Will’s World: The Fine Print

By Will Carlin There is a trope that medical researchers use to explain why it is sometimes impractical or unnecessary to perform a full randomized controlled trial: there’s never been one for parachutes. Such a trial would be silly and unethical because it would involve randomly assigning test subjects either a parachute or a non-working […]

2018 Milestones

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 […]

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 […]