Fast-forward to 10+ years later, and we had moved into a village just north of NYC and joined a tennis club that was two blocks away. My son had been born with a freakish ability to hit a ball, which I realized when he was two-years-old and he hit a tennis ball that I had pitched him through the basement window with a toy racquet. The Egyptian squash pro there had a toddler’s group that mainly consisted of playing tag on the court since most of the kids couldn’t hit a ball. Except my son. He could rally with the pro, and he loved doing it.
Thus began a journey for us that took us to many countries including a year spent in Egypt (where many of the top players come from) so that he could train with the world’s best coach. In the years before and after, we became a virtual boarding house for Egyptian squash players who were coming to NY. I used to joke that Homeland Security had a dossier on us. And my son’s interest led him to become the #1 ranked junior in the country, and subsequently, a member of the varsity team at Yale.
If you are looking for an incredible workout, try squash. Within a half an hour you will be drenched in sweat and doubting you will ever walk again. My husband describes it as being like a half hour of squat tag. In a study of the best workouts published by Forbes, squash came in at #1. And you know what else? It’s lots of fun.
This week the US Open of Squash began in Philadelphia, and if you are interested, there is tons of information about Squash here!