Squash attracts American grads

South Sound Squash Club is playing host to five visiting US College squash teams this week.

Teams from US Ivy League Colleges Brown and Dartmouth were here before Christmas. Now it’s the turn of Tufts University, George Washington University and Hamilton University.

Each college has brought between 12 and 25 players to Cayman to use SSSC’s world class facilities so they can train while they have a Caribbean holiday.

SSSC coach Dan Kneipp said: ‘Squash isn’t a big sport in the States. It is mostly played in the New England area in prestigious universities and private clubs.

‘That means that a lot of US squash players are from top colleges like Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown.

‘SSSC is doing a lot to help attract more of the players to Cayman including organising the upcoming Cayman Open.

‘We’ve had a great time over the last few weeks with all the college players. Cayman’s best players got to get on court and see what standard of squash is required to get onto a prestigious US college team.

‘It was great to see that our two top male players Alain Mudeen and Cameron Stafford were beating the best college players, despite both of them being under 18. It shows how successful our junior squash programme and elite squash programme is.’

South Sound Squash Club is organising a professional squash tournament that is scheduled for early May that will attract the top 10 female squash players to Cayman, along with sport tourists from the lucrative US squash market.