop windows in […]