In the inaugural issue of Sports Illustrated in August 1954, a small column called “Pat on the Back” ran in the front of the magazine. It was meant, they said, as “a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good...
Above: Amanda Sobhy (r) clinched the National Singles title in her first career match against two-time finalist Reeham Sedky. by Chris McClintick March 10 is a date that will always have some negative association for Amanda Sobhy. It was on March 10, 2017, that the then twenty-three-year-old ruptured her Achilles tendon...
by Chris McClintick Chris Hanson entered the 2017 S.L. Green National Singles fully fit for the first time in nearly a year. He considered himself lucky even to be at the tournament. The 2015-2016 season was the Dartmouth graduate’s most successful season on the PSA tour. It was his third season...
Above: At just fifteen years old, Marina Stefanoni is already ranked No. 77 in the world professionally. by Chris McClintick Five past champions picked up another national title at the sixty-third National Juniors, four of which came in new age divisions. The girls’ U19 draw saw four 2017 World Juniors teammates—Marina Stefanoni,...
By Jay D. Prince (From Squash Magazine, May 2005) Let’s say you’re born with athletic genes to English parents and you live in the western United States. As you’re growing up, your interests draw you to two sports that most would consider to be relatively obscure—unless you actually lived in...
by James Zug A quarter century ago, the men’s hardball and softball tours merged. On January 1, 1993 the World Professional Squash Association and the International Squash Players Association ceased to exist, replaced by the new Professional Squash Association. The PSA became the sole global association for men’s pro squash. Without...

Squash in Saudi

In January 2018 the Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters was held in Riyadh. The historic $165,000 tournament was the first-ever professional sporting event for women in Saudi Arabia. Nour El Sherbini captured the inaugural event, beating Raneem El Welily a month after losing to her in the finals of...
By Jay D. Prince If last year was a year of firsts for the U.S. Squash Championships, the taste was so good that having seconds at the McArthur Squash Center at Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, was well worth the one year wait. At the 2015 U.S. Squash Championships,...
Above: (l-r) Ed Garno, the oldest man to ever win the men's open draw at the National Doubles, cracked a cross-court while Steve Scharff, Alex Stait, and Zac Alexander watched in the finals of the men's open draw. by James Zug The 2018 National Doubles came back to the game’s birthplace...
By James Zug It was a storybook ending to a rollicking ten-day celebration of squash excellence: Nour El Tayeb and Ali Farag, a married couple, each triumphed to win the 2017 U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management. It was almost unique in the annals of sports. The most celebrated example...