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...
By James Zug The 2011 (Part Two) U.S. National Intercollegiate Doubles Championships came to Philadelphia as a part of the U.S. Open’s first weekend. After more than two decades of incubation and careful attention at the University Club of New York, including a tournament in March this year, the intercollegiate...
The third-annual Top Fifty* comes to you with a twist. Despite the heavy historical weight of a few cities and regions, squash has, for well more than a half century, been a national game. After the last state without a court—Arkansas—put one in Bentonville in 2001, you could play...
By Richard Weber The Arlen Specter US Squash Center, scheduled to open in Philadelphia on the campus of Drexel University in fall of 2020, will welcome into the squash community players who otherwise would not have access to the sport. The programs run at the Specter Center will serve the...
By James Zug April 2013 was another extraordinary month in the extraordinary life of Victor Elmaleh. The ninety-four year-old Elmaleh (pronounced El-Mali) went to work each weekday as the chairman of his real estate development firm. He played squash. He and his wife Sono Osato celebrated their seventieth wedding anniversary...
by Chris McClintick It was the middle of July, and Roger Federer’s voice echoed down the hallway from the Tansill classroom in Trinity College’s Ferris Athletic Center. Six prospective American squash professionals listened intently as the US Squash Academy classroom session led off with a YouTube clip. The Swiss tennis legend...
Muggy Mugaseth might be the answer to the trivia question of who was the first international student-athlete to play intercollegiate squash. The cover of Squash: A History of the Game features a photograph of the 1951 Harvard men’s squash team. Standing next to a six foot five David Watts is...
By Richard Eaton Photos by Steve Line/squashpics.com There were many well-publicized reasons why Ramy Ashour’s capture of the British Open title—at a pioneering outdoor venue in Hull City’s soccer stadium—has carried him further along the road to greatness. But one of the reasons was hidden. Quite possibly the most important one. Much...
By James Zug During the NUSEA leadership conference, US Squash’s CEO Kevin Klipstein awarded the President’s Cup to William E. Simon, Jr. for his many decades of dedication, support and leadership in the game. Bill Simon first took up squash in 1969 as a freshman at Williams College, when his tennis...

The Two Swedes

By James Zug New York was the crucible and Uptown was its red-hot center. Opened in the mid-1970s on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Uptown was the flagship of a new era. It had glamour (Woody Allen filmed a scene for his 1979 film Manhattan there; Alan Alda and Brian DePalma...