#teamyellow wins first 2019 match in Freilassing

After taking an early train from Vienna to Salzburg we took our time to enjoy a breakfast and of course some #sightsquashing in the marvelous birth town of Mozart.

#sightsquashing Salzburg
#sightsquashing Salzburg

Next stop Germany

Soon after that we took the train to Freilassing in Bayern, Germany, only a few minutes away from Salzburg. As we were tight on schedule (a second match was set up later that day), we already warmed up a little bit in the train – still in Austria. This was the first time we warmed up for a squash match in a country different from the one we played the match. Kinda cool. Actual game. Kinda cool.

We walked from the Freilassing train station to the Sportpark Freilassing and went straight on court. I felt good after a quite long pause and the training on Monday with Peter where we played on the same level. And going into the first game of the Squash World Tour 2019 season, this balance reflected in none of us being able to gain a significant lead. The level of play was high. In the tiebreak however #teamyellow had the longer breath and took the game 13:11.

I still felt good going into the second game, feeling physically fine and on the well maintained court in weird colors there was no significant nick visible – which is always a good thing when playing #teamyellow! And so the battle continued and again Peter was able take the game – this time 11:9.

Now while still feeling good physically, #teamorange was cornered and I had to attack more. Unfortunately, this didn’t pay off either as #teamyellow also secured the third close game with 11:9.

Let’s go on the glass court!

Germany seems not to be a good soil for me, as I lost our match in Berlin in 2017 in straight games as well. I felt like the glass court match later on that day would be quite favorable for me as I was still feeling great and was quick on the feet! Plus there is my perfect score on glass courts of course – I won in Vienna and Graz!

#teamyellow wins on home ground

The Wiener Squash Rackets Verband, WSRV (Viennese Squash Rackets Federation) asked us to visit all squash courts in Vienna. We named this special the WSRV – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition. After our matches we are rating the clubs in 5 categories: booking, reachability, facilities, court and price.

 

The second to last squash venue is the home training ground of #teamyellow: C19 in Heiligenstadt. So I knew it would be a tough game here, even after winning 3-0 at Floridsdorf.

I arrived extra early, put on a new grip band and warmed up to be prepared the best I can.

Entering the club it was obvious that there is much more activity on the courts than at most of our previous venues. We had reserved one of the upper courts – with a classic front wall.

We started as usual with our warm-up game and #teamyellow was pleased with the conditions on the court: no sliding, good lighting and what was fine for me: a small nick.

#teamorange taking off

And I started well into the game, after a few minutes I was already leading 5-1. I read #teamyellow’s shots very well and was able to surprise him a few times. But that changed quickly, as #teamyellow won the serve, he was hard to beat, dominating the rallies from the serve on. For some reason I was not able to get the necessary length into my shots and I risked too much, so Peter took the first game 11-6.

I didn’t leave the court, played a few balls to get back my touch – and it paid off! I made the first point already and at my serve 9 followed to a convincing 10-0 lead. I let down my guard a little bit, but finished off with 11-3. I earned a little rest.

The third and fourth game became a battle, while #teamyellow picked up a few “impossible” balls, I started to play some not so smart shots, and all my running was not enough. #teamyellow took the games 11-9 and 11-8 respectively to conclude a 3-1 victory.

I know what I have to do

In retrospect, I see that I can win if I play concentrated and tactically smart. When I serve I can dominate the rallies. And again I saw how important it is to be able to play good drop shots.

I am looking forward to our last match of the Vienna Edition at Sportpark Süßenbrunn and to a short break afterwards to refresh the energy tanks.

Our rating

Booking: Online booking for registered users. But the availability can be checked online for everyone. Also booking via phone for any time in advance is possible. 4,5/5 stars.

Reachability: U4 or railway station Heiligenstad, from there 5 minutes walk. 3,5/5 stars.

Facilities: A bit outdated but functional. The atmosphere is cosy. There is shop, a bar, where food is served as well. 4,5/5 stars.

Court: The courts are in perfect condition. Courts 1 & 2 have classic walls, 3 & 4 wooden front walls. The floors are the best in Vienna, the nick is small. The LED lighting is great as well. 5/5 stars.

Price: We usually compare the price in the evening on weekdays where it’s more expensive in the most places. At C19 the more expensive time (€24,-) lasts only from 5-8 pm and only on weekdays. At all other times it’s €16,- and there are discounts for students. That’s why we award 4/5 stars.

RESULT

4,5 stars for C19!

