InternationalSquashMagazine-December2018

internationalSPORTgroup

INTERNATIONAL

DECEMBER | 2018

ISSN 2042-7611

UK £3.00 | € 4.50 | USA $ 5.50

MAGAZINE

INTERNATIONAL SQUASH MAGAZINE

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


ISSN 2042-7611

CONTENTS

INTERNATIONAL

DECEMBER | 2018

UK £3.00 | € 4.50 | USA $ 5.50

MAGAZINE

CONTENTS

JOELLE KING & MOHAMED ELSHORBAGY

CLAIM HONG KONG OPEN TITLES

05 JOELLE KING AND MOHAMED ELSHORBAGY TRIUMPHED AT THE 2018 EVERBRIGHT

SUN HUNG KAI HONG KONG SQUASH OPEN TO CLAIM RESPECTIVE WINS OVER RANEEM EL

WELILY AND ALI FARAG AT HONG KONG PARK SPORTS CENTRE

INTERNATIONAL SQUASH MAGAZINE

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine

Front Cover

Joelle King, Winner of the 2018

Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong

Squash Open.

INTERNATIONAL SQUASH MAGAZINE

is published by

internationalSPORTgroup Limited

24 Church Road

Cheadle Hulme

Cheshire

SK8 7JB

England

www.isportgroup.com

Editor:

Paul Walters

Editorial:

email: marketing@isportgroup.com

Advertising:

Telephone: +44 (0) 7766 576834

email: sales@isportgroup.com

www.isportgroup.com

Photography:

www.squashsite.co.uk

www.squashpics.com

Aulia Dyan

Proofreading:

Catherine Levack

Acknowledgements:

Professional Squash Association

www.squashsite.com

Howard Harding, World Squash Federation

World Media Director

internationalSPORTgroup Limited

makes every effort to ensure that editorial

is factually correct at the time of going to

press, but cannot accept responsibility for

any subsequent errors.

internationalSPORTgroup Limited is

not responsible for unsolicited material.

Copyright internationalSPORTgroup

Limited. No part of this publication may be

reproduced without the written permission

of the publishers.

Views expressed and products appearing

in International Squash Magazine

are not necessarily endorsed by

internationalSPORTgroup Limited.

ALI FARAG WINS QATAR CLASSIC

09 ALI FARAG DELIGHTED A PARTISAN CROWD INSIDE THE KHALIFA TENNIS & SQUASH

COMPLEX IN DOHA TO DEFEAT SIMON RÖSNER OF GERMANY IN STRAIGHT GAMES TO WIN

THE 2018 QATAR CLASSIC AND CLAIM HIS SECOND PSA WORLD TOUR PLATINUM TITLE.

ASB DELIVER PIONEERING NATIONAL SQUASH CENTRE IN

AUSTRALIA

13 WHILST THE REPOSITIONING OF ALL-GLASS SQUASH SHOW COURTS HAS BEEN

COMMONPLACE FOR MANY YEARS, THE RECENT OPENING OF THE NEW NATIONAL SQUASH

CENTRE IN AUSTRALIA MARKS A HISTORIC FIRST IN THE RELOCATION OF AN ENTIRE

FACILITY, MADE POSSIBLE BY THE WORLD’S LEADING COURT MANUFACTURER ASB, WHICH

IS BASED IN GERMANY AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC.

QUESTION & ANSWER: TODD HARRITY

14 USA NO.1 TODD HARRITY TALKS WITH INTERNATIONAL SQUASH MAGAZINE

COACHING & INSTRUCTION: A GAME OF FINE MARGINS

18 SCOTTISH SQUASH NATIONAL COACH PAUL BELL EXPLAINS WHY HE BELIEVES THAT

IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO SEE THE GAME LIVE. THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PLAYERS AT

THE TOP LEVEL IS SO SUBTLE AND THERE IS NOTHING LIKE SEEING IT LIVE TO REALLY

APPRECIATE THE FINE MARGINS AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THE TOP PLAYERS ARE REALLY

DOING.

MAXIMISING TRAINING ADAPTATIONS THROUGH NUTRITION

21 OLLIE TURNER, PERFORMANCE NUTRITIONIST AT THE ENGLISH INSTITUTE OF SPORT

AND ASSOCIATE LECTURER IN SPORTS NUTRITION AT SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY,

EXPLAINS WHY WITHOUT THE CORRECT NUTRITION, HOURS SPENT TRAINING ON COURT

AND IN THE GYM COULD GO TO WASTE AND OUTLINES SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT TO EAT TO

MAXIMISE TRAINING ADAPTATIONS.

BARCELONA GLOBAL SQUASH

25 BARCELONA GLOBAL SQUASH, COMPRISING THE BGS PERFORMANCE ACADEMY,

ONE OF EUROPE’S MOST PROGRESSIVE SQUASH ACADEMIES, CONTINUES TO GROW AND

INCREASE ITS FOOTPRINT WITHIN THE INTERNATIONAL SQUASH COMMUNITY

AJ BELL BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – NOTTINGHAM 2019

27 MARTHE DE FERRER PREVIEWS THE 2019 AJ BELL BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

WHICH WILL SEE THE UK’S LEADING PLAYERS VIE FOR THE COVETED TITLES IN

NOTTINGHAM IN FEBRUARY

WORLD RANKINGS

29 MEN’S & WOMEN’S WORLD RANKINGS AT A GLANCE

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 03

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


PSA World n°1*

Blend.fr *Best ranking


EVERBRIGHT SUN HUNG KAI

HONG KONG SQUASH OPEN

JOELLEKING&MOHAMEDELSHORBAGY

CLAIMHONGKONGOPENTITLES

Joelle King and Mohamed ElShorbagy triumphed at the 2018 Everbright

Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open to claim respective wins over

Raneem El Welily and Ali Farag at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre.

