Will Carlin

Staying Alive

By Will Carlin Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet was tired. His opponent, Englishman Daryl Selby, knew this, and so perhaps he can be forgiven for being certain he’d won a point during a second-round match at the Windy City Open in Chicago. He just didn’t count on Castagnet pulling off one of the greatest recoveries of all […]

Will’s World: Ring in the New

You may have heard the news last month: squash is once again shortlisted for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. We have been down this road before. Perhaps because of the high expectations, enormous disappointment, and lingering heartbreak from missing out on a place on the program for the 2020 Olympic Games […]

Will’s World: Loss Avoidance

By Will Carlin At a few minutes before 5pm on a September Saturday in 2011, Novak Djokovic was facing double match point against Roger Federer in the U.S. Open semifinals. Novak Djokovic clenched his jaw, nodded his head and bent down into a crouch to return serve. At the same stage of the previous year’s […]

Will’s World: Sniff it Out

By Will Carlin Some matches were blowouts; others were excruciatingly close. Some matches were filled with incredibly hard hitting; others were played with an inordinate number of deft drop shots and sky high lobs. Some matches featured regular rallies of thirty or more; others had few rallies of more than a couple of shots. But […]

Will’s World 2014 The Year of Champions

2014: The Year of Champions By Will Carlin The end of the year in squash featured two of the most stunning matches in history at the men’s and women’s world championships. The two players who emerged triumphant are two of the most celebrated players in squash today. The year was filled with notable results from […]

Will’s World Invisible Gorilla

By Will Carlin In 1999, Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris conducted an experiment that featured a short video of two groups of three people passing around a basketball. In the video, one of the groups wears black t-shirts and the other wears white. Each of the groups has its own basketball and group members pass the […]

Will’s World Peer Power

By Will Carlin We all want to belong. Perhaps in high school no one feels totally comfortable; I was no exception. I loved learning. It almost didn’t matter the topic; if there were a great teacher, the subject automatically became interesting. I did lots of the extra reading, and I sometimes met with faculty members after school […]

Will’s World One More Point

By Will Carlin I was hurting. Badly. It was a summer tournament, and it was hot. My soaked shirt clung to my torso, and the grip of my racquet was so slippery that I was having trouble keeping it from twisting in my hand. My shoes were beginning to squish as my sweat had saturated […]

Will’s World Seven Faults

By Will Carlin In the fall of 1962, John McPhee got a phone call from his father. McPhee was not yet the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer he would later become; in fact, he had not yet written his first book. McPhee’s father, on the other hand, was already retired from his career as a physician to college athletes, mostly at Princeton University. He knew athletic talent […]