Website: www.c19.at, Phone number for booking: +43 1 3702172

#teamorange still looking for his mojo

In cooperation with the Viennese Squash Federation, the Wiener Squash Rackets Verband, WSRV we are testing all squash courts in Vienna. The series is called the WSRV – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition. We are rating the clubs in five categories: booking, reachability, facilities, court, price to bring you value!

Squash in Alt Erlaa
© Renate Schwarzmüller

As I had to work late and underestimated the walking time from the subway station to the squash courts of Club Danube Alt Erlaa (and Google Maps first sent me to the wrong entrance), I arrived a bit late while #teamyellow and the media team were already preparing for the match. But my mission is clear – although the Squash World Tour Vienna Edition is lost – I have to get back my Mojo!

After some warming up – which, to my enjoyment, we extended a little bit – our match began with #teamyellow serving.

I changed my tactics compared to the last matches and tried to take more risky shots, especially more drops. The idea was, to make the winner of the Vienna Edition run for every point while #teamorange can dominate the rallies, which should at least pay off in the last games when he gets tired.

#teamorange dominating

It worked better than expected. While #teamyellow definitely improved on his serve, a lot of my risky drop shots took him by surprise and while he could reach quite a few of them, I was able to dominate the rallies and take the first high quality game 11-7.

I was feeling so fine, I didn’t even leave the court for the break. I was ready for the next game. And it was beautiful. While everything worked for me, nothing seemed to work for #teamyellow and I could take the game in a convincing manner 11-4.

And again, I was feeling great afterwards, didn’t take the break and waited for Peter to come back and finish him.

#teamyellow constantly hitting the nick

But it seems like he found some good drugs (considered innocent until proven guilty) and the tables turned very quickly. Now everything seemed to work for #teamyellow. The serve was nasty, he hit the nick consistently and I was just running like an idiot – missing a few shots I had to make. He took the game 11-4.

Now #teamyellow was on fire, but I wasn’t here just for fun either. The fourth game was really intense, I made fewer mistakes, but Peter continued to serve well, hit the nick and in general had a great length in his shots. Because I could read his shots better, some really good rallies ensued. In the end though, #teamyellow could take the game 11-6.

Giving away a 9-4-lead in the final game!

Before the final game #teamorange also took a nice break to get back the energy for a tough fight. With a concentrated start, I could take an early lead and could extend it with my serve to as much as 9-4. But #teamyellow didn’t give up and with a few great serves and drop shots, he could first equalize and then take the game 11-9.

As this is of course disappointing to lose after being so close to the first win in centuries, I feel confident again to be able to play on par with #teamyellow and hope that the luck will return soon. #teamorange will get back his Mojo!

© Renate Schwarzmüller

Our rating

Booking: Is only possible via phone, no online-booking. On the website you can find out if there are free courts. 3 of 5 stars.

Reachability: It takes some time with the U6 to Alt Erlaa. From there it’s a 6 minute walk. 3 of 5 stars.

Facilities: Currently the center is under construction. We have been told that the squash courts are closing at the end of May 2019. Therefore we abstain this category.  

Court: The walls are in good shape, the floor as well. The lighting is okay. There are glass back walls on all courts. Only point of criticism is the huge nick. “That’s the thing bothering me the most on a squash court”, says #teamorange. Our compromise ranking therefore is 3,5 of 5 stars.

Price: 24 Euro for one hour of squash is the same price as the other Club Danube venues in Erdberg and Ottakring. As we always consider the cost-benefit-ratio, we award 2,5 of 5 stars to CD Alt Erlaa.

RESULT

3 stars for Club Danube Alt Erlaa!

Website: www.clubdanube.at , Phone number for booking: +43 1 662 66 66

#teamorange wins in Simmering

As we announced on our social media channels, we are cooperating with the Viennese Squash Federation, the Wiener Squash Rackets Verband, WSRV. Their leader board asked us to play all courts in Vienna to show the squash-community in Vienna where to go. So we came up with the idea of the WSRV – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition. As we want to provide value, we are going to rate all the clubs in five categories: booking, reachability, facilities, court, price.

Our first battleground of 2019 was chosen to be the FITcom fitness club in Simmering, at the outskirts of Vienna. After a week of intensive endurance training in Gran Canaria  #teamorange was ready for the first battle on the Squash World Tour 2019. Perfectly prepared I showed up 20 minutes earlier to inspect the court and warm up. 

Squash World Tour Simmering
#teamorange happy – photo by Michele Agostinis

Some 10 minutes before the game #teamyellow showed up, spotting me on court already. Confusion on his and the media teams faces.

