Squash was invented in Harrow School around 1830 before the game spread to other schools, eventually becoming an international sport. Squash is a racket sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players must alternate in striking the ball with their racket and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court. Squash is recognized by the IOC and supporters are lobbying for its incorporation in a future Olympic program. Traditional squash power houses are Pakistan, Egypt, England, India and Australia.
When we discuss squash we cannot but mention the legendary Jahangir Khan of the World No. 1 professional squash player from Pakistan, who is considered to be the greatest player in the history of squash. During his career he won the World Open six times and the British Open a record ten times. From 1981 to 1986, he was unbeaten in competitive play. During that time he won 555 matches consecutively, the longest winning streak by any athlete in top-level professional sports as recorded by Guinness World Records. He retired as a player in 1993, and has served as President of the World Squash Federation from 2002 to 2008, when he became Emeritus President.
Squash provides an excellent cardiovascular workout. In one hour of squash, a player may expend approximately 600 to 1000 Kilo Calories. The sport also provides a good upper and lower body workout by exercising both the legs in running around the court and the arms and torso in swinging the racket. In 2003, Forbes rated squash as the number one healthiest sport to play.
We in Citrus Ventures provide squash courts in many of our developments like Citrus Polaris and Citrus Casa Greens.