Squash Team Championship Series makes first visit to the United States in Washington

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Squash – the sport – appears to be making a comeback in the United States as the World Squash Federation World Team Squash Championship takes place in the United States for the first time in the federation’s 50-year history.

Squash appears to be gaining popularity in the United States as the Men’s World Team Squash Championship takes place in the United States for the first time in its 50-year history.

OMCP / Liz Anderson

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Ian Warthin and his 5 year old son Owen watched the round trips between Egypt and the USA team.

OMCP / Liz Anderson

(WTOP / Liz Anderson)

If squash are first to mind when you hear the word “squash,” think again. The sport appears to be gaining popularity in the United States as the World Squash Federation Men’s World Team Squash Championship takes place in the United States for the first time in the federation’s 50-year history.

“Squash is in a fantastic location,” said Championship Director Tim Garner.

The competition kicked off Sunday in Northwest, DC, and featured games between Team USA and Egypt – the current title holders.

“It is made up of 23 nations from all over the world who are fighting to be world champions,” said Tim Garner, championship director. “They’re all in six groups of teams, and they’re competing against each other in their group and they’re progressing into the knockout stage which starts on Wednesday,” Garner said.

Each team is made up of four members.

Ian Warthin and his 5 year old son Owen watched the round trips between Egypt and the USA team.

Warthin grew up in the DC area and has been following the sport for almost 20 years since attending college. These days he introduces him to his son.

“I think Egypt has four or five of the top 10 players in the world. It will be an uphill battle. France is another power,” Warthin told the WTO.

As for Owen, he loves sports. “I like when America wins,” but not so much “when they lose really badly,” he said.

The Championship will be held at Squash on Fire in Northwestern DC until December 21, 2019.

Times and tickets are available on the tournament website. Matches are also broadcast on Facebook Live.

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