World No. 4 Amanda Sobhy won her fifth U.S. Women’s Championship—and first since 2018—while Timmy Brownell upset the top two seeds on his way to a maiden S.L. Green U.S. Men’s Championship title Friday, June 17, at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia. The players competed for the winner’s share of the $100,000 tournament prize fund, the highest ever at the event and with full parity for the women’s and men’s divisions.

Watch a replay of the finals on the US Squash YouTube channel.
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Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy is through to the knock out stages of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals following group stage victories over Joelle King and Georgina Kennedy, Friday, June 24, in Cairo, Egypt. Sobhy will now face recently-crowned world champion Nour El Sherbini in the semifinals Saturday, June 25, at 2:15pm ET.

The inaugural “An Evening With Team USA” event celebrated the accomplishments of the members of the US Squash High Performance Program (HPP) over the past season, and honored Paul Assaiante for his decades of service as a U.S. National Team coach as he passes the role of Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach to Ong Beng Hee.

On the 50th anniversary of #TitleIX, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a special print and online issue featuring both a video story of the women of US Squash breaking barriers and the organization’s efforts to bring more women and girls into the game, and a print story of Amanda Sobhy balancing her role in the media spotlight.

June marks LGBTQ+ Pride Month around the world and is a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ people and diversity, remember the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and continued advocacy for equal rights and inclusion. US Squash spoke with three-time U.S. Champion and world No. 36 Todd Harritywho became the first male squash professional to come out as openly gay in 2018about the importance of pride month.

US Squash celebrates the graduating senior class by publishing personal reflections from players on their junior squash careers, and what they look forward to in their next chapter in life and squash. The second installment for 2022 of this ongoing series is available now.

Applications for the 2021-2022 US Squash Scholar Athlete Award are now available, providing high school students the opportunity to be recognized for their academic and athletic accomplishments over the past year. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2022.

In accordance with the Association By-laws, ARTICLE IV, Section 1, the Association hosted an Annual Meeting of the Members on June 23, 2022. Two Directors, Francis Johnson and Shanin Specter, were re-elected to Class 3 positions.

In January 1968 George Plimpton examined the fraught American squash-ball situation in an article in Sports Illustrated, “The Strange Case of the Balls That Go Poof!” The Seamless, Plimpton wrote: “the standard ball then, made by the Seamless Rubber Company, while adequate enough, tended to heat up during play and take on ‘rabbit’ characteristics. It would bounce so eagerly around the confines of the court that it became very difficult even for top players, particularly against quick retrievers, to put the ball away. Good players were anxious for a change.”

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275 Squash and Education Alliance students from 16 programs around the country contested the SEA Individual Nationals, June 2-5, at the Specter Center with CitySquash, StreetSquash, Capitol Squash and Cincinnati Squash Academy bringing home trophies. View more images from the tournament here.