By Chris McClintick Olivia Blatchford’s U.S. career came full circle during the 2017 U.S. Women’s Championship at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. Although only twenty-four years old, Blatchford was making her tenth consecutive appearance in the National Singles, which was held alongside the U.S. Junior Bronze Championships on the last weekend of April. As...
Intercollegiate squash, entering its ninety-eighth season, is looking as vibrant as it ever has. Diversity is the current watchword in the College Squash Association: there are more teams from more regions of the country and more players and coaches from across the country and around the world. Players hail from...
By James Zug Squash has gone south. The McArthur Squash Center at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, opened in May 2013. The 33,000 square-foot building boasts a four-wall, white-ball glass showcourt with stadium seating for 50, bleachers for 250 and standing room for another 700. In addition,...
SMAG-Books 12 Summer Reading: Herewith is our second literary salon where we review the latest books about squash. Three of the four books were self-published; the fourth was privately published- all can be obtained with easy online sleuthing... By James Zug A Shot and a Ghost: A Year in the Brutal World of...
By James Zug A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight By Maria Toorpakai with Katharine Holstein (Twelve, 2016) Within the squash world, it was well-known that Maria Toorpakai had a special story. She had been a promising junior, the first woman to come out of the...
By James Zug Photos by Steve Line/SquashPics.com Five years ago, squash in the Caymans was on life support. Hurricane Ivan swept through the Cayman Islands in September 2004. Ivan, lest you forgot Katrina, was one of the top ten most intense Atlantic hurricanes in history and the sixth most damaging in...

Gold Record

Team USA’s squash players standing atop of the podium and singing the “Star-Spangled Banner,” with hands over hearts and with gold medals hanging from their necks. At the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru in July, this scene became a regular occurrence for six Americans. They summited the highest podium...
By James Zug It was never supposed to work out like this. In the summer of 1981, Princeton’s athletic director asked Bob Callahan, newly-married IBM salesman, to be on a search committee to find a new coach for the Princeton University men’s squash team. He was a recent alum, former...
by Dent Wilkens Photography by Michael T. Bello/mtbello.com The dominance of the 2017-2018 Harvard women’s team may best be contextualized by sophomore Amelia Henley’s position on the team. The Englishwoman had a robust squash resume coming into college: she had won the GU19 European Junior Championship and the GU17 British Junior...