King lifted the first Professional Squash

Association (PSA) World Tour Platinum

trophy of her career after a sublime

performance saw the 30-year-old New

Zealander defeat World Champion and

2017 runner-up Raneem El Welily 11-4

12-10 19-17 in 48 minutes of increasingly

high drama.

The Kiwi dominated proceedings in the

opening game and was able to see out

the second on the tie-break to put one

hand on the trophy. El Welily came out

firing in a captivating third game as she

looked to avoid defeat in a Hong Kong

final for a fourth time, but it was King

who came out on top to capture the 12th

PSA World Tour title of her career.

King’s victory ensured that she ended

the year on a high by becoming the first

New Zealander since Carol Owens at the

Tournament of Champions in 2003 to win

a PSA Platinum tournament.

“I’m just extremely happy to win my

first platinum event ever … on a stage

like this, with such great fans means a

lot,” said King, whose result qualifies

her for the season-ending PSA World

Tour Finals.

“I just kept thinking that it’s the last

match of the tournament – just leave it

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 05

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


EVERBRIGHT SUN HUNG KAI

HONG KONG SQUASH OPEN

all out there. Raneem is such a tough

competitor and she showed in the third.

She just kept coming back at me and

never let it go until the end.”

Despite the disappointment of losing in

her fourth Hong Kong final, El Welily had

the consolation of ending compatriot

Nour El Sherbini’s 31-month reign at

World No.1 after the latter suffered a 3-2

defeat to England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in

the quarter-finals. The reigning World

Champion became the first Egyptian

female in any sport to be crowned World

No.1 when she brought the legendary

Nicol David’s unprecedented nine-year

run atop the rankings to a close back in

September 2015.

Men’s World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy

captured his fourth Hong Kong Open title

after dismantling compatriot Ali Farag 11-6

11-7 11-7 in a repeat of last year’s final.

ElShorbagy and Farag had shared

the spoils from the first two Platinum

events of the season between them,

with ElShorbagy winning the October’s

U.S. Open and Farag triumphing at last

month’s Qatar Classic.

But ElShorbagy was a class apart in Hong

Kong as he powered to the 35th PSA

World Tour title of his career - a total

which sees him move up to joint eighth

in the all-time PSA title winners list, level

with the legendary Nick Matthew.

“I’m really pleased to be able to come

here and play my best squash,” said

ElShorbagy.

“It’s always great when it all comes

together. I’m really proud of my

performance but not to take anything

away from Ali, I have nothing but respect

for him. He came to the tour later than

all of us and came up the rankings very

fast. Very few people can do what he did

and he’s coming after me, but I’m trying

to hold him a little bit.

“We’ve played twice already this season,

he beat me once and now I’ve beaten

him. I’m sure we will have many more

battles and compete in more finals.”

ElShorbagy and King both collected

almost $23,000 in prize money after the

Hong Kong Open this year became the

final joint Platinum event to commit to

equal prize money.

Despite the disappointment of losing in her

fourth Hong Kong final, Raneem El Welily had the

consolation of ending compatriot Nour El Sherbini’s

31-month reign at World No.1

06 | December 2018 INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


EVERBRIGHT SUN HUNG KAI

HONG KONG SQUASH OPEN

Mohamed ElShorbagy was a class apart in Hong

Kong as he powered to the 35th PSA World Tour

title of his career

Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong

Kong Squash Open

Men’s Final:

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt

[2] Ali Farag (EGY)

11-6, 11-7, 11-7

Women’s Final:

[5] Joelle King (NZL) bt

[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)

11-4, 12-10, 19-17

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 07

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


IF HISTORY IS AN INDICATION,

YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE FUTURE

UNSQUASHABLE

JOEL MAKIN AUTOGRAPH RACKET


2018 QATAR SQUASH CLASSIC

ALIFARAGWINSQATARCLASSIC

Ali Farag delighted a partisan crowd inside the Khalifa Tennis

& Squash Complex in Doha to defeat Simon Rösner of Germany in

straight games to win the 2018 Qatar Classic and claim his second PSA

World Tour Platinum title.

The atmosphere was

beyond my imagination.

Nothing I’ve played before

was like that but midway

through the first game I

managed to settle and get

into my game plan

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 09

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


2018 QATAR SQUASH CLASSIC

I’m very happy with

the win and really proud

with the way I handled

the whole week

The Egyptian and German went headto-head

in an eagerly anticipated final

after prevailing in their respective

semi-final encounters against Egypt’s

Tarek Momen and Peruvian Diego Elias

respectively.

Paderborn-based Rösner enjoyed

a career breakthrough at the

championships last year when he

reached the semi-finals at a Platinum

level event for the first time to usher

in what has proven to be the most

successful season of his career to date.

The 30-year-old impressively brushed

aside George Parker and Tom Richards

of England and Paul Coll of New Zealand

in the lead-up to the semi-finals where

he overwhelmed Diego Elias in just 31

minutes with the tired looking 21-yearold

Peruvian struggling both mentally

and physically to back up his victory

over World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in

the previous round.

