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Mudge & Gould Perfect in Winnipeg

Damien Mudge & Ben Gould continued their unbeaten run, not dropping a game for a third consecutive tournament on their way to the inaugural Qualico Pro Doubles title in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Twelve teams converged at the Winnipeg Racquet Club to contest for the SDA Gold $30,000 prize purse in the first Canadian event on the 2013-2014 SDA Pro Tour calendar.

The fourth tournament of the season, and second gold tournament of the season once again saw the Australian joint world No. 1’s triumph in the first tournament of the season to play out according to seeding.SDA Qualico finals 2

In the absence of respective regular partners Yvain Badan and Preston Quick, Manek Mathur and Matt Jenson forged a partnership that led them to the semifinals against Mudge & Gould. Mathur & Jenson endured a five-game quarterfinal test against Graham Bassett & Ian Power, in which the world No. 5 and 8 recovered from a 2-1 deficit emerging victorious in five games 15-14, 14-15, 6-15, 15-9, 15-7. Continue reading

Mudge & Gould Capture Second Title of the Season in St. Louis

The dominant duo of Damien Mudge & Ben Gould won their second title of the 2013-2014 season and fourth consecutive St. Louis Open held at the Racquet Club of St. Louis.

In a repeat of the Maryland Club Open final, Mudge & Gould met Imran Khan & Mark Chaloner in their first match of the tournament. The world No. 12 and 15 presented the Australian joint-world No. 1’s with their most formidable challenge of the tournament as the only opposition to stretch a game into double figures 14-15, 13-15, 14-15.

SDA St. Louis 1Four seeds and joint world No. 7’s Matt Jenson & Preston Quick—making their first appearance of the season—met the Australian powerhouse in the semifinals after digging out of a 2-1 deficit to defeat Chris Walker & Hamed Anvari 10-15, 15-14, 12-15, 15-3, 15-10. Again, Mudge & Gould only needed three games to defeat Jenson & Quick 15-5, 15-4, 15-7 setting up a final against former Trinity College teammates Manek Mathur & Yvain Badan.

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Mudge & Gould win the 10th Anniversary Maryland Club Event

2013 World Doubles champions Damien Mudge & Ben Gould have won the 2013 Maryland Club Open at the Maryland Club in Baltimore on the tournament’s tenth anniversary—their first title of the 2013-2014 Squash Doubles Association season in the first full ranking tournament of the season.

The Australian, joint-SDA world No. 1s did not drop a game on their way to the Maryland Open title, which included the world’s top eight squash doubles players.

Although the top half of the twelve-team draw went according to seeding with Mudge & Gould meeting four seeds Manek Mathur & Yvain Badan in the semifinals, the bottom half of the draw did not with both the two and three seeds exiting the tournament in the quarterfinals.

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Smith and Nanda clinch the SDA Charlottesville Challenger season opener

Jonny Smith and Raj Nanda have won the inaugural Charlottesville Challenger $15,000, their first SDA title since pairing up to claim the 2010 Pittsburgh Cup as the Squash Doubles Association welcomed two new doubles courts to the professional circuit during the McArthur Squash Center Grand Opening Festival of Squash at Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Smith and Nanda, world No. 13 and 21, entered the draw as three seeds and defeated first round opponents Graham Bassett and Ian Power in four games 15-11, 15-10, 10-15, 15-9 to set up a semifinal match against Chris Walker and Hamed Anvari who upset two seeds former PSA world No. 1 John White and world No. 12 John Russell in a five game, quarterfinal match 15-13, 13-15, 14-15, 15-13, 15-11.

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World’s first all-glass hardball doubles court a hit with the pros

Article courtesy of U.S. Squash

The world’s first all-glass hardball doubles court has officially been given the nod of approval by the world’s top players, during the first ever professional event to be held on the court and simultaneously live streamed to fans watching from afar.

The Elmaleh Classic invitational pro event was contested on the new court at the National Squash Academy (NSA) in Toronto, Canada, alongside a pro-am event named the Hogtown Rumble. Continue reading