After learning the things about squash and the rules of squash now it is time to know some of the most important facts about squash, so let’s hit it!
Some of the most Important Facts about Squash
- As per one survey conducted by the World Squash Federation in the year 2009, there were 49, 908 squash courts in 188 countries.
- England has the highest number of squash courts followed by Germany, Egypt, USA, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, France, Netherlands and Spain.
- The United States has the fastest growing squash players in the world.
- There are two regulating authorities in Squash, Professional Squash Association (PSA) for men and Women’s Squash Association (WSA) for women.
- Charles Read was the first ever champion of any Squash Championship conducted. He won the England Squash and Racketball Association’s first ever British Open Championship in December, 1930.
- Although Squash is not part of the Olympics, but it is very much part of the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games and Pan American Games.
- Jahangir Khan of Pakistan is considered to be the greatest squash player ever in the history of the game.
- In the year 2003, Forbes magazine rated squash as the Numero Uno healthiest sport to play.
- One hour of squash can burn approximately 600 to 1000 food calories and it is considered as an excellent cardiovascular workout.
- Squash provides a good upper and lower body workout because of the usage of both the legs and a player has to run around the court and it is also a good work out for the arms and torso because of the swing a squash player makes.
- The game of squash was formerly called as ‘squash racquets’ because of the squashable soft balls used for the game.
- Both the racquets made for Squash and Tennis are believed to be discovered as early as in the 16th century and they are descended from the ‘game of racquets which was very popular in England.
- The game of squash was invented in Harrow School in England and was spread to the schools across the country and then it became International.
- The first ever squash court in the North America was established at St. Paul’s school the New Hampshire in the year 1884.