Squash feature on NBC Nightly News

Did you happen to see yesterday’s NBC Nightly News broadcast? The evening’s final segment featured Reyna Pacheco, a graduate of Squash Education Alliance (SEA)’s Access Youth Academy in San Diego.

Born in Mexico, Pacheco moved to the U.S. when she was four years old and in middle school joined Access Youth Academy, a member program of SEA. She went on to attend Columbia University as a Gates Millenium Scholar, played on Columbia’s varsity squash team, and after graduation competed for two years on the professional tour, reaching a world ranking of #61.

In 2018, Pacheco moved to New York City to join Goldman Sachs, where she is now an Associate in Structured Finance. Pacheco continues to play squash, serves on the board of New York’s CitySquash, and remains involved with Access Youth Academy.

Awesome to see squash feature on NBC Nightly News!

Watch now!

 

Haley Mendez

Haley recently moved to Chicago in 2021 to start business school.

Originally from Brooklyn,  she began playing squash at the Heights Casino. During her junior career she reached a highest national ranking of #1 U19, was consistently ranked top three in her age group, and was a three time National Finalist.  She represented the United States at three Junior World Championships, helping the team to its first ever second place finish during her final appearance in 2011.  She was the winner of US Squash’s DeRoy Sportsmanship Award presented annually to one male and one female ranked junior who has best represented and demonstrated the principles of fair play and sportsmanship during their junior career.  While competing individually she was a four-time letter winner at Packer Collegiate High School and captained the boys’ team during her senior year.

Haley spent her collegiate squash career at Harvard University. During her four years representing the Crimson, she won three National Championships and three Ivy League Titles, earned three Individual All American honors and served as a captain during both her junior and senior years.  Off the court she majored in Human Evolutionary Biology graduating Cum Laude, and received Academic All Ivy honors.

Haley’s playing career was interrupted during her senior year when she suffered a torn ACL followed several months later by a torn meniscus.  While recovery was an arduous journey, her injuries and two resultant knee operations gave her the opportunity to build upon her coaching skills, in both individual, private lessons and school, team practices.

Following this playing hiatus and a successful rehab program, Haley finally embarked upon her professional squash career in the fall of 2016.

In July 2020, Haley did a Virtual Squash Workout for squashers to stay active during COVID lockdowns.

Watch Haley play December 10th in Pro Exhibition & Mixer @ MetroSquash!

 

 

POSTPONED Pro Exhibition & Mixer @ MetroSquash

Pro exhibition & mixer is POSTPONED! Stay tuned for opportunity to watch some fantastic exhibition matches & get on court to learn from the pros in 2022!

New date TBD.

All welcome. Registration & vaccination required for adults. Masks required. Bring non marking/indoor shoes. There will be loaner rackets and goggles available.

Sign up on ClubLocker or email illinSquash@gmail.com

Upload proof of vaccination – League/District please enter Illinois Squash.

Free for members & suggested donation to MetroSquash.

Event Postponed
Stay tuned for opportunity to watch some fantastic exhibition matches & get on court to learn from the pros in 2022!

 

Women’s Squash Week Kickoff with Haley Mendez @LakeShore Sport & Fitness

Kick off  Women’s Squash Week with free event at LakeShore Sport & Fitness Illinois Center on Sunday 9/19 from 11-1pm.

Join us again for another LSF Women’s Mixer Sunday November 14th.

All welcome, no squash experience needed.

Bring non marking/indoor shoes. Racquets will be provided.

*Proof of vaccination & masks required*

Please complete waiver for Lakeshore

Upload proof of vaccination – League/District please enter WSW Illinois Squash

 

El Sherbini Collects Fifth PSA World Championship Title & Farag Loves Chicago

Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini earned her fifth–and third consecutive–world title while her compatriot Ali Farag won his second–both secured in Chicago at the million dollar PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family.

Like Farag, El Sherbini also won the 2018-19 PSA World Championship title when it was held at Chicago’s Union Station, and the twenty-five-year-old has become only the third woman to win five World Championship titles courtesy of an 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 victory against World No. 2 Gohar.

In addition to the most prestigious title in squash, the world No. 1 spot was on the line, but El Sherbini–playing in her seventh World Championship final–held Gohar at bay to hold onto the ranking and capture the World Championship crown for a third season running.