Farag meanwhile experienced a

cautious start to his Qatar campaign

with a hard-fought 68-minute five-game

victory over compatriot Mohamed

Abouelghar followed by straight game

victories over Saurav Ghosal of India

and former World Champion Karim

Abdel Gawad, before overcoming

Tarek Momen with a four-game victory

that avenged his defeat to his fellow

countryman in the final of the Channel

VAS Championship the previous week.

Rösner began the stronger in the

opening exchanges of the final to open

up a quick lead, but it was short-lived as

Farag nullified the German’s mid-court

dominance with an impressive near

faultless 11-9 11-7 11-5 victory.

“At the beginning I saw how crowded

the venue was and the screams of

the crowd were crazy which made me

nervous - it took me a little while to

calm my nerves down,” said Farag.

10 | December 2018 INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


2018 QATAR SQUASH CLASSIC

“The atmosphere was beyond my

imagination. Nothing I’ve played before

was like that but midway through the

first game I managed to settle and get

into my game plan.

“I tried to make sure that first game

was long and that I wasn’t giving away

any cheap points. I was behind and I

didn’t think I would win that game, but

coming through to win it made a huge

psychological difference I think.

“At the U.S. Open against Simon I

became too passive, and if you do that

he will kill you on court. You have to find

that balance and I was able to do that

from the second half of the first game

all the way to the end today. So I am

very happy.

“I’m very happy with the win and really

proud with the way I handled the whole

week.”

Whilst Diego Elias produced the

performance of his career to defeat

World No.1 and World Champion Mohamed

ElShorbagy in a thrilling 76-minute fivegame

quarter-final, the 2018 Qatar Classic

was equally notable for the emergence of

Welshman Joel Makin.

Having shocked Mohamed ElShorbagy

with a straight-games triumph at

the Channel VAS Championships,

Makin defeated reigning British Open

Champion Miguel Angel Rodriguez and

former World No.6 Mathieu Castagnet

to reach the quarter-finals where he

found himself one game up against

Tarek Momen before eventually losing

to the in-form Egyptian in a thrilling

51-minutes.

2018 Qatar Squash Classic, Dohar

Final

[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt

[4] Simon Rösner 11-9, 11-7, 11-5

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 11

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


MORE THAN BUILDING FOUR WALLS

EXPERIENCE

QUALITY

PASSION

ENGINEERING

DISRUPTION

1976 The first ASB SquashCourt

1978 ASB Pro GlassBackWall

1979 ASB movable wall

1979 ASB rotary GlassBackWall

1981 The healthy ASB SportsFloor

1990 ASB GameCourt

1991 ASB SquashCourt System 100

1995 ASB RainbowCourts

1998 ASB ShowGlassCourt

2000 ASB SensitiveTin

2001 ASB TopSquash

2006 ASB GlassFloor

2007 First Glass Court on a cruise ship

2009 ASB ShowGlassCourt (upgrade: glass fins replace metal poles)

2011 ASB RefereeSystem and ASB TopSquash (screens)

2011 ASB ShowGlassCourt/upgrade: bigger panels, TV visibility

2012 ASB TVO Floor (TV optimised)

2013 ASB ShowGlassCourt / upgrade: LED (out, service and tin) lines

2014 ASB System 100/L (floor runs under wall)

2014 ASB Permanent GlassCourt

2015 ASB EventGameCourt

2015 ASB PublicSquashCourt

2016 ASB LumiFlex (full LED video sports floor)

2017 ASB TPoint (the revolutionary squash hub)

WWW.AS B S Q U A S H .C O M


ASB DELIVER PIONEERING NATIONAL

SQUASH CENTRE IN AUSTRALIA

ASBDELIVERPIONEERINGNATIONAL

SQUASHCENTREINAUSTRALIA

Whilst the repositioning of all-glass squash show courts has been

commonplace for many years, the recent opening of the new National

Squash Centre in Australia marks a historic first in the relocation of an

entire facility, made possible by the world’s leading court manufacturer

ASB, which is based in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Originally constructed in the Oxenford Film Studios in Gold Coast

for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April, the six glass-backed

courts together with the state-of-the-art all-glass show court have

now become the ultimate legacy for Squash Australia in nearby

Carrara, Queensland.

Delivered to Gold Coast in seven 40-foot containers, the three

EventGameCourts (each unit providing three singles courts,

convertible into two doubles courts within minutes) and

ShowGlassCourt, with moveable side walls, were erected for Gold

Coast 2018 by a crack 12-man ASB team in 43 working days.

Following the completion of the Games, it then took a further 14

working days for a 12-man team to dismantle and prepare the

facility for transfer to Carrara - returning the Oxenford Studios to

use for filming.

Over a further 30 working days, a six-man ASB team reconstructed

two EventGameCourts, leaving the third one in storage for use later

in a further legacy facility, alongside the ShowGlassCourt at the

Carrara Sports Complex to become the heart of Australia’s first

national centre.

“We have provided the courts for each Commonwealth Games since

1998, all of which have provided long-term legacies for the hosts -

such as the all the courts (including the all-glass court) for the 2002

Commonwealth Games in Manchester, which is still in use, and the

courts at 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Pan American

Games in Toronto,” said Adam Ondrasik, Production Manager for

ASB Squash.

“But the ultimate legacy is the entire facility, not only returning

the initial location to the use for which it was originally designated,

but also then providing a new multi-purpose base in a permanent

location for long-term use.”

At the opening of the country’s new National Squash Centre,

which in October hosted its first men’s and women’s Professional

Squash Association (PSA) World Tour event, Squash Australia Chief

Executive Richard Vaughan said: “The National Squash Centre

at Carrara is an amazing legacy outcome for the Gold Coast and

Queensland.

