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Origins of Doubles Squash

Published: 07 Dec 2009 - 03:39 by cnormand

Updated: 08 Dec 2009 - 21:13

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Can anyone provide a lead as to the early games of doubles squash?

My uncle (who died this year, aged 97) was said to have been World Doubles Champion  - probably in the early/mid 1930s - but no-one now knows the date(s) nor who was his partner.  To my regret, I forgot to ask him!

He played at the Edinburgh Squash Club, which has one of the few doubles courts in the world.  The Club Secretary, in Edinburgh, has no record of a World Championship played there!

Christopher Normand

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From cnormand - 08 Dec 2009 - 21:13

Thanks!  As a 73-year old ex-player, I agree!

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From rippa rit - 08 Dec 2009 - 20:56   -   Updated: 08 Dec 2009 - 20:58

Well Christopher a lot of things should happen and be recorded but the sad fact is unless we make affiliation compulsory (very hard to enforce when almost nobody thinks it is necessary).  Why have affiliation? To get cash to employ staff to do these jobs and colate records of members, tournaments, history, centres, courts, pay for Committees to meet throughout the country to bring the sport closer together, etc.. The only records WSF keep are from affiliated Nations, who in turn keep records of affiliated countries, who in turn keep records of affiliated state associations, who in turn keep records of affiliated regional bodies, who keep records of affiliated clubs.  If anything is done by an unaffiliated squash club/centre the records probably just go in the bin after the presentation.

If all players were affiliated we would know how old our members are, what programs are being conducted by clubs, the number of participants, male or female, etc..there are lots of benefits to our sport.

I did not mean to go on and on but I see a sport go backwards because of the lack of cohesion.

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From cnormand - 07 Dec 2009 - 22:33

Pity!  I wonder why there are no records as the doubles game has been going for a long time!  Is there a list of all the doubles courts world wide?

Christopher

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From rippa rit - 07 Dec 2009 - 06:32

I think you will be flat out finding records.  WSF have the history of the game and very little of Doubles prior to the 1990's.  I think you will have to take your Uncle's word for it.

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