Before starting we celebrated a belated Christmas: the guys from my-squash.com sent us brand new material to test out! It was all there: strings, grips as well as big sports bags and new rackets sponsored by Dunlop! Thanks guys!

my-squash.com
New equipment by my-squash.com & Dunlop – photo by Michele Agostinis

After our 10 warm up points (9-1 #teamorange) our 4th match of the WSRV – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition began. It started great, I received well and managed to dominate the rallies, making Peter run for every point. He didn’t play as precise as usual, allowing me to pick up most of his drop shots and so I won the first game 11-8.

Thats the way to start the new year! And I continued strong: dominating the rallies, leading 8-4, when suddenly nothing worked anymore… Hitting the tin twice and a few nicks by #teamyellow meant turning the tables, securing him the game 11-8. I was disappointed with my performance and angry at myself for giving away the game too easily. Mainly because I know how much it means mentally to be 2-0 ahead or 0-2 behind.

Anyways, I had to refocus. But #teamyellow was keeping up now. I still dominated the rallies, but also made some mistakes and so a close game went into the tiebreak. Which I won with a little bit of luck 13-11. This helped a lot.

And basically the same pattern continued, and again I won the tiebreak 12-10.

Finally, my first victory on the Vienna Edition!

Knowing that #teamyellow always forgets things and steals shampoo from little children (read more about that), I organized also a little Christmas present for him.

Squash Shower Gel

Our rating

Booking: Our e-mail was ignored. After some days we called and were told, that booking is only possible via phone – but only for the current week. We had to call on Monday to book the court for Tuesday. 1 of 5 stars. 

ReachabilityU3 last stop Simmering plus 10min walk or 1 tram station. 2,5 of 5 stars.

Facilities: It’s basically a fitness club build in a former squash club. There is a sauna (which we didn’t test) and a bar with friendly stuff. There is no food served and no squash shop. 4 of 5 stars.

Court: The one remaining squash court is in really good condition: a classic wall, a small nick, glass back wall. The lines on the floor are a bit improvised and the light could be brighter. 4 of 5 stars.

Price: 19,20 Euro for one hour of squash is a bit cheaper than in other clubs in Vienna. And they have a great deal for fitness members (21,90 per month): unlimited access to the squash court! That’s worth 4 of 5 stars for us!

RESULT

3 stars for FITcom!

Website: FITcom, Phone number for booking: +4317683757

#teamyellow succeeds in epic year end fight

As we announced on our social media channels, we are cooperating with the Viennese Squash Federation, the Wiener Squash Rackets Verband, WSRV. Their leader board asked us to play all courts in Vienna to show the squash-community in Vienna where to go. So we came up with the idea of the WSRV – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition. As we want to provide value, we are going to rate all the clubs in five categories: booking, reachability, facilities, court, price.

#teamorange desperate

Recently we had two exhibitions: one against Lukas Windischberger (where we got our asses whipped) and one against our fans at the Merry Squash-MAS event. It felt good to compete again once more against good old #teamyellow in the last WSRV – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition match of the year 2018! 

Such a close call

Our location this time was the City & Country Club Wienerberg where we booked a late night session. #teamyellow started ferociously, but after a big lead I managed to get closer. Peter’s service and returns were too strong in the end. He took the first game 11-7.

But I didn’t come here for a tea party. I was prepared to fight till the end. And so the second game started out on an equal level. At 7-7 Peter managed to get a 9-7 lead – a mentally tough situation for me. I put all my skills and energy in those 4 points and managed to get away with a 11-9 game.

That was important! But I had given a little bit too much. Although I didn’t have the power from game 2, I somehow managed to get to 9-9. But this time, #teamyellow took the game 11-9 in the end. Close call again…

Best game we ever played

Out of nothing comes the 4th game. Honestly, it was the best game we ever played! Very few mistakes, high quality shots, long rallies. It had everything. I was in the flow – so I only remember that it felt really good and I had the touch and the legs were moving on their own. In the end it was a close 11-9 for #teamorange.

At 2-2 after the best game ever, it was difficult to remain concentrated. It was a long day already. But the quality of the rallies dropped only slightly, a few little mistakes here and there. #teamyellow being the more consistent, took this game again 11:9 and with it the game and an astonishing 3:0 lead on the Vienna Edition.

All I can say: I’ll be back!

Our rating

Booking: Online via Eversports with check of availability and online payment, or booking via phone. 5 of 5 stars.

Reachability: Reachable via U6 Tscherttegasse and 12 minute walk or Badner Bahn or Bus 16A and 10 minutes walk. One advantage if you have a car: free parking is available. 2,5 of 5 stars.