“The Gold Coast will now be home to the Squash Australia High

Performance program, host national events and over the next five

years host multiple world championship events with the first being

the World Coaches Conference at the Carrara complex, followed

by the World Doubles Championships in June 2019 and the World

Junior Championships in July 2020.”

World Squash Federation CEO Andrew Shelley added: “The

Commonwealth Games this year is another great example of why

squash is such a good fit for all major events, not least the Olympic

Games if we are successful in securing a place.

“Courts can be built in days, and in the case of a show court, taken

down in less than 24 working hours, returning the facility to normal

use. Then the legacy options, as have already been seen around the

world, can kick in to support development. A classic win-win!

“We look forward to the WSF World Championships, already booked

for Carrara in the next two years, with great anticipation.”

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 13

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


Q&A: TODD HARRITY

TODDHARRITY

No.1 Todd Harrity

talks with International

Q&AUSA

Squash Magazine.

Earliest sporting memory:

When I was young I played many sports including soccer,

baseball, basketball, tennis and ran cross country in high

school as well. Of course, I played squash from a young

age too. I still remember my first squash tournament. It

was just a club tournament at the Merion Cricket Club,

where I grew up playing. I guess I must have been 8 or 9

years old and I was so nervous for my first tournament. I

think I lost in the semi-finals.

Sports Watched:

Interestingly, I’m not a big sport junky. I don’t follow

many sports closely and I don’t watch much sport in

my free time. But I do love watching tennis and the

occasional American Football game, but even then, I

really just watch the Grand Slam tennis tournaments

and maybe the Masters. I do love watching an American

Football game on a Sunday afternoon.

Why a life of sport, or if it hadn’t happened, what

would you have done instead?

Squash became a big focus of mine from when I was

about 13 years old. After my junior squash career, I was

then recruited to play for Princeton University. As my

college career was ending and all my friends were busy

doing job interviews, I realised squash had been such

a big part of my life for just about as long as I could

remember. I couldn’t imagine not playing squash and so

with encouragement from my coaches I decided to go for

it and join the PSA World Tour.

If I wasn’t a pro squash player I am not quite sure what

I would do. It’s something I think about all the time.

I studied Psychology at Princeton and loved it and

would definitely consider going back to school to get an

advanced Psychology degree. I also think I could be a

great teacher.

Toughest part of your sporting life?

Definitely the constant travel. I love travelling

sometimes, but I’m also a homebody. I don’t like the

constant bouncing around and the feeling of living out of

my suitcase and hotel rooms.

Most memorable sporting moment:

I have a couple. Definitely winning the US College

National Championships in 2012 is one of them and

winning the US Nationals in 2015 and 2016 were special

moments for me as well.

Worst sporting moment:

I once lost in the finals of a tournament after

being 2-0 up and having a lot of match balls in

the third game. I forget how many, but I think it

was at least 5, if not 6 or 7. I then lost the

match 3-2.

Squash is such an amazing sport. It is incredibly

international and I now have friends from all over the

world. It’s also a life-long sport. There are people at my

club that are in their 60s and 80s and they’re still playing.

14 | December 2018 INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


Q&A: TODD HARRITY

Country: USA

Date of Birth: 16th September 1990

Place of Birth: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Place of Residence: Wayne, Pennsylvania

Marital Status: Single

Highest PSA World Ranking: 45

PSA World Tour Titles: 2

PSA World Tour Finals: 4

Sporting heroes:

Definitely Roger Federer. I have so much respect for that man.

His style is so smooth and fluid. But more importantly it also

seems like he just loves what he does and has enjoyed his

career.

Favourite venue and why?

My favourite venue is the Tournament of Champions in New

York. It’s such an electric atmosphere and a great way of

getting the game more exposure. It’s great that people who

don’t even know what squash is can pass by and watch for a

while through the front wall.

What sporting event would you pay the most to see?

For lots of sports, like American Football or Basketball, I’d

honestly prefer to relax on my couch and just watch it on TV. I

would of course love to have a box seat for the semis or finals

of Wimbledon or the French Open.

Question asked most often by the public:

Has anyone ever told you look like Mark Zuckerberg?

And the answer:

Yes, about once a week.

Sporting motto:

It’s hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed.

Who would you most like to invite to dinner and why?

It would probably be Roger Federer again. But I also sometimes

dream about having dinner with a major historical figure,

someone who is a legend, that I’ve read and heard so much

about, but have no way of knowing their personality. Perhaps

Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Thomas

Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln.

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 15

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


IF HISTORY IS AN INDICATION,

YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE FUTURE


INSPIRED BY JAHANGIR KHAN MADE TO WIN


COACHING & INSTRUCTION:

A GAME OF FINE MARGINS

AGAMEOFFINEMARGINS

I recently attended the Channel VAS Championships at St George’s

Hill with our Scottish No.1 Greg Lobban. It’s always interesting watching

the first events of a new season to see what changes the players have

made over the summer training period.

By Paul Bell

Scottish Squash National

Coach & UNSQUASHABLE

Ambassador

I love going and watching live squash,

because despite the great job SquashTV

are doing it is always best to see the

game live really and understand what’s

happening on court. The differences

between players at the top level is so

subtle and there is nothing like seeing it

live to really appreciate the fine margins

and what the top players are doing.

