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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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