UK Squash

My Injury and Squash Season Update: US Tour

James Willstrop | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

Just recently there has been an array of injuries to squash players. Nick Matthew had his knee operated on before the Commonwealths, world number four Joelle King will be out for months after an achilles operation, and Ramy Ashour has missed several events because of his troublesome hamstring. And these are the more major ones...

Commonwealth Games Review: Part 2

James Willstrop | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

Few personal memories of Glasgow will be as strong as the first day of the squash event. I walked in to Scotstoun, the venue for the tabletennis and squash, for the first day, the round of 64. Glancing in to the main arena to see the previous matches I was hit by walls of applause.

Commonwealth Games review: Part 1

James Willstrop | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

I lost to Nick Matthew in the gold medal match in the men's and Peter Barker won bronze, making it a clean sweep of English medals.

Two Weekends of Squash on the Continent

James Willstrop | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

What a welcome we received the weekend before last for the French League Playoff finals in Le Mans, a city a couple of hours train ride from Paris. Now on the wrong side of 30, I am happily able to say that squash still offers opportunities to seek out new venues and bustling sporting communities in unexpected places.

Swiss Squash Event a Big Success

James Willstrop | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

I was in Zurich last week for the Grasshopper Cup, a tournament which has enjoyed steady growth over the last few years. The 2014 edition was the first time it had been elevated to a $50,000 International 50 event after having staged a $25,000 and $35,000 event in 2012 and 2013.

Anything To Declare? Yeah Just This Four Stone Squash (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK

Authorities have confiscated a four stone squash after it was illegally imported into Britain. The less-than-discreet vegetable – measuring four...

Squash on Ice for the Winter Olympics?

James Willstrop | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

After many countries played out their National Events during last week's short International hiatus it was back to action in the Premier Squash League, British squash's foremost league competition.

A Reminder of the Limits to Life of a Squash Player

James Willstrop | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

The life of a squash player is one that demands focus and huge amounts of dedication and it is quite difficult to really think of anything else. Being the best you can requires full throttle effort. Which is probably why many of us get to 35 and don't have a clue in hell what to do next.

Squashed Unfairly in the Olympic Bid

Joel Durston | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Sport
Joel Durston

Squash - just an old man's game, isn't it? That's the common refrain I get - or I sense people are thinking but too polite to say - when I mention that I play, watch or - as I'm now starting to do - report on the game.

A Baby and a World Championship All in the Course of a Week

James Willstrop | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

The press are interested in the baby, a welcome diversion for me and I am happy to talk about it. Few of the questions they ask regarding plans are answerable until the proverbial bridge is crossed... I beat Englishman Tom Richards to reach the third round.

Ashour Survives Scare in Manchester

Joel Durston | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Joel Durston

Ramy Ashour is still on course to be crowned World Champion in Manchester, but will be hoping he faces no more scares after his first round game.

Ashour Looking to Extend Winning Run at the Squash World Championships

Joel Durston | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Joel Durston

All eyes at the AJ Bell World Men's Squash Championships, the squash world's biggest event, will be on World No1 Ramy Ashour, who is "hungry" to extend his astonishing winning run of 45 straight games.

Recipe of the Week: Spirale Pasta With Squash, Pancetta and Cannelloni Beans

Theo Randall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This recipe is a great way to incorporate squash with pasta and it doesn't require baking the squash in the oven. The addition of the pancetta and sage makes it richer and by adding the cannellini beans give it a much heartier texture and flavour

Olympic Rejection Again for Squash as Wrestling Gets the Vote

James Willstrop | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

On Sunday the world of professional squash just about came to a standstill. Never has one decision seemed to matter so much, nor has any one decision threatened to have greater impact. If squash were to secure a place in the Olympic Games the possibilities looked endless, whereas failure may or may not point to stagnation...

Match Fitness the Key as New Season Looms

James Willstrop | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

Over the summer months winter sport players will have most likely been using the time to get into a routine of hard graft on the training pitch which is vitally important for the more than arduous season ahead. About now, in the lead up to the beginning of the competitive season in squash it becomes important to find some match play to bring all the hard training together and gather specific match sharpness.

Squash for the Olympics: Decision Time

James Willstrop | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

We want the Olympics to be squash's ultimate sporting event. We have a spectacle to offer, which will provide millions more people an opportunity to discover and take part in a fun, sociable and healthy sport. We have left it all out there now. Our cards are on the table. We've little else to give.

The Legend of Wilf Wooller

Chris Saunders | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Sport
Chris Saunders

I didn't know who Wilf Wooller was, either. Until recently when I was researching my forthcoming book, From the Ashes: The REAL Story of Cardiff City Football Club, and his name cropped up in some vintage match reports.

England Become World Squash Champions in Mulhouse

James Willstrop | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

An incredible few weeks for England Squash culminated with the Men's squash team becoming World Champions in Mulhouse last Saturday.

Brilliant Win for England's Massaro in the Wimbledon of Squash

James Willstrop | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

Laura Massaro last weekend became the first women's English winner of the British Open since Lisa Opie, who in 1991 against the odds, won at a time when Susan Devoy of New Zealand was such a dominant force.

Now the Football Season's Over...

Joel Durston | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Sport
Joel Durston

Football is often accused of 'being out of touch', overly corporate and expensive and populated by indifferent and vapid dilettantes - a giant behemoth devouring all in its path.

Malaysian Tournament a Big Success for British Players

James Willstrop | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

The fantastic performance of the English players in Malaysia certainly bodes well for the lead up to the British Open, the next major, in Hull from the 20th-26th May.

Jahangir Khan: A Sporting Legend

James Willstrop | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

His legendary athleticism was spawned from a training schedule that would frighten most people to death: his long early morning runs were merely gentle precursors to the day's activities. He didn't even consider it part of the training, merely an add on.

The Changing Face of Squash

James Willstrop | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

Tennis is similar in that the conditions play a considerable part in the outcome of matches, and i'm sure that, as in squash, no two courts the world over are the same. There are also similar additional factors which have helped to make tennis evolve significantly over time too.

Squash's Olympic Hurdle

Joel Durston | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Sport
Joel Durston

Squash has no Olympic funding from UK Sport, because, despite great efforts, it is still not an Olympic sport - something most in the sport consider a travesty. As such, squash receives no UK sport funding.

New York Magic for Squash at Grand Central Terminal

James Willstrop | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

I no doubt run the risk of repeating myself around this time of year, but after arriving back from the Tournament of Champions in New York I just grow fonder and fonder of the event every time. It's the ringleader of all events on tour and my personal favourite.