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by Richard C. Squires (1931 2003)


[March 1968]


Who Can Play? Strategy Fundamental Strokes Shot Making History of Squash Tennis Court Specifications and Equipment Official Playing Rules [National Champions]


Dick Squires is certainly qualified to produce this manual on "Instant Squash Tennis."

Added to an articulateness which equips him to put his experience and knowledge into words, his background in racquet games is broad, longstanding and at a level sufficiently upper echelon to have garnered national championships in three separate bat and ball sports.

Starting early, in Bronxville, N.Y., he was a member of the National Junior Davis Cup Tennis team at 17. Emerging from The Hill School in 1949 and fitted with the National Junior Tennis Doubles crown, he went through Williams College with the class of 1953.

In 1954, he was 50 percent of the title winning team in the National Squash Racquets men's Doubles Championships, and was ranked seventh nationally in singles. Twice a finalist in the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Championship, he was elected President of the National Intercollegiate Association in 1952.

Less active in formal competition for some years, he latterly became interested in a newly burgeoning racquet sport, and attained the pinnacle in the 1966 National Platform Paddle Tennis Doubles Championships.

Meanwhile, he had become fascinated with the venerable game of Squash Tennis. Attacking it with his usual enthusiasm and natural aptitudes, in two years he mastered this relatively difficult game sufficiently to be runner up in the Nationals Singles (1966). Concurrently, he devoted the aforementioned enthusiasm to heading a program to revitalize the game; with significant results. Finally, also in 1967, he was elected President of the 57 year old National Squash Tennis Association.

A word about the various illustrations showing the squash tennis court and various shots: The solid is you and your position and the O is your opponent's. The direction of flight of the ball is indicated by arrows and the "x" indicates when and where the ball bounces on the floor. "F" indicates forehand, "B" backhand, and the "S" is the service. In all descriptions it is assumed the player is right handed.

(Illustrated by Richard Kaiser)

[Transcriber's Note: See the HTML version of this e book for illustrations. Figure captions have been transferred to the text in brackets.]


Anyone who enjoys playing Tennis, Squash Racquets, Platform Tennis, or any racquet game and has good reflexes will love Squash Tennis.

Where it lacks the endurance and subtlety that Squash Racquets calls for, it offers the exhilaration inherent in powerfully hit strokes, split second racquet work, and graceful, seemingly unhurried footwork. The ball "comes to you" more often, but the challenge is to figure out the wider angles and exactly where the lightning fast green ball will eventually end up after rebounding off of as many as five walls.

The game of Squash Tennis has something to offer players of all ages. The demands for fast reflexes, agile racquet work and speed of foot are intriguing challenges for the youngsters. On the other hand, placement, guile, patience, and the faster ball that actually provides more time for retrieval make Squash Tennis the ideal sport for the "older" athlete who wants to preserve that straight waistline all of his life. The average age of the ranking players today is around 43!

In addition, the promising, young (10 to 13 year old) Lawn Tennis "comer," who cannot play Tennis during the winter months and still does not have the strength or coordination to hit the Squash Racquets ball hard and often enough to heat it up and realize some prolonged, interesting rallies, is an excellent prospect for Squash Tennis.

The ball is not affected by temperature change and requires no "warming up." The youngster will improve his racquet work, hone his reflexes (especially on volleys and half volleys), and keep his legs in shape during the off winter months... Continue reading book >>

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