Watching squash is essential for

coaches and for players

As a coach I am always learning and

trying to improve, and a big part of my

continuous development is to make the

time and effort to watch squash. When

I say watch squash I mean really watch

it to gain an understanding of what is

happening. I believe that being in touch

with what is happening at the top of the

game is vital to ensuring coaches can

create a long-term vision for how they

would like their players to play the game.

The game is evolving rapidly and if you

aren’t evolving your training methods

and ideas on the game, you will be left

behind and therefore so will your players.

This same idea is also crucial for players.

Watching the best players in the world

is inspiring but is also the best indicator

to help players form some opinions

and ideas on where their game should

be going next. My coaching method is

quite different to a lot of other squash

coaches in that I believe in a co-operative

approach where the player is the driver

of the process. The responsibility lies

with them to develop their own style and

ideas on the game.

Within this approach my role is to listen,

steer, challenge and question ensuring

the player is following the best path to

achieve the goals they have chosen.

Squash is a problem-solving game so

by taking the conventional approach

of telling players what they need to do,

coaches leave players ill-equipped to

make the right decisions in the heat of

the moment. The understanding and

knowledge of the game that players learn

by watching is a key attribute that is

often overlooked.

In order to develop the ability and

skills that enable players to separate

themselves from the crowd in a game

where such small margins make all the

difference, there are a few key areas that

are necessary to emphasise.

Attention to detail

While the shots of the game remain the

same, the way that they are used can

change everything.

There is the obvious example of the

Egyptians who are very attack minded

and use the front of the court, whilst a

trend of the British players is to focus

more on dominating the back of the

court. While the same shots are used

within the game the real impact comes

from how they are executed.

Within my coaching I try to stay away

from asking players to play shots and

instead focus a player’s attention on

where they are putting the ball. Ask a

player to play a straight drive and the

margin for error in executing a straight

drive is huge. Ask a player to get the

ball second bouncing into the backwall

nick and suddenly you find a much

greater purpose to every shot that is

being played.

Our language and delivery of a message

as coaches is crucial to get players to

understand what really matters in the

game and what separates the good from

the great.

Ball Placement

To be a good player you need to be able

to put the ball in the right areas of the

court in the right way. Generally, these

are the simple shots but the impact that

can be made with these shots is huge

in both a positive and negative way

depending on the execution.

Having the ability to make the ball go

exactly where you need it to in order to

cause maximum difficulty is something

top players do flawlessly. The ability

to execute effectively is down to swing

control, however in match play players

struggle to find the right areas of the

court either through lack of thought

into what they would like the ball to

actually do, for example they just hit

a drive, or they are unable to play the

shot in the way they need to as a result

of lazy movement and/or footwork -

not making the effort to get into the

required hitting position.

Shot Options

In addition to putting the ball in the

right areas the best players are always

showing at least two shots they are

capable of playing.

During the Channel VAS event Greg

played Karim Abdel Gawad who is a

master at this. Gawad’s real weapon is

his backhand, especially on the volley.

All match he showed the long and short

ball every time he was on the volley and

throughout the match he played both,

keeping his opponent guessing and

needing to cover the whole channel. The

18 | December 2018 INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


COACHING & INSTRUCTION:

A GAME OF FINE MARGINS

ability to do this forces your opponent to

do a lot more work which takes its toll as

the match progresses.

In addition to this Karim then showed us

that he also had a third option from this

position. As things were getting really

tight at 11-11 all in the fourth we saw a

brand-new shot from the same position,

a volley boast. It came from exactly

the same position on the court, racket

preparation and body shape – he had

obviously been capable of playing this

shot all match long, but he was saving it

for the opportune time to use it to get a

quick winner and it worked perfectly.

Playing with a bigger picture in mind

A big factor in winning matches is also

your tactics. From watching matches

from the PSA World Tour, it is clear to

see that each player has an approach in

mind which they believe will maximise

their own strengths and exploit their

opponents’ weaknesses. This makes

decision making on court much easier

because you have pre-identified the best

approach to beating your opponent. For

example, you believe you are mentally

stronger than your opponent which

is a tactic often adopted by the top

players; the aim would be to make every

rally physically tough and enable the

opponents’ mental fragility to affect their

shot selections which will allow you to

take advantage.

Developing it in your own game and

your players

To end on a positive note, most squash

players are capable of hitting a world

class shot. In a feeding session which

allows for players to set up the position,

swing the racket perfectly and pick out

exactly where the ball should go, the

quality is just as good as the world’s best.

The problem occurs when players are

asked to do all of these at speed and with

different choices available. In order to

play your best game, clarity and attention

to detail in every shot that is played will

ensure that you play the best squash that

you are capable of on the day.

Give it a try.

Paul Bell is an UNSQUASHABLE brand

ambassador and sponsored coach.

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 19

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


INSPIRED BY JAHANGIR KHAN

PARTNERED BY ENGLAND SQUASH MASTERS

MADE TO WIN

OFFICIAL RACKET PARTNER

UNSQUASHABLE

JAHANGIR KHAN 555PRO RACKET

UNSQUASHABLE

JAHANGIR KHAN 555 RACKET

UNSQUASHABLE

JARAH-JANE PERRY AUTOGRAPH RACKET


MAXIMISING TRAINING ADAPTATIONS

THROUGH NUTRITION

MAXIMISINGTRAININGADAPTATIONS

THROUGHNUTRITION

Ollie Turner, Performance Nutritionist at the English Institute of

Sport and Associate Lecturer in Sports Nutrition at Sheffield Hallam

University explains why without the correct nutrition, hours spent training

on court and in the gym could go to waste and outlines suggestions of

what to eat to maximise training adaptations.

