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    Distance Makes The Heart Grow Stronger - The Squash World Unites!

    Mar 29, 2020 6:53:33 AM / by Alex Robertson posted in Squash Tips, Squash Training, Learn more about squash, Pro Squash Tour, PSA, PSASquashTV

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    The global COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on everybody. With the PSA Tour suspended until the end of April and most local clubs now closed, it's definitely a very strange and uncertain time for squash worldwide.

    BUT... (and that's a big but), it's amazing to see so many amateurs, professionals, and fans shining a positive light on such a negative situation. The sense of community in the world of squash has been overwhelming on social media, with players from all over coming together to share training regimes, challenges, general help, and all-round awesome content.

    PSA Content

    With no live squash to watch, the PSA have done a great job of giving squash fans their regular fix of professional content. The PSA Youtube Channel is full of awesome segments like 'Signature Shots', 'PSA Rewinds', and, our personal favourite, the 'Greatest Battles' videos, the most recent of which highlights some of the closest matches between Mohamed Elshorbagy and Ramy Ashour.

    PSA also post regular content on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts which feature some great trickshot compilations, isolation games, and even videos to wash your hands to...

     

    Wash your hands

    Professionals Share Workouts & Training Tips

    It's clear that many people are using this time to work on their strength, fitness, and flexibility to make sure they're fully prepared for getting back on court.

    Many squash professionals such as Miguel Rodríguez, Grégory Gaultier, and Nouran Gohar have been sharing squash-orientated fitness exercises and challenges on social media, giving amateur players an insight into the world of the pros, and allowing them to tailoring their own stay-at-home training. English ex world no. 1 Nick Matthew has also been streaming his own regular live training workouts so you can train in real time with an all time great!

    Be sure to take a look on their social media accounts if you're trying to prepare your body for when squash clubs re-open.

    However, it must be mentioned, one of our personal favourites is Amanda Sobhy's 'In Home Workout' video, if you haven't seen it, be sure to take a look on her Instagram.

    You won't be disappointed!

    The #toiletpaperchallenge Revolution

    Possibly the most entertaining thing to come out of this situation is the numerous squash challenges and trickshots being posted by professionals and amateurs, which are getting more extreme by the day!

    (We believe) it all started with Daryl Selby posting a video of himself hitting a squash ball through the middle of a roll of toilet paper... and Bog Roll Bullseye was invented. Over the past week or so players from all over have been posting their own creative versions of the #StayAtHomeChallenge, hitting squash balls at various targets. Many of the best clips have been shared by Daryl and other pros and gone viral within the squash world.

    This creativity is doing an awesome job of bringing squash players together through a difficult time, while promoting the sport and giving it an entertaining edge, and we hope it continues even when we're all back playing again!

    To finish with, here's one of the best clips from 'The Colombian Cannonball' Miguel Rodríguez:

     

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    The 2020 Windy City Open - Emotion, controversy, and incredible squash

    Mar 6, 2020 5:02:39 PM / by Alex Robertson posted in Tournament, tournaments, pro squash, Pro Squash Tour, PSA, PSA Tour, PSASquashTV, Squash TV

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    A Short Rundown of the Event:

    This year's Windy City Open in Chicago was an absolute rollercoaster of unbelievable squash, and was packed full of marathon matches. With some stand-out performances from multiple players such as Borja Golan, Diego Elias, Mathieu Castagnet, Camille Serme, Sarah-Jane Perry, and of course Paul Coll... just to name a few! This tournament certainly wasn't one to be missed.

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    Superman faces Mr Fantastic in the 2019 PSA World Championship quarter finals!

    Mar 2, 2019 6:05:01 PM / by Alex Robertson posted in paul coll, Dunlop, Eye Rackets, Pro Squash Tour, PSA, Review, Squash TV

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    Gawad takes the win at the Black Ball Open 2018

    Dec 12, 2018 9:18:28 PM / by Alex Robertson posted in Karim Abdel Gawad, Pro Squash Tour, PSA, Review

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    Squash at the 2015 Pan Am Games

    Jul 10, 2015 9:24:21 PM / by Diego Caballero posted in News, Press Releases, pro squash, Pro Squash Tour, PSA, squash

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    With the Pan Am games coming to Toronto from July 7th to July 26th and with squash running from July 11th to July 17th, we are excited to see the great level of squash that will be displayed from both men and women. With a top ten player on each category, there are clear favorites but it won’t be too easy for them as there are potential dark-horses that can come out on top. Here are the favorites for both the men and women as well as the other top contenders:

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    David Palmer has joined the US based Pro Squash Tour

    Nov 15, 2011 11:07:05 PM / by Jeff Warren posted in News, David Palmer, Pro Squash Tour, PSA, PST

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    PSA Participation Policy and the PST Response

    Oct 16, 2010 8:41:40 AM / by Jeff Warren posted in Pro Squash Tour, PSA, PSA Participation Guidelines, PST, PST Response, squash

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    I was logged in to my Twitter account @controlthet yesterday when I received the following tweet from @usprosquash: "PST Responds to PSA Attack http://fb.me/zI4I53eC." I followed the link, read the initial statement from the PSA (Professional Squash Association) regarding their new participation policy and the response from the PST (Pro Squash Tour). I opened my email and received an email from SquashZag blogging on the subject and read his response as well.  I then stepped back and thought about why the PSA would do this, are there parallels in other sports and whether they were justified or not.

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    US Pro Squash Tour - No let rule

    Jun 1, 2010 8:55:26 PM / by Jeff Warren posted in let, no let, yes let, Pro Squash Tour, referee, referees, rules, squash, stroke

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    A couple of months ago squash enthusiasts were debating the US Pro Squash Tour's 5-Let rule, now there are no Lets!  Can this work?  Perhaps, time will tell but let's first take a better a look at its intent.

    In the last couple of days there has been a great deal of talk about this subject and with good reason.  This is a pretty significant change.  It is a fact that in squash interference will occur.  You have two people in a very confined space trying to move to and from the same place, the 'T' to the ball.  Some contact is inevitable. Traditionally when a player believed they were interfered with and thought the interference prevented them from playing an appropriate shot they would stop play and appeal for a Let.  The referee would then have 3 choices, yes Let, no Let, or Stroke.  There is a defined process for this but for the most part it is interrupted as follows:

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