Will Carlin

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 […]

Will’s World: The Bull

By Will Carlin Pablo Picasso, the Spanish artist, lived most of his adult life in France. Even during the Second World War, while the Germans occupied the city, Picasso remained in Paris. When Adolf Hitler became Germany’s dictator, his personal artistic preference was given the force of law, and Picasso’s style did not fit the […]

Will’s World: A Wolf at the Door

By Will Carlin It was early morning, and the stands at the Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Terminal were empty. Below the bleachers, despite echoes from the commuters on their way to work, it was fairly quiet. But the lone exercise bike was humming. Nick Matthew, known as the Wolf,  was working out. It […]

Forget it

By Will Carlin It was a tough moment for Roger Federer. He already was down a set in the final of the 2017 Swiss Indoors to Juan del Potro, and he had just blown a second-set break point opportunity at 2-1 by making an error on a relatively straight-forward backhand volley. Uncharacteristically, he smashed his […]

Will’s World: The Fade

By Will Carlin Ten years ago, I had a conversation with James Willstrop—the future number one player in the world. James explained how hard it is for spectators to really understand a squash match between top pros, that the game had so many levels of subtlety that even good players don’t really see all the […]

Mr. Weymuller

By Will Carlin When I was eleven years old, I thought that wearing a Captain Kirk uniform to school was pretty cool. I was sure that stealing Jenny Durst’s shoe would get her to like me. My favorite sandwich was peanut butter with raisins, Red Hot cinnamon candies, and sprinkles. I was a strange kid. […]

Will’s World: White Elephant

by Will Carlin In 624 BC, Nepal was called Lumbini. The king of one of Lumbini’s tribes was a warrior named Suddhodana. Known as the “King of Law,” Suddhodana reigned according to the rule of the land, and he was widely honored and respected for his fairness and judgment—both by his tribe, the Sakyas, and […]

Will’s World: Take Note

By Will Carlin My high school squash notebook looks like a rainbow. For some unremembered reason, I was rigorous about keeping my notes in a different color each day. Not just any color: they had to proceed systematically according to the color of the rainbow. Red one day, orange the next. Yellow followed by green […]

Lighting Up Blue

By Will Carlin Rich Furman likes to fish. An architect by trade, Rich is a fifty-something squash coach with grey eyes that sometimes turn piercing blue, a ponytail and goatee, and a very lean build that serves him well both on the squash court and on the deck of a fishing boat. In the northeast, […]