By Ollie Turner

Performance Nutritionist at the English Institute

of Sport & Associate Lecturer in Sports Nutrition

at Sheffield Hallam University

Many will be aware of the brutal training regime undertaken

by Nick Matthew during his distinguished career, in

particular the infamous ‘Rumble’ developed by his strength

and conditioning which coach Mark Campbell, described

as “downright sadistic” and “one of the most gruelling

cardio workouts ever published” by Men’s Health Magazine.

Numerous elite players will be able to relate to this type of

session and will regularly engage in tough training blocks

to prepare them for the high intensity demands, dynamic

movements and long match durations that underpin the

sport. While the benefits of having a solid foundation of

a periodised training are well understood, these training

sessions only act as a stimulus for the intended training

adaptations.

Below is a suggested eating plan to help maximise the return

from your training efforts.

How do we Maximise Training Adaptations?

When players engage in training sessions both on and off

the court, they get little microtears in the muscle. This is

part of the adaptation process and is called ‘muscle protein

breakdown’. It acts as a stimulus for the muscle to be repaired

and remodelled into a new form with the intended training

adaptations. The type of adaptations will depend on the

training session undertaken (endurance, strength etc.) with

this process being referred to as ‘muscle protein synthesis’.

Research has shown that protein is the key nutrient tasked

with the tools to repair and rebuild of the muscle. We can

manipulate our protein intake to maximise our training

adaptations and below are three simple pointers...

Firstly, an elite player will endure a high volume of training

and match play throughout a season which will create more

muscle protein breakdown. As a result, they will require

more protein to resynthesise the muscle. Research suggests

that an optimal amount per day would be roughly 2.2 grams

of protein per kilogram of body mass. A 75kg player would

require 165 grams of protein per day to maximise training

adaptations (75 x 2.2 grams = 165 grams of protein).

Research has also shown that spacing your protein intake out

into 4-6 sittings is optimal. Try to aim to consume protein at

every main meal and roughly every three hours.

Consuming protein immediately post-exercise is also

important to maximise training adaptations as this is when

muscle protein breakdown is at its greatest. The longer an

athlete waits to consume protein post-exercise, the less

receptive the muscle becomes to the protein source.

Translating the Science into Food

Food and drink are a human’s nutrient currency, so we need

to be able to translate the science into good practical advice.

Below is an example of an optimal protein strategy for a 75kg

player. The scenario is that they are in an intense pre-season

training block and have completed a strength-based gym

session in the morning (9:00 to 11:00) and a court session

(14:30 to 16:30) in the afternoon.

7:30 – Breakfast – Porridge oats (made with 250 ml milk)

with Banana and Berries (provides 20 grams of protein)

It is important to get a serving of protein in for breakfast

as this will help reduce the breakdown of the muscle during

exercise. The porridge oats and milk will help provide the

protein source while also containing carbohydrates to fuel

the strength session. The banana and berries will provide

some extra fuel while containing Vitamin C, an antioxidant

which can help reduce the amount of stress the body is put

under during hard training periods.

11:00 – Post-Strength Session – Sports Recovery Shake

(approx. 25 grams protein)

We want something quick and fast to supply our bodies with

the nutrients to repair and rebuild the muscle post-training.

A sports recovery shake is beneficial as it can be kept in

a gym bag. Many athletes also don’t feel like eating food

immediately post-exercise but can generally stomach liquids

such as the recovery shake.

Look for ones which contain whey protein and the branch

chain amino acid Leucine as these will enable the body to

remodel the muscle quicker. Athletes subject to UKAD laws

will have to ensure any supplements such as a recovery

shake are batch tested or display the informed sport logo to

ensure against inadvertent doping.

12:30 – Lunch – Teriyaki Salmon with Mixed Grains (rice

and quinoa), spinach and broccoli (provides 40 grams of

protein)

The salmon, mixed grains and broccoli will all contribute

to the protein count. Salmon contains vitamins B6 and B12

which help to release energy once it is stored. It is also

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 21

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


MAXIMISING TRAINING ADAPTATIONS

THROUGH NUTRITION

a good source of omega-3, a fatty acid which has been

shown to increase muscle protein synthesis and reduce

inflammation. The mixed grains, spinach and broccoli will

provide vital nutrients which will give the body a muchneeded

boost during tough training blocks.

16:30 – Post-Court Session – Fruit Smoothie (20 grams

protein)

While a sports recovery shake may be convenient, homemade

fruit smoothies help provide a more nutrient-dense option.

These can easily provide a nice protein source by creating

the base of the smoothie with a combination of milk and

natural yogurt. Various types of fruits, vegetables, nuts and

seeds can be added to create the ultimate health cocktail.

19:30 – Chicken and chickpea stew (Provides 40 grams of

protein)

The chicken and chickpeas will help provide the protein

source. This stew can be made with a base of tomatoes and

include added extras such as spring onions, kale and kidney

beans, all of which help keep the body energised and fresh.

22:00 – Wholegrain toast with a glass of milk (Provides

20 grams of protein)

The milk provides a slow releasing form of protein called

casein which will help to repair and rebuild the muscles

overnight, while wholegrain toast tops up energy stores.