“I’m really thrilled, if anyone told me before that I was going to win five World Championships then I wouldn’t have believed them,” El Sherbini said. “It’s really hard to believe that I have just won my fifth World Championship. It was very tough until the end, Nouran kept pushing me, she keeps fighting and never gave up. That’s why she’s here and she’s playing her first World Championship final, I know how big it is and how she’s feeling.”

The title marked El Sherbini’s twenty-fifth career PSA title.

“She didn’t show any pressure, she played hard and tough until the last point, and I’m really happy I finished it in the end,” El Sherbini said. “I think I had to wait until the final to lose one game and to the world No. 2. I’m going to celebrate with my dad and back home, my mom and my brother, all the family and friends, it’s very late now but everyone is up and watching.”

Farag has lifted the men’s PSA World Championship title for the second time–becoming the third Egyptian to do so–following a 7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 victory over Mohamed ElShorbagy, which saw him come back from a game down and 7-0 behind in the second.

Despite the win, the twenty-nine-year-old Farag–who has taken three titles in a row in Chicago after also winning the 2018-19 PSA World Championship crown and last year’s Windy City Open–will be overtaken as world No. 1 by ElShorbagy in the August PSA World Rankings, with ElShorbagy just needing to reach the final here in Chicago to reclaim the top ranking.

Farag’s title win is the twenty-second of his career and his third of the 2020-21 PSA World Tour season after previous successes at the CIB Egyptian Open and Qatar Classic. It comes just eleven days after the birth of his daughter, Farida.

“I’m quite emotional about this because it’s a special week for me with my baby daughter being born just before this and having my parents in my corner,” Farag said. “Chicago’s definitely becoming my favorite city and not just because of the events but because of the people that make you feel so welcome. The Walter family never cease to amaze us with how much they support the sport. Mohamed, when I share a court with him, every time it’s an honor. We are here, our generation, because of him. He paved the way for us and we have to keep raising our game. I’m in awe of what he does and he is the reason that we are here today.”

This season’s PSA World Championships is the sport’s second $1,000,000 tournament–following the 2018-19 edition–and El Sherbini and Farag have taken the most lucrative winner’s prize money in squash, which amounts to over $64,000.

El Sherbini Collects Fifth PSA World Championship Title; Farag Wins Second in Chicago | US Squash

September Exhibition Match

Come watch exciting exhibition match at LifeTime Vernon Hills on September 28 between The Peruvian Puma World #8 Diego Elias & The Cannonball World #11 Miguel Rodriguez.

This event is free for all to enjoy! No ticket necessary. Following LifeTime’s policy, kids 12 years and younger need to wear masks.

Ask for more information at the Activity Center or contact squash pro Franz Schwerer about any of our squash programs at cell 224 829 1169 or fschwerer@lt.life

We hope to see you there!

 

 

The Toledo Club Squash Fall Fest

The Squash Fall Fest acts as The Toledo Club season opener and they look forward to welcoming everyone for a weekend of fun on and off the court.

The event will feature brackets for all abilities – 3.0/D, 3.5/C, 4.0/B, 5.0/A, Women’s, 50+ and 60+ as well as a pro invitational draw.

The entry fee for the event is just $90 and that includes food and beer. Please see the tournament flyer attached. Entry deadline is Friday, September 24th.

Fall Fest 2021 Entry Form

They’re Here!

Squash World Championship Contenders Arrive in Chicago!

The top squash players from all over the world have begun to arrive to the University Club of Chicago. The Squash World Championships, presented by The Walter Family, begins this Wednesday, July 14 in Cathedral Hall.

So far we have seen several candidates arrive early to train for the upcoming tournament. Ali Farag, currently ranked #1 male in the world, arrived last week and has been using the facilities to strength train and practice on the court.

Two other competitors practicing together included Joel Makin (#9) of Wales and Shahjahan Khan (#51) of the United States.

We are eager and excited for the tournament to begin on an all-glass court in our iconic Cathedral Hall. Tickets are still available for purchase here. 

* Pssst Illinois Squash members get 25% off tickets so check your for promo code or send us an email at illinSquash@gmail.com *

Joel Makin of Wales (left) and Shahjahan Khan of the United States (right).

Ryosei Kobayashi of Japan (left), Mike Way coach of Harvard Squash (middle), and Todd Harrity of the United States (right).