Mostafa Asal, world no.1 and
squash's player of the future, reveals in an exclusive
interview with Squash Player magazine, given on the eve
of his ban from the sport, what the pressures are on him
and how he hates the game at times. He calls for reform
in key problem areas and we analyse the incidents that
led to Asal being ejected from the sport. He adorns the
cover, in a not untypical pose, while inside there are
more pictures of his unique celebration routines. Asal
also reveals his love of football and his obsessive
passion for the FIFA video game.
exclusive interview in this issue is with former world
champion Rodney Martin, who speaks to Squash Player
about his coaching role.
The issue includes all
the regular features, such as Gear, Club&Court, Events
and Workshop, in which Hesham el Attar explains how to
develop speed using ghosting and in the final of a
four-part series, Ali Farag explains how he works out a
game plan using SquashTV. In Gallery, James Zug takes us
behind the scenes at the Tournament of Champions.
EDITORIAL: Getting to know Mostafa Asal;
clear refereeing guidelines and ad-hoc decisions
NEWS: Asal’s ban adds a twist in the race to be world
no.1; a long goodbye probably to Canary Wharf
WORLD SQUASH: There is a new Victorian era for squash,
in Australia, and it is 50 years up for European Squash
HALL OF FAME: Abou Taleb is inducted into the Squash
Player Hall of Fame
INTERVIEW: Mostafa Asal tells
Ian McKenzie about the pressure that is over-whelming
him and his love of football
ASAL BAN: Why was
the Egyptian prodigy banned? We analyse the evidence
INTERVIEW: Former world champion Rod Martin takes a
deep look inside his coaching role
FEATURE: Squash Player interviews young Dunlop stars
Finn Withington and Amina Orfi
support and Lewin Marsden’s enthusiasm add up to a
thriving club in Scarborough; ASB’s new outdoor court;
Jahangir opens a new centre; Nick Thompson of Melior and
ASB team up in the UK
GEAR: Reprints of the Jonah
Barrington classic ‘The Book of Jonah’ and ‘Jonah: The
official biography of Jonah Barrington’ are now
available; C-Smash, the new virtual racket game is
launched; and Paul Coll gets an Adidas grip.
COURT: Performances of the Month; Round-up; Rankings;
News; and Looking Forward
COMPETITION: Win Joel Markin’s Karakal Raw Pro 2.0
Signature Squash Racket
WORKSHOP: News includes:
Nick Matthew’s second home; launch of a SquashSkills
feature on Jonathon Power; Jesse Engelbrecht’s free
mental training success toolkit; Hesham El Attar on
ghosting for speed; and Drew’s Diagnosis on Hania El
GALLERY: James Zug takes a
peep behind the scenes at the ToC.
2022 Issue 4 THE ANNUAL
1. HOME PAGE [Cover pic attached]
SQUASH PLAYER AWARD ANNOUNCED
2. NEWS BRIEF
Who would you pick as Player of the Year?There has
rarely in squash been a more interesting question or
time. That isthe question we gave to an international
panel of experts from different continentsand the
answers are published in the latest issue of the Squash
Playermagazine, The Annual. We also have the Young
Player of the Year and the MostImproved Player Awards.
The experts pick their Highlight of the Year, what
isyours? We also have the Year in Stats - for example:
what was the longest matchof the year? The significant
squash records that have been broken during theyear are
published and we also include the popular Photos of the
Victor Crouin adorns the cover for thefirst
time and readers get a change to win his racket. And
read his story. Theissue includes all the regulars on
Gear, Club&Court, Events and Workshop inwhich Ali Farag
explains his game in Part 3 of his My Game series.
3. CONTENTS EDITORIAL: We look at the year and
the task our expert Panel has in selecting theAward
NEWS: Assem Allam passes on andleaves a
WORLD SQUASH: It is not hit and
miss,there is a strategy behind the actions of our lead
federation and Squash Player asks what it is.
OBITUARY: The great squash writer (scribe)Rex Bellamy
AWARDS: Squash Player announces its
HIGHLIGHTS: The panel ofexperts
pick their Highlights of the Year.
RECORDS: Howard Hardingpresents the year in Stats and
Mike Dale updates the sport’s records.
THE YEAR: Award winningphotographer Nathan Clarke
presents his best pics of 2022.
FEATURE: Will we
be hearing more of VictorCrouin? Most probably, yes!
This feature is an ideal place to start.
Squash57 joins in the unique 3 wallball championships in
CLUB&COURT: Outdoors in Luxembourg
andat the seaside in Yorkshire.
new man and colourfulKarakal.
Performances of the Month;Round-up; Rankings; Calendar;
News; and Looking Forward
Victor Crouin’s racket,the Dunlop Sonic Core Revelation
WORKSHOP: News; Drew’s Diagnosis on
Marwan’sOption Taking; Newton investigates Low Wee
Wern’s tenacious battle with injury;Hesham explains
ghosting; Engelbrecht explains the mental
ingredientsunderlying consistency; and Ali Farag
discusses opponents and attackingopportunities.
GALLERY: James Zug peep’s behind the scenes atthe US
Issue 4 SP2021 THE ANNUAL
FARAG REVEALS HISWINNING FORMULA
In the latestSquash Player magazine, Ali Farag
reveals the tactics that won him athird world title in
an exclusive in-depth interview in the Workshop
section.There are also contributions from Hesham El
Attar on ghosting, JesseEngelbrecht on controlling
nerves, Lee Drew on Diego Elias, Phillip Marlowe
onboasting and the WSF’s Major Maniam on anticipation.
In theThinking Outside The Box series the magazine
looks at Squash57’s invitation tothe outdoor 3WallBall
championships in Las Vegas and asks whether
reboundracket sports might be stronger together.
The editorcalls for the PSA to change the interpretation
of the interference rule after afiasco at the British
Nour El Tayebopens up about her sensational
return to the top of the sport, with baby intow. Other
features include BBC’s Outside Source presenter Ros
Atkins onhis squash passion, plus interviews with James
Willstrop and Joelle King asthey prepare for the defence
of their Commonwealth Games singles titles,starting on
COMMENT: Mike Clemson
proposes changes to Masters scoring; PatrickOsborn looks
for consistency in Squash57 balls and the editor points
out a refereeingrules fiasco.
ElShorbagy followsPeter Nicol’s example and opts to play
for England. Comment and criticismfollow.
SQUASH: Squash Player meets the new European
FEATURES: BBC Outside
Source presenter Ros Atkins explains whyhe is a squash
Nour El Tayeb gets back on thecircuit
with baby in tow.
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX:
Squash57 gets an invite to the outdoor3WallBall
Championships in Las Vegas.
Defending champions James Willstrop and JoelleKing look
forward to Birmingham 2022; preview; doubles prospects;
and United byBirmingham’s New Street Station
spectacular; Guyana prepares.
news including the new Squash+ Outdoor courtmade of
glass, steel and polycarbonate.
GEAR: Paul Coll
signs for Raw Sport, plus new rackets incoming fromHead
ON COURT: Comment on the mental
game; Round-up; Performance of theMonth; Rankings
analysis; News; Calendar; Looking Forward. British Open
andWorld Championship analysis.
Drew’s Diagnosis on Diego Elias, My Game by Ali
Farag,Hesham El Attar on the secrets of ghosting, Jesse
Engelbrecht on combatingnerves, Phillip Marlowe on
boasts and Major Maniam on deception.
When James Willstrop said, “I couldn’t ask for the ball
toflow of my racket any better.”
Zug on ChickenSoup, Polar Squash and La La Land.
Issue 4 SP2021 THE ANNUAL
In the first Squash
Playermagazine issue of 2022 Richard Eaton assess the
prospects of the fast-risingEnglish star Gina Kennedy
who graces our cover for the first (and perhaps notlast)
time. We also have the second part of a mini-series on
British Open champion PaulColl (with support from his
sponsor ROWE Motor Oil), detailing his journey from‘From
Greymouth to Greatness’ and the lessons he has learnt
In our ongoing ‘State of the
Game’and ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ series, Squash
Player takes a criticallook at the issues facing squash.
In this issue, we look in depth at (American)racquetball
and consider its life-cycle and outdoor developments. We
also lookat the development of racketball (Squash 57)
and ask if this is the easier,more accessible game we
have been waiting for.
In our Club&Court section,
we introduce the new ‘Chief Inspector’ of squash
standards,Tom Oldroyd, the Chair of the WSF Courts and
In our Workshop section,
Jesse Engelbrecht continues his series on
counteringpre-match nerves and Hesham El Attar explains
the different types of crosscourtand when to play them.
There is much more in this technical section for
theplayer keen to improve their own game and for
coaches, including articles on tacticalerrors to look
out for, on ideal length from Phillip Marlowe an
anticipation withMichael Khan.
COMMENT: Our editordiscusses Ukraine, mid-match coaching
and squash’s relationship with racketball
OBITUARY: The life andinfluence on squash of pioneer Ann
Jackson is remembered.
NEWS: Russia is
ostracizedfrom squash circles and the World Junior
Championships seeks a new home. Padelgrows and is in the
WORLD SQUASH: Scotlandgets behind World
FEATURES: What are the prospectsfor
England’s rising star Gina Kennedy?
Part two of
the Paul Coll series.We also look back at the career of
modern-day legend Gregory Gaultier.
James Zug looks atthe rise and fall of racquetball in
the US and its developments as an outoorpursuit.
STATE OF THE GAME: Thedevelopment of padel and the
experience of Dax Mellor.
Is it a question of
padel or racketball?
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX:
SquashPlayer looks at the evolution of squash and asks
if racketball is theeasier game we seek.
COURT: News, TomOldroyd is squash’s new chief inspector,
Abingdon Squash and Racketball Club goingstrong after 50
years, and the pleasure and practicalities of
GEAR: Paul Collappoints a
manager, Victor Crouin is snapped up by Dunlop while
Head girlsclimb into the top 10. Joel Makin reveals what
is in his bag.
ON COURT: Comment onthe battle
for no.1; round-up and performances of the month.
There is a first UKwin for Farag plus a wrestling
match at Canary Wharf. There is also News,Calendar and
WORKSHOP: News, Drew’sDiagnosis
on El Sherbini’s awareness, key tactical failures,
Hesham El Attar oncrosscourts, Jesse Engelbrecht on
nerves, Phillip Marlowe on fundaments and MichaelKhan on
GALLERY: Chanel no.555 forJahangir,
meeting up in Oz, squash theatre pre-Commonwealth Games,
a court inthe tropics, Sex Education and Zelenskyy takes
Issue 4 SP2021 THE ANNUAL
Headline: Player of the Year Announcement coming
2.NEWS BRIEF The 2021 Squash Player Awards, selected
by a panelof international experts, will be announced in
Squash Player magazine’s ‘Annual’edition on Wednesday
26th January. Categoriesinclude: Player of the Year,
Young Player of the Year, Most Improved Player of the
Year, Comeback of the Year and and Tournament ofthe
The sport’s all-time records arepublished
each year in Squash Player‘s ‘Annual’ edition. Our 2021
Stats feature, in partnership withsquashinfo.com,
reveals which player won most matches, played most
events andwho played the year’s longest match.
There are features on the next world no.1 Paul Coll,
theworld’s greatest collection of squash memorabilia, an
exclusive on a veryspecial pre-Commonwealth Games
showcase event in Birmingham and we catch upwith squash
genius turned pop star Ramy Ashour.