Without the

correct nutrition,

hours spent

training on court

and in the gym

could go to waste

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 23

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


G

L O

B A R C E L O N A

B A

L

S H

S Q U A

BGS

PERFORMANCE

ACADEMY

TRANSITION TO THE

PROFESSIONAL PSA

WORLD TOUR

BGS INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR ADVANCED

SUMMER CAMPS

BGS TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL,

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY TEAMS

PLAYERS INCLUDE:

BGS WEEKEND CLINICS

Edmon LÓPEZ ESP WR 58

Iker PAJARES ESP WR 61

Alex NOAKES ENG WR 142

Roee AVRAHAM ISR WR 175

Tess JUTTE HOL WR 215

Sandeep

RAMACHANDRAN IND WR 261

“BALANCED AND SIMPLY INSPIRING”

barcelonaglobalsquash.com


BARCELONA GLOBAL SQUASH

BARCELONAGLOBALSQUASH

Barcelona Global Squash (BGS), comprising the BGS Performance

Academy, one of Europe’s most progressive squash academies,

continues to grow and increase its footprint within the international

squash community.

BGS is an active partner of the College

Squash Association (CSA) offering

American high schools and colleges

solutions for both teams and individuals

alike. BGS is conscious of the growth

of squash in the US especially in the

North East and West Coast Bay areas

and is aware of the continually growing

international recruitment programs and

of the ever-increasing competitive level

of squash in American colleges.

The combination of Barcelona and BGS

is one of relatively few international

study abroad destinations for American

varsity squash students that offers

both an attractive, cosmopolitan and

progressive city destination rich in

academics, cultural, sport and social

activism along with a professional

centre offering the very best in world

class athletic squash training.

Programs run by many of America’s

top Ivy League colleges offer a fullimmersion

learning experience in one of

the leading cities in the world. Students

are immersed in the local university

environment and take most of their

courses at one of the partner universities

such as the Universität de Barcelona

(UB), the Universität Autònoma de

Barcelona (UAB) and Spain’s No.1

university the Universität Pompeu Fabra

(UPF). BGS currently has two Ivy League

varsity team players training intensively

while studying neuroscience during their

five-month study abroad program.

Other activities include a new

collaboration specialising in helping

international squash athletes obtain

sports scholarships for the American

Colleges. At the World Junior Squash

Championships in 2017 held in Tauranga,

New Zealand, seven coaches from

American colleges were there scouting

for six specific players, but with others

still able to impress. Big money is at play

with a scholarship to Drexel for example

worth US$70,000 a year covering tuition

fees, food, accommodation, books and

medical insurance. Squash scholarships

are now on offer from a limited but

growing number of colleges. International

late juniors that need to decide between

becoming professionals and joining the

Professional Squash Association (PSA)

World Tour or continuing their athletic

and squash development and education

within the college system, can now train

at BGS.

Individuals can prepare for both with

BGS being responsible for the squash/

sports development of the students, the

opportunity to improve their game and

the job of increasing their chances of a

more attractive scholarship. BGS is one

of very few options available for top

late junior players to take their game

forward either into the professional

world or prepare for American College

Squash, offering opportunities to train

in a professional environment and with

established and emerging professionals.

Aware of the “squash boom” at junior

and college levels in the US, Barcelona

Global Squash is working hard to

increase the traffic of squash players to

and from the USA, taking advantage of

the ever-increasing number of American

students studying abroad and the everincreasing

talent, skill and attractive

competitive level of college squash in

the USA.

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 25

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


AJ BELL BRITISH NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIPS – NOTTINGHAM 2019

AJBELLBRITISHNATIONALCHAMPIONSHIPS

NOTTINGHAM2019

Marthe de Ferrer previews the 2019 AJ Bell British National

Championships which will see the UK’s leading players vie for the

coveted titles in Nottingham in February.

The 46th edition of the flagship event, hosted by England

Squash, has been staged in Manchester since 1997 but will

move to the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Squash

Rackets Club from the from the 12th to 17th February.

More than 400 of Britain’s finest will compete across 19

categories from the men’s and women’s main draw up

to and including the Men’s Over 80s. Amongst them will

be Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist James Willstrop,

defending Women’s Champion Tesni Evans of Wales and

former title holders Laura Massaro, Daryl Selby and Sarah-

Jane Perry.

Following the recent retirement of the record ten times

champion Nick Matthew, the men’s championship promises to

be hotly contested by a plethora of challengers with genuine

title aspirations.

Two-time champion James Willstrop, who came up against

Matthew sixty-two times in a sometimes contentious and

ill-tempered rivalry overcame his illustrious rival on just 13

occasions. However 2019 could prove to be his time to prevail

following his recent Commonwealth Games success where he

was crowned Men’s Singles Gold Medalist as well as winning a

Bronze Medal in the Men’s Doubles.

Rivalling Willstrop will be compatriot Declan James who

partnered the former World No.1 in the Men’s Doubles at

the Commonwealth Games and who also beat his illustrious

compatriot in the final of the Nantes Open to record a surprise

victory on the PSA World Tour in September.

Daryl Selby, another former national champion who won the

prestigious title in 2011 by beating Matthew in an enthralling

final, can also be assured of mounting a tough-minded

challenge.

Outside of a strong English contingent, other leading

contenders for the men’s title include Welsh No.1 Joel Makin

and Scottish No.1 Greg Lobban.

The women’s title will be equally competitive with Tesni Evans,

Laura Massaro, Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters all clear

contenders.

Tesni Evans, who made history in 2018 as the first ever Welsh

player to be crowned British Champion after overpowering

four-time champion Alison Waters, will be keen to extend her

impressive run of form which has seen her rise to a careerhigh

No.9 in the PSA World Rankings.

Waters, the England No.3 will also be motivated to build

upon her impressive record of four titles from five final

appearances, whilst Laura Massaro, who has reached the

finals seven times, winning the title four times, will be equally

determined to add to her legacy.

