History of squash

Landmarks of the game of squash

Squash is a fantastic participation sport, allowing its players great health and fitness benefits through short sprint bursts and intensive exercise. Here are some of the historical landmarks that have marked the progression of the game of squash over the years.

1883 The first known purpose-built squash court was constructed by Vernon Harcourt in Oxford.

1886 The first set of rules were formulated.

1911 Standard measurements of the court were laid down.

1922 The first major championships for women were held in England.

1923 The first major championships for men were held in England.

1928 The Squash Rackets Association (SRA) was founded.

1930 The British Open Championships were first held.

1934 The Women's Squash Rackets Association (WSRA) was founded.

1950 Janet Morgan (Shardlow), wins the first of her 10 'Open' titles.

1951 Hashim Khan wins his first 'Open' Championships and the Khan family then dominates the tournament until 1963.

1952 His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh becomes Patron of the SRA.

1961 Heather Blundell (McKay) wins the first of her sixteen 'Open' titles.

1966 The first glass backwall is unveiled at the Birkenhead Squash Rackets Club.

1967 Jonah Barrington wins the first of his six 'Open' titles.

1967 Geoff Hunt wins the first ISRF World Individual Championship.

1969 Geoff Hunt of Australia wins the first of his eight 'Open' titles.

1973 Edinburgh hosts the first European men's team championship. England wins.

1974 Geoff Hunt wins the first World Open Championships for men.

1976 Heather McKay wins the first World Open Championships for women.

1976 Great Britain win the men's World Amateur Team title for the first time.

1978 Amsterdam hosts the first European women's team championships. England wins.

1979 The distinction between Amateurs and Professionals is abolished.

1980 Jahangir Khan wins the first of his 10 'Open' titles.

1985 England wins the Women's World Team Championship for the first time.

1989 The WSRA and the SRA merge to become the SRA.

1995 England win the World Men’s Team Championship for the first time.

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