Club&Courtsection, we reveal how MSquash are setting the
trends at their futuristic newcentre MSquash Sono campus
in Connecticut. Mike Dale assess the state of oursport
after the pandemic and our ‘ThinkingOutside the Box’
feature looks in-depth at the Iranian outdoor
In the latestWorkshop section
Jesse Engelbrecht addresses pre-match nerves and Hesham
El Attarprovides ground-breaking analysis of a player’s
recovery path and position.Also more on Tactical Errors,
‘My Game’ with Olivia Fiechter, and the new Offthe Wall
Squash workshop on starting school programmes.
‘From TheGallery’,Alan Thatcher gives readers a peek
behind the scenes at Canary Wharfand explains why
Mohamed Asal was not in top form.
COMMENT: The Annual: Squash Player reviewsthe year and
our international judging panel decide on the Annual
COLUMNS: James Zug’s ‘Letter fromAmerica’
and former world no.1 Karwin Darwish picks Youssef
Ibrahim forthe top
NEWS: Birmingham New Street
Station to host aspectacular pre-Commonwealth Games
showpiece for squash; Alison Waters retires
WORLDSQUASH: Squash’s participation in multi-sport games
FEATURES: Ramy Ashour returns to the stage
THE ANNUAL: Records of the Year and how they stand
historically;the all-time records; the year in stats –
most matches played and won; longestmatch and more
AWARDS: Squash Player’s panel of
internationalexperts choose the Award winners for 2021:
Player of the Year, Young Player ofthe Year, Most
Improved Player of the Year, Comeback of the Year and
Tournamentof the Year.
STATE OF THE GAME: We
assess the health ofgrassroots squash in the aftermath
of the pandemic.
THINKINGOUT OF THE BOX: Squash
Player reports on the latestoutdoor squash initiative.
CLUB & COURT: Squash Player reviews thetechnology
used at the trend-setting MSquash Academy in
Connecticut: interactiveSQUASH,the latest lights; D-Wall
from TecnoBody and Blazepod to sharpen reaction times.
ON COURT: We look forward at a packed PSA Tour
calendar,with the ToC rescheduled for May. In the
rankings Paul Coll is breathing downthe neck of Ali
The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
provides a brilliantshowcase with Birmingham New
Street’s spectacular glass atrium the setting fora
week-long celebration of squash before the Games begin..
WORKSHOP: Graham Stevenson retires; Kenyainitiative;
Richard Millman’s Rally Ball brand; NZ Trio decamp to
Yorkshire;WSF coaches step up; Jesse Engelbrecht on
combating nerves; your tactics and what can go wrong;
Olivia Fiechter writes on her game; Hesham ElAttar
explains the secrets of repositioning; Off the Wall
reveal their schools plan;Lee Drew analyses Coll;
Phillip Marlowe goes ‘Court Dancing’,
Selby teams up with Harrow; Racketware comesin a new
version; Ashaway re-launch their Hybrid string; and the
Tecnifibrecompetition winners are announced.
GALLERY: Behind the scenes at Canary Wharf with
AlanThatcher - The story behind Asal’s crash; Tim court
short; Daryl Selby’s finalbid; Willstrop is third
reserve; Superman is grounded; international fans andthe
Issue 1 SP2021
1. HOME PAGE Headline: THINKING OUTSIDE THEBOX
2. NEWS BRIEF
Fares Dessouky is the cover
starof the first Squash Player magazineof 2021. In a
feature on him and a special analysis, we get to know
him betterand look at how he has bounced back from
defeat at Qatar 2020 to beat the worldno.1 twice in
How is our sport faring? Squash
Player’s ‘State of the Game’series continues with
authoritative articles by renowned coach Danny Lee
andexperienced club entrepreneur Steve Lewis.
Squash Playerchallenges the sport to ‘Think Outside the
Box’ and reveals how we can use theprinciples of our
game to take squash outside
New World Squash President
ZenaWooldridge details her vision for the sport, PSA
Chief Commercial Officer TommyBerden explains how
important a new agreement with the Infront agency is and
ex-worldno.1 Laura Massaro writes exclusively on her new
Former world champion RodneyMartin, a
formative influence on the modern game, starts a new
series bylooking at his early influences and Sarah-Jane
Perry analyses her game in MatchPoints.
first issue of our 50thyear, we look back at some of the
key issues and iconic covers of the last 50years.