Sarah-Jane Perry, another former champion who triumphed

over Massaro in 2015 will be another one to watch after an

impressive start to the season.

The main draw qualification rounds and half of the men’s first

round matches will be staged at Nottingham Squash Rackets

Club before moving over to the all-glass show court at the

University of Nottingham.

Nottingham Squash Rackets Club will host the entirety of the

Masters event.

NOTTINGHAM 2019

14 -17 FEBRUARY

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM

TICKET HOTLINE 0844 8797 949

Tickets for the 2019 AJ Bell British National Squash

Championships can be booked online at

www.isportstore.com, by telephone on 0844 8797 949,

or for further information email sales@isportgroup.com

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 27

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


MEN’S PSA WORLD RANKINGS

EGYPT

1 11

Born:

1991

MOHAMED

ELSHORBAGY

EGYPT

2 12

Born:

1992

ALI

FARAG

Lives:

Bristol, England

Lives:

Cairo, Egypt

SAURAV

GHOSAL

DIEGO

ELIAS

INDIA

Born:

1986

Lives:

Kolkata, India

PERU

Born:

1996

Lives:

Lima, Peru

EGYPT

3 13

Born:

1993

MARWAN

ELSHORBAGY

EGYPT

4 14

Born:

1988

TAREK

MOMEN

GERMANY

5 15

Born:

1987

SIMON

RÖSNER

FRANCE

6 16

Born:

1982

GREGORY

GAULTIER

COLOMBIA

7 17

Born:

1985

MIGUEL

ANGEL

RODRIGUEZ

NEW ZEALAND

8 18

Born:

1992

PAUL

COLL

EGYPT

9 19

Born:

1991

KARIM ABDEL

GAWAD

Lives:

Bristol, England

Lives:

Cairo, Egypt

Lives:

Paderborn, Germany

Lives:

Prague,

Czech Republic

Lives:

Bogota, Colombia

Lives:

Greymouth,

New Zealand

Lives:

Giza, Egypt

RYAN

CUSKELLY

MAX

LEE

RAMY

ASHOUR

DECLAN

JAMES

OMAR

MOSAAD

JAMES

WILLSTROP

NICOLAS

MUELLER

AUSTRALIA

Born:

1987

Lives:

Greenwich, USA

HONG KONG

Born:

1988

Lives:

Hong Kong

EGYPT

Born:

1987

Lives:

New York, USA

ENGLAND

Born:

1993

Lives:

Nottingham, England

EGYPT

Born: 1988

Lives: Cairo, Egypt

ENGLAND

Born: 1983

Lives:

Harrogate, England

SWITZERLAND

Born:

1989

Lives:

Zurich, Switzerland

EGYPT

10 20

Born:

1993

MOHAMED

ABOUELGHAR

Lives:

Cairo, Egypt

RAPHAEL

KANDRA

GERMANY

Born:

1990

Lives:

Paderborn, Germany

For more information, visit: www.psaworldtour.com

INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE December 2018 | 29

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


WOMEN’S PSA WORLD RANKINGS

1

NOUR EL

SHERBINI

EGYPT

Born:

1995

Lives:

Alexandria, Egypt

11

ALISON

WATERS

ENGLAND

Born:

1984

Lives:

Hertfordshire, England

2

RANEEM

EL WELILY

EGYPT

Born:

1989

Lives:

Cairo, Egypt

12

ANNIE

AU

HONG KONG

Born: 1989

Lives: Hong Kong

3

NOUR EL

TAYEB

EGYPT

Born:

1997

Lives:

Cairo, Egypt

13

AMANDA

SOBHY

USA

Born:

1993

Lives:

Boston, USA

4

CAMILLE

SERME

FRANCE

Born:

1989

Lives:

Creteil, Paris

14

JOSHNA

CHINAPPA

INDIA

Born:

1986

Lives:

hennai, India

5

LAURA

MASSARO

ENGLAND

Born:

1983

Lives:

Preston, England

15

SALMA HANY

IBRAHIM

EGYPT

Born:

1996

Lives:

Alexandria, Egypt

6

SARAH-JANE

PERRY

ENGLAND

Born:

1990

Lives:

Kenilworth, England

16

VICTORIA

LUST

ENGLAND

Born:

1989

Lives:

Victoria, Canada

7

JOELLE

KING

NEW ZEALAND

Born:

1988

Lives:

Cambridge,

New Zealand

17

DONNA

LOBBAN

AUSTRALIA

Born:

1986

Lives:

Edinburgh, Scotland

8

NOURAN

GOHAR

EGYPT

Born:

1997

Lives:

Cairo, Egypt

18

OLIVIA

BLATCHFORD

CLYNE

USA

Born:

1993

Lives:

Wilton, USA

9

TESNI

EVANS

WALES

Born: 1992

Lives: Rhyl, Wales

19

JOEY

CHAN

HONG KONG

Born:

1988

Lives:

Hong Kong

10 NICOL

DAVID

MALAYSIA

Born:

1983

Lives:

Amsterdam,

Netherlands

20

HANIA EL

HAMMAMY

EGYPT

Born:

2000

Lives:

Cairo, Egypt

For more information, visit: www.psaworldtour.com

30 | Dece,ber 2018 INTERNATIONALSQUASHMAGAZINE

www.isportgroup.com/InternationalSquashMagazine


NOTTINGHAM 2019

14 -17 FEBRUARY

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM

TICKET HOTLINE 0844 8797 949

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines