Squash is a popular game among the masses as well as many celebrities. Whether they are actors or politicians, many of them love to play squash.
And why not? It is a challenging sport that is extremely fun to play. People from all walks of life and ages can have a good time playing it, either alone or with a partner.
So, are there any celebrities who play squash? Certainly, there are. From actors like Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler to politicians like Tony Blair and Justin Trudeau to even Prince Charles, there are many celebrities who play squash.
It is, however, interesting to note that although squash isn’t as popular as other sports, it has a strong following in itself. Not many celebrities are seen playing football or basketball, for example, but they will go for squash. We will look at this in more detail along with what makes squash so popular.
Being an experienced squash player myself, I have often played the sport in various clubs and tournaments. Occasionally I do see celebrities thoroughly enjoying the sport. They are quite enthusiastic in their responses to my questions on their opinion of squash.
What Is Squash?
Squash is a sport played with a ball and a racquet. The players must strike a small, hollowed, rubber ball alternately with their racquet on playable surfaces on the court walls. A squash game needs a maximum of four players to be played on a court with four walls but it can also be played alone.
How to Play Squash
Squash is played by two players (singles) or four players (doubles), who take turns hitting the ball against the front wall of the court. The ball may bounce off any of the other three walls before it reaches the front wall again but may not bounce more than once on the floor after it hits the front wall.
Players score points by making the ball reach the front wall in such a way that their opponent is unable to return it before it bounces twice on the floor or by forcing their opponent to hit the ball out of bounds. The player who scores the most points wins the game.
Celebrities Who Play Squash
Some of the most famous and successful people in the world enjoy playing squash. Here are just a few of the celebrities who play squash:
Hugh Jackman: The actor best known for his role as Wolverine in the "X-Men" movies is an avid squash player and often plays at the New York Athletic Club.
Gerard Butler – The Scottish actor is another avid squash player and has even been known to play in charity matches.
Chris Eubank – The former professional boxer is a keen squash player and even competed in the British national championships in 2009.
Prince Charles – The heir to the British throne is a long-time squash enthusiast and has been playing the sport for over 40 years.
Matthew Perry: The actor best known for his role in the television sitcom "Friends" is a passionate squash player and even has his own line of squash rackets.
Justin Trudeau: The current Prime Minister of Canada is an avid squash player and is often seen playing at the Ottawa Athletic Club, where he is a member.
Tony Blair: The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is a noted squash player and was even once ranked as the second-best player in his age group in all of England.
Bill Gates: The co-founder of Microsoft is an avid squash player and is even a member of the World Squash Federation Hall of Fame. In fact, Gates is so passionate about the sport that he helped finance the construction of the Seattle Squash Center, which is now one of the premier squash facilities in the United States.
Popularity of Squash
While not as widely played as some other racket sports, squash is enjoyed by people of all ages in countries all over the world. According to The Sports & Fitness Industry Association, there are an estimated 10 million squash players worldwide, with 1.4 million in the United States alone.
Squash is a popular sport for many reasons. It is easy to learn and can be played by people of all ages and abilities. It is also a very sociable game and can be enjoyed by friends and family alike. Squash is also a great way to stay fit and active, and many people use the sport as a tool to lose weight or improve their overall fitness levels.
Is Squash a Posh Game?
While squash is enjoyed by people of all socio-economic backgrounds, it has historically been seen as a "posh" sport. This is likely due to its association with private schools and universities, as well as its reputation as a "gentleman's game."
While squash may have originated in upper-class circles and is often associated with private schools and country clubs, it is actually a very inclusive sport. Squash is one of the most accessible sports, with courts available in public parks, community centers, and YMCAs across the country. it is now enjoyed by people from all walks of life. In fact, squash is one of the most accessible sports around, with courts located in most towns and cities across the globe. Whether you're rich or poor, young or old, squash is a sport for everyone.
Squash is increasingly being embraced by people from all walks of life and is no longer seen as an elitist sport. There are many community squash programs aimed at getting kids from disadvantaged backgrounds involved in the sport.
Who Can Play Squash?
As we have already mentioned, squash is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, there's always room for improvement. If you're looking to get into squash, there are plenty of resources available to help you get started.
Many towns and cities have Squash Clubs, which offer membership at very reasonable rates. These clubs typically have courts that can be hired by the hour, and they also offer coaching services for those who want to learn more about the game. There are also many online resources available, such as video tutorials and articles which provide helpful tips and advice for those wanting to improve their squash game.
Most Famous Squash Players in History
There have been many great squash players over the years, with some achieving legendary status in the sport. Some of the most famous squash players in history include:
Jahangir Khan – Often regarded as the greatest squash player of all time, Khan dominated the sport throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. He won an incredible 555 matches in a row, a record that is unlikely to ever be beaten.
Rodney Martin - A three-time world champion, Martin was one of the most successful squash players of the late 20th century.
Jonah Barrington - One of the pioneers of modern squash, Barrington was the game's first global superstar. He helped to popularize squash in the 1960s and 1970s and was the sport's first-ever world champion.
About THE AUTHOR
Since initially playing at the collegiate level, I have amassed several decades of experience playing racquetball, tennis, and pickleball. I have played thousands of matches and games, and won medals and awards in multiple tourantments. I am constantly improving my game and enjoy mentoring and coaching other players in strategy and technique. I have authored dozens of articles on the sport.Read More About Michael Stevens