COMMENT: Where are we taking this
great sport? Columns by JamesWillstrop, Gerry Gibson and
NEWS: MohammedElShorbagy ends his
Egyptian exile, but it doesn’t end well.
SQUASH: Theworld squash community pays tribute to Hany
Hamouda, the humble power behindEgyptian Squash.
FEATURES: LauraMassaro’s new book; Rodney Martin’s
beginnings; Sarah-Jane Perry’s MatchPoints; Fares
Dessouky goes from zero to hero; iconic covers in
SquashPlayer’s 50th year.
STATE OF THE GAME:Danny
Lee explains the importance of coaches, while Steve
Lewis charts the riseand fall of proprietary clubs in
THINKING OUT OF THEBOX: Is ‘wall squash’
an important complement to ‘court squash’, and what
shouldthe rules be? We also review street rackets.
INTERVIEWS: TommyBerden explains the PSA’s Infront
relationship and Zena Wooldridge talks about herWorld
CLUB & COURT: Allthe key club and
court news, including the new Tin Tech from Melior
Sports andthe spectacular ‘Tpoint’ courts in Tel Aviv.
ON COURT: Analysis andround-up.
News;Q&A; Tactical errors part 1; Mind Games; Perfect
Practice; Rules Quiz;Marlowe on shot selection; Khan on
reading the play; Coaches’ Corner with PeterNicol;
Hesham on variations on the swing; Massaro’s
philosophical look; Ryan ontraining around shoulder
GEAR: Coll’s tributeto Baljet; Stellar
launch; Racket Report; Sponsorship News; Head refresh
theirracket range; String Review part 2.
A brilliant new issue of Squash Player magazine will
soon be available. Squash Player reveals why world
junior champion Mostafa Asal ripped his shirt off and
threw it into the crowd. All this was much to the
chagrin of his defeated opponent world no.4 Paul Coll.
In the finalSquash
2020 we feature feisty young Pharoahs, Asal and Hania El
Hammamy, and reveal the winners in our Rolex Annual
panellists pick out their highlights from a very strange
year, as well as choosing their Most Improved Players,
Tournament of the Year and give a special award to the
company that saved squash.
World No.1 Ali Farag
reveals his game secrets in the latest instalment of our
?MatchPoints? series; we speak to former world champion
turned ?Super Coach? Rodney Martin and our investigation
into the ?State of the Game? continues.
Our Workshop section
features in-depth advice on improving your game from our
team of experts. In our Gear section (presented in
association with PDHSports.com) we bring you our shoe
guide and reveal big announcements from Head and Dunlop.
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Squash Player says goodbye to, the former World No.1,
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Variations in your game
You may like lots of variation in your game but can you
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SOLD-OUT BOOK FOUND
After a long search rare copies of the much sort after
book, ‘Excelling at Squash’ by Ian Mckenzie with the
Foreward by Jonah Barrington have been found. There are
not many available.
NEWS: Tour set to resume; Changes at
WSF; New Ball Game
SQUASH: World Squash Day
FEATURES: Simcock remembered;
Gibson’s Column; Pearman moves on;
Gaultier returns; Super US Centre;
Raneem Departs; Hall of Fame;
CLUB SCENE: How will
coronavirus affect club life?
POSTER: Raneem El Welily
WORKSHOP: News; Khan on Building
Intensity; Stiff on coaching
changes; Engelbrecht’s Mental
Mission; Major Maniam on
De-Stressing for Success; Tactic
No.8; Swinging Marlowe; Andrew Cross
on Focus; Ronny on Reading Play;
Renato’s Court; Newton on Strength;
Nisbet on building strength.
GUIDE: The Össur Safe Squash Guide –
all the practices and games you can
use while being safe on court.
GALLERY: Rod Gilmour explores
improvised court innovations during
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