Facilities: A Shop to buy equipment, a decent restaurant and a sauna. Nothing to add here. 5 of 5 stars.

Court: The quality of the 5 courts varies: courts 3 & 4 have a new (plywood panel front) walls and glass back walls. If you can, chose court 4 – it’s the best! The floor on on most courts is in good shape, it’s clean and the nick is small. Because of the differing courts we award 4 of 5 stars.

Price: 20 Euro for one hour of squash is reasonable but not a steal in our opinion. 3 of 5 stars.

RESULT

4 stars for City & Country Club Wienerberg!

Website: www.cityandcountry.at, Phone number for booking: +431 66123

 

Vienna Edition: #teamyellow wins again

As we announced on our social media channels, we are cooperating with the Viennese Squash Federation, the Wiener Squash Rackets Verband, WSRV. Their leader board asked us to play all courts in Vienna to show the squash-community in Vienna where to go. So we came up with the idea of the WSRV – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition. As we want to provide value, we are going to rate all the clubs in five categories: booking, reachability, facilities, court, price.

The second match of the WSRV – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition marks the return to where our squash career started about 10 years ago. Back in the days at a Racketlon tournament at Tennis Point Vienna we discovered our passion for the game of squash. Thanks to an invitation by the organizers of the 12th Austrian Open in Racketlon, we had a familiar setting. Great memories!

I knew what to do

Entering the facility I saw a beautiful short (with orange design elements of course) which I simply had to buy! And because I forgot mine at home…

The crowd was huge, as the best Racketlon players in the world participated in the tournament today, World number 1 Christine Seehofer, European Champion Rav Rykowski and many more. The later runner up Luka Penttinen made us wait, as he took some extra time on the squash court. But after a short delay we started our match. I won our warm up game, so I had the privilege to serve and tried to use it right away – with little luck. #teamyellow took training lessons on Monday and he was prepared for everything. I had watched a lot of squash videos, so I knew exactly what to do. Unfortunately, knowing what to do without having the abilities proofed to be not enough.

Tough conditions

After being 0-5 behind, advancing 6-5 through a lot of running and sliding (due to the slippery court), I could hold the game open quite some wile, but in the end Peter took the first game 12-10. He also started great into the second game, hitting the nick a few times. It was a demonstration of his skills and soon #teamyellow took the game 11-5.

During the break I took the time to readjust my brand new shoes, the Eye Rackets S-Line Squash Shoes, which My-Squash thankfully provided. Besides the great color match to my outfit, they were comfortable. But it was a big mistake to use them right away in a Squash World Tour battle. Again, something to learn from #teamyellow who did that in his training session earlier this week.

2-0 overall lead for #teamyellow

Peter also played well in the third game. I started to get a better touch now and could also surprise him a few times. I saw he got tired. But in a few critical moments he was able to play shots with great length, hitting the knick or making me run for every ball after.

In the end I also missed some chances to make the point – I was simply not at my best today. #teamyellow took the close game 11-9 and thus won the second match of the WSRV Squash World Tour Vienna Edition 3-0, giving him a 2-0 overall lead.

Our rating

BookingOnline via Eversports with check of availability and online payment, or booking via phone. 5 of 5 stars.

ReachabilityErdberg is easily reached from the city center, from there it’s an 8 minute walk. Nice warm up. 3,5 of 5 stars.

FacilitiesA Shop to buy equipment, a decent restaurant and a sauna. Nothing to add here. 5 of 5 stars.

CourtSlippery and a huge nick. And on the so called centre court there are some bumps and loose panels. Walls (back walls all glass) and tin however are in good condition. 2,5 of 5 stars.

Price20 Euro for one hour of squash is reasonable but not a steal in our opinion. 3 of 5 stars.

RESULT

4 stars for Tennis Point Vienna!

Website: www.tennispoint.at , booking-link (Eversports), Phone number for booking: +431 79 999 97

#teamorange extends streak in Győr

To be honest, I just wanted to relax and chill this weekend on Viennas beloved Donauinsel. A great place to lose some of my Austrian paleness, read a book and periodically enjoy the fresh water to cool down. Just in case you can grab an ice cream or a cold Radler…

Too many social events took place the last couple of weeks, and, more importantly, no training at all. My precious 2:1 lead is at stake. Should I risk it and sit in a train instead of laying on Donauinsel?

