Having chatted with a few players, coaches and fellow stringers over the last few months, there seems to be a growing trend… Racket sales are declining and restringing is increasing. Speaking with head ERSA Squash Stringer, Nick Down, following the ERSA symposium in April, this subject was brought up and discussed at length. There will be a few theories as to why, but I'd suggest the main reason is probably down to education. The ERSA is working hard to equip their stringers
This week's player profile is brought to you courtesy of SJP, one of the PSA tour's most exciting players. Thanks, SJ, for taking the time to answer my questions. SJ plays with passion and flair, using her physicality to get on the ball early and move her opponents around. Coached by Rob Owen, SJ mixes with a great squad of players and you can really see Rob's influence on her squash She also breaks a few strings... though not as many since switching rackets from Prince to UN
Racket and string choice, as with all sporting equipment, is highly subjective. Whilst there are certain rackets on the market which are far more popular than others, string choice is often a lot more personal. Many players will have a favourite string/tension which they stay with for years, often panicking when they take the leap of faith to purchase a new style of racket, worrying if their tried and tested string/tension will stack up on the new frame! What suits one person
Nick was one of the players I really looked up to when I was on the Junior scene back in the 80's/90's. Always popular (especially up North!), I loved his style of play and enthusiasm for the game. Nick reached a world ranking of 14, in an incredibly competitive era of squash! A couple of weeks ago, Nick defended his World Masters title, winning the O45's category.... so he can still mix it as a player! Nick now makes waves (not literally of course) in Boston, US, where he is
Having returned from Spain this week, I wanted to provide a profile for one of Spain's top up and coming professional players, Nilo Vidal. I caught up with Nilo whilst my son was at Barcelona Global Squash a couple of weeks ago. Having known Nilo for a couple of years, I can tell you that there aren't many players around with as much enthusiasm and joy for the game as him! Having only recently entered the pro ranks, since graduating from the juniors last year, Nilo currently
This weeks profile is on Mr PVD Creed. Peter is a seriously fast mover around the court and despite being smaller in stature than most, he's big on personality and is incredibly well liked and respected on the PSA tour. When not on the squash court playing or coaching, he works on a squash fashion line called PS Wear which he co-founded www.psdudes.com Peter plays for one of my old clubs, Rhiwbina (Cardiff, Wales), in the Welsh Premier League, when not touring the world and s
Tez is one of the most exciting and likable players on the PSA world tour, winning the British National’s title and Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games last season.
I’ve known Tez since she was about 8 years old, and even used to do a bit of coaching with her on Saturday mornings at St Mellons Country Club in Cardiff, where her Dad was in Charge, prior to moving to North Wales.
Tez is a big advocate of growing the game at grassroots level, support the Wales Junior Squa