As with most things in life, squash as a sport, and for some, as
a living, is under constant change. Since the days of our first
tour to Britain in 1960, court walls have become glass, spectators
can actually see lobs off the back wall being executed, the shapes
of racquet heads have been modified from circular to tear drops,
tournaments are now being played almost exclusively under the
"American" scoring system, any colour clothing is acceptable. The
habit of tennis players bouncing the ball on the ground before
serving, for what appears to be an excessive and unnecessary long
time, has crept into our favourite game. What hasn't changed is
that the sport is still played at a fast and furious pace, and
remains an exciting challenge - requiring a mixture of court craft,
intelligence, fitness and athleticism.
This will be the 26th Knights Tour, and another
aspect which hasn't changed over the years is the amazing welcome
and hospitality that the tour members continue to receive from
squash lovers throughout the United Kingdom who host our young
players every second year. Again, during December and January,
there will be more than thirty matches and over 150 individual
on-court contests. To all you wonderful people, thank you.
Two stalwarts of the Knights community deserve special mention.
Joe Richardson has succeeded in putting together another superb
itinerary and must be congratulated and thanked for his tireless
efforts and ongoing support of the Club. Steve Doeg, as selector
and local organizer, remains an essential cog is the Knights and we
thank him for his immense contribution. And it would be remiss of
me not thank all the sponsors who have assisted our young men to
make the trip.
Lastly, to Craig and his team, well done on being selected.
Enjoy every match and every moment. You will be happy when you win.
Be graceful in defeat. Come back with stories of life time.