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LATEST SQUASH PLAYER Issue: 50 YEARS OF SQUASH PLAYER

NEWS BRIEF

Legends of squash Jonah Barrington, Geoff Hunt and Heather McKay adorn the cover of the 50th anniversary issue of Squash Player. The first Squash Player magazine was published in October 1971 and immediately became the world’s premier squash publication. It has been the main vehicle for the dissemination of squash news for decades and later became the World Squash Federation’s official magazine.

The latest issue reflects the content of the inaugural magazine, republishing the famous cover from 1971, and includes tributes from the great and good of squash, including H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco, Patron of the WSF H.R.H. Tunku Imran and ten-times British Open champion Jahangir Khan. The original squash event promoter, Mike Palmer, joins American correspondent James Zug as a columnist and reflects on the sport’s early professional days. Reproduction of the original content includes a personal message from H.R.H. Prince Philip and the Minister of Sport.

There are features on legends Barrington, Hunt and McKay, who each look back on 50 years in the sport. Experienced WSF official Andrew Shelley, now curator of the World Squash Library, tells the inside story of the development of spectator squash as we know it today. Squash Player photographer Steve Line charts the evolution of sports photography from grainy black and white images to clear colour pictures. String doctor Jon Sharpe explains the development of the heavy wooden rackets of 50 years ago to the lightweight and powerful rackets we have today.

How is our sport faring? Squash Player challenges the sport to ‘Think Outside the Box’ and reveals Marc Thrill’s Wall Squash game, while Mike Dale investigates whether the new Padel craze is a ‘friend or foe’ of squash.

Rodney Martin, the former world champion and a formative influence on the modern game, explains how to go on the offensive; Jesse Engelbrecht details the benefits of a game plan; your tactical errors are clarified; and the latest Workshop news is covered in our Workshop section.

In From The Gallery we reveal the part squash played in Andrew Morton’s sensational book on Princess Diana and what it was like playing squash against the Berlin Wall.

All the usual and popular contributions also appear in this jumbo issue in the Club & Court, Workshop, Gear and On Court sections.

CONTENTS

COMMENT: 50 years; Squash Player and World Squash; and a letter from the Prime Minister

COLUMNS: James Zug’s ‘Letter from America’ and Mike Palmer says ‘Thanks for the Memories’

NEWS: Squash under threat at Commonwealth Games

WORLD SQUASH: Prince Albert leads the tributes to Squash Player

FEATURES: Squash Player in 1971; Jonah – Half a Century as a Legend; Treasure Hunt; Sport’s Greatest Winner; Through The Looking Glass

STATE OF THE GAME: Padel – Is it a ‘Friend or Foe’ for squash?

THINKING OUT OF THE BOX:  Squash Player reports on the new one-wall game in Luxembourg.

CLUB & COURT: All the key news, including promotion for the Commonwealth Games, the M-Squash academy, an upgrade at Fulwood and a new steel court.

ON COURT: Analysis, round-up and the British Open in perspective.

WORKSHOP:  Chris Robertson’s England return; how Off the Wall promotes squash in schools; Matt McFahn heads to Africa; Adrian Grant launches Squash Retreats; Ong Beng Hee sets ambitious goals; Robo-Coach; EliteSquash goes global; a chance to win a SquashMind app; Phillip Marlowe; Jesse Engelbrecht; Rodney Martin and more in our Tactical series.

GEAR: It’s a Revelation from Dunlop; Tecnifibre’s new bag; Ashaway deals; a free T-shirt; and win the new Tecnifibre Suprem 125 CurV

GALLERY: Hardy Clarke; Bronstein’s Choo Choo bird; The Berlin Wall; squash and Princess Diana; and Chris Dittmar’s defection.

Squash Player Magazine 

Squash Player magazine is written for squash fans by squash fans. It includes content by informed columnists, investigations of the key issues within the sport and features, profiles and interviews revealing our superb access to the best players in the world, past and present.

Squash Player magazine is also about your game and what you can do to improve it. We have specialist sections and expert writers providing news, reviews and instruction in specialist sections: Workshop, Club & Court, Gear, On Court, and Coaches’ Corner.

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Squash Player is published four times a year. For further information on Squash Player, including special offers on subscriptions and renewals, visit the Squash Player website

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