Squash

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Squash

Squash is a racquet 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 racquet and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court.

The game was formerly called squash racquets, a reference to the “squashable” soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball used in its parent game racquets).

Squash is recognized by the IOC and supporters are lobbying for its incorporation in a future Olympic program. In 2003, Forbes rated squash as the number one healthiest sport to play.

The use of stringed racquets is shared with tennis, which dates from the late sixteenth century, though is more directly descended from the game of racquets from England. In “racquets”, instead of hitting over a net as in tennis, players hit a squeezable ball against walls.

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