When you think of sports, you probably think of ones like football, baseball, and soccer. But one sport that is just as fun, just not as well-known, is squash. There are millions of squash players around the world -- in fact, more than 20 million people participate in squash regularly, at squash camps and public courts, in more than 185 countries. But if you don't know that much about squash and are looking to learn more, keep reading for some fun facts about this sport.
Squash was invented by Harrow School students in 1830, although prisoners in the London prison had been playing a similar sport for exercise.
The name "squash" was chosen because the sport was originally played with rubber balls, which became squashed when they hit walls.
Playing squash is a great source of exercise -- just one hour of squash can help burn up to 1,000 calories.
In the United States, there are only two outdoor squash courts. One is located in Minnesota and the other is in Vermont.
There was a squash court on The Titanic and a well-known professional squash player, Fred Wright, was on the ship when it went down. First-class passengers could pay two shillings and tuppence to play on the court for an hour -- they could even have squash lessons from Wright or play against him.
In December of 2016, the record for the world's longest squash rally was made. Simon Boughton and Mark James rallied for one hour, four minutes, and 28 seconds at Edinburgh Sports Club, completing 2536 shots.
Forbes Magazine voted squash the healthiest sport to play. The sport improves muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility. Additionally, there is a very low risk of injury when playing squash.
When Queen Elizabeth II was in labor with Prince Charles, there was a massive 30-hour-long squash marathon as people waited in anticipation. Prince Philip even played some squash during the Queen's labor.
The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is considered the biggest and best opportunity to watch competitive squash -- it's been running annually since 1932.
Sean Connery, who is best known for his role as James Bond, is an avid squash player.
Squash can be a great source of both fun and exercise. So if you're interested in this sport, consider contacting Good Nick Squash to learn more about lessons and even squash camp.