By James Zug Photography by Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com It was a Sunday in the winter. Chris Brownell was giving squash lessons. She taught all afternoon, working with youngsters, teenagers, adults. She wore a black shirt and black shorts and a big white watch on her freckled wrist. She was encouraging and...
By James Zug The 2017 Qatar Classic was one of the most special tournament in pro squash history. This was not by accident. Since 1992, the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, in the Al Dafna district of Doha, has hosted a major men’s squash tournament. It was called the Qatar...
By Richard Eaton Photos by Steve Line/SquashPics.com “Yes, she can definitely keep her job!” Nicol David joked about Sarah Fitz-Gerald. Well, the sparring partner from Australia had just helped the Malaysian to a fifth World Open title which equalled her own record. The humor revealed something of both women. David looked more...
By James Zug After three years in Charlottesville, the National Singles returned to Philadelphia for a large, exciting and record-extending tournament. The 106th annual championships were hosted by Philadelphia Cricket Club (PCC), with many matches also being played at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy down the street. PCC was also a...
by James Zug Photography by Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com. For college squash, the twenty teens turned out to be the Decade of Way. Mike Way started coaching at Harvard in August 2010. Since then his squads have captured nine national team titles; the next best mark for the decade is six, by...
By James Zug This November US Squash received the largest pledge in its 110-year history. The Ganek Family Foundation contributed $2 million to establish the Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach Fund. Paul Assaiante is now the Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach. The Ganeks are longtime supporters of squash, including urban...
By James Zug 1989 We had lost to Harvard in the regular season in 1989, 6-3 in Cambridge. A week later we beat them in the semis of the first nationals team tournament at Yale. We beat them 7-2. And then we beat Princeton in the finals. It was theoretically...
by Chris McClintick They almost withdrew. It was the title they wanted most and the last to elude them on the SDA tour. As the 2015 Briggs Cup was starting, Damien Mudge was nursing a debilitating pinched nerve in his right foot. He was far from 100%. Ben Gould’s parents,...
The dream of a national home for squash in the U.S. Has been envisioned for decades. Having a critical mass of courts in one location would create a space to bring the entire U.S. Squash community together, to broaden access and nurture the development of excellence in the sport....
By James Zug This past year, three nonagenarians and one great writer died, leaving our squash landscape a lot less vivid. These four men were all iconoclasts: they were outspoken leaders and their outsized personalities left deep, historically unique imprints across our country. John Cornish Former Mass SRA president and the last...