Squash was created around 1865 in England. There are two versions of its origin:
- One story tells us that squash was created at the famous boardingschool of Harrow and was played outside by boys, who had to wait at the rackets-court.
- Another story is that squash was created by prisoners who hit a ball against the inners walls of the prison courtyard. These prisoners were often people who couldn’t pay their depts and belonged to the same social class as the students at Harrow boardingschool.
Arriving in the 1970’s, long trousers had gone out of fashion, but wooden rackets were still very much in use, as one can see in the following (dutch) video:
Commercial squash evolved in Australia and then crossed back to England. Commercial squash gave the sport a real boost. Instead of being an elite sport for boardingschools, universities and officers mess’, it was a sport for everyone. Nowadays, squash is the second biggest sports in England. In Germany, with tennis and football, squash ranks in the top 3 of popular sports. Worldwide, squash is played in more then 175 countries, both on a competitive level as well as for recreational play. Estimates are that some 20 million men and women play squash.
Modern squash, while still having the same basics, is quite a lot faster compared to the game 3 decades ago: