PMB - ready for squash

2017-04-19 06:01
PHOTOS: suppliedSquash players and supporters in Pietermaritzburg toast to the new doubles squash court.

PHOTOS: suppliedSquash players and supporters in Pietermaritzburg toast to the new doubles squash court.

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THE Pietermaritzburg squash community celebrated the official opening of the city’s first doubles squash court last week.

The doubles squash court forms part of the Collegians Squash complex and adds value to the sport in the region, according to Midlands Squash Union (MSU) governor, Mike Short.

“The court follows other investments in recent years at the complex, including an office for the MSU and a 200-seat spectator gallery,” he said.

Short said while the office and gallery were funded by the MSU, Collegians Squash Club and a National Lotteries grant, the doubles court was partially sponsored by a local businessman, himself a former squash player.

“His contribution has met a ballooning need for a doubles squash court in the city,” said Short.

“While the doubles squash court is the same length of a singles court, it is 1.2 metres wider with a full glass back wall to accommodate four players.”

Likening doubles squash to that of T20 Test cricket, Short said the twin variant extends the life of a player who in their senior years, may find the singles game too demanding.

“It’s a game definitely less strenuous and perhaps more social, reason enough for it to grow in popularity,” he said.

Citing the masters doubles squash inter-provincial, now in its 14th year, Short said more than 500 players across the country contest it annually.

Doubles squash is also played at top competitive level said Short.

“Pietermaritzburg players
Justin Gouweloos and Alan McGuigan were in action at the recent SA National Doubles tournament that they’ve won three times in the last four years,” he said.

“We’re very excited about the doubles court and believe it will promote squash in the city and in the KZN Midlands.

“Squash is very active in
Pietermaritzburg with close on 600 players playing winter league squash each week and there are several other tournaments that are played in the city, like the Dave Short Inter-Provincial tournament in June, which attracts 250 players each year and will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year,” he said.

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