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CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SQUASH SOUL



This spring was punctuated by the return of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions. It has been over 800 days since the previous ToC in January 2020 and there was nothing better chicken soup for the squash soul than standing in the Grand Central midway again, the Gotham energy, the commuters, the marble, the chandeliers and the worlds best smashing balls next to you.

Just like before, old friends regularly popped out of the stream of people. New York is famously a city where you dont bump into people, and after 23 ToCs in Vanderbilt Hall, Ive still not gotten over the thrill of it.

But it was a pretty different ToC. Instead of icy gusts of winter wind and snow adhering to my shoes, it was mid-spring and warm. Luckily it wasnt brutally hot like the last time the ToC was in Grand Central in a non-winter week, in June 1995. That year, John Nimick and Melissa Winstanley had to spend thousands of dollars piping air-conditioning into Vanderbilt Hall.
Compared to previous iterations, there were far fewer coaches loitering around, due to the PSA pandemic rule about no coaching during a match. A few players told me they had adjusted to the new rule: they were forced to figure out themselves what was working and not working, a skill that some were obviously better at than others.

And everyone was wearing a mask or were supposed to, at least. This became crucially appropriate only in hindsight, as half a dozen behind-the-scenes staffers later tested positive for Covid.

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FROM:
Squash Player magazine 2022 Issue 2
See the full Gallery and magazine Contents here 
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