But #teamyellow has other plans. He went home early from yesterdays wedding of a friend to be ready for the showdown today. How pathetical… After some back and forth the decision is final: we are heading to beautiful Győr! Never heard of it? It’s the closest city in Hungary which offers a squash court.

The train ride already was a small adventure . It wasn’t easy to get a free seat and so we had to split up. Arriving in Győr, we found a wonderful small city. Especially wonderful because our #sightsquashing location (the local town hall) and the squash court were only a few hundred meters from the railway station.

Sightsquashing at the Győr townhall
Warming up in front of the Győr Townhall

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After the #sightsquashing we aimed to our squash court location. And what a location it was!

Entrance room of the Hotel/Squash Club
Chilling right before the match at the Hotel/Squash Club

The Golden Ball Club is beautiful hotel with great squash courts in the cellar! And we paid only € 6,50 for the whole hour of our battle!

Let’s play!

Finally, the battle is on. I had the right to start the match – and bang 0:1. Due to the high temperatures and the perfect squash court floor, the ball bounced pretty high and therefore the rallies got pretty long. It was an intense game with high quality points by both players. Eventually, after saving two game points of #teamorange, Peter takes the first game 13-11.

Good start for #teamyellow
Good start for #teamyellow

The heat made it really tough for two intense sweaters as we are. We couldn’t keep up with fluid intake and suffered a lot. Seemingly, #teamyellow suffered more and after the battle in the first game, he gave away game two with a lot of mistakes 4:11.

But equalizing was not enough for #teamorange today. With some battle, I managed to take the lead after winning the third game 11:8. I have to mention, that #teamyellow showed great sportsmanship in all close situations. One of those where I missed a shot because I touched Peter with my racket in my backswing.

The fourth game was a big fight again. Peter lead 10:8 already but I could manage to fight back, with match point at 11:10 for #teamorange. But #teamyellow wasn’t giving up and with nice shots he again took the close game with 13:11.

A bit tired and sweaty
A bit tired and sweaty

One could see the effect of the last 4 games on the first glance when looking at us. But the battle wasn’t over yet! One more game to find out who still had it in him!

I started out great. leading 5-1, playing aggressively and varying my serve, moving #teamyellow from corner to corner and waiting for his tiredness to take effect. And there it was: a 10:4 lead!

I thought, let’s end it in style – bad idea!

A service error lead to 10:5 and when serving himself, #teamyellow put up a lot of pressure and suddenly found the wall and the corners. I was getting nervous. At 10:8 I managed to get a good return and an open fight evolved. Neither of us was in the mood for presents. But the heat and the long rallies had taken their toll and finally Peter made an error and we both were happy that the fight had an end.

It’s over!

The final score

#teamorange wins 3:2 (11:13, 11:4, 11:8, 11:13, 11:8) 

It’s 3:1 on the Squash World Tour 2018 for me now. The highest lead ever by any player in a given year! #teamorange is on a streak of 3 consecutive wins!

Give me the trophy!

To celebrate, we went to a nice restaurant in the area, the most expensive one (as #teamyellow has to pay). And after a nice salad for all of us – including our social media crew – I ordered my ice cream/winner trophy.

Trophy for #teamorange
Trophy for #teamorange

It was a real pleasure here in Hungary! Kisses to my supporters out there :*

#teamorange wins in Graz and takes the lead

Having brought just one orange shirt for three matches on the Squash World Tour 2018 with me, first of all I had to get creative. Drying it on the car seats while drinking coffee in the Luft Bar in Maribor didn’t work and the whole car was smelling by now. Even the perfume of my awesome fan support didn’t help much… Sorry!
Fortunately there is a horizontally closing window in this bus which I used to tuck in the shirt.

In Graz our first stop was the outdoors warm up at Kunsthalle. I got not-so-nice feedback for our groups’ smell from some strangers. So I took the painful decision to wear my red shirt for the match, out of fairness for #teamyellow.
Our squash location of choice (and of a lot of strong players apparently) was the Squash Dome. They provide the only permanent glass court in Austria, actually it’s the one we played in Vienna last year, reassembled. So I had good memories and physically I felt better than ever. At least better than #teamyellow looked like 🙂 two intense matches had left some scars…

 

 

The glass court allows for a different style of play, the ball bounces less off the wall, making the strokes shorter, but it bounces more off the ground. So naturally the rallies became longer and more intense. A battle for body and mind. Epic!Squash World Tour Graz

In the first game nobody could establish a clear lead. I honestly can’t remember if or how many game points I had, but #teamyellow finally took the game 15:13, celebrating it with a loud roar.

The longer rallies and shorter strokes also lead to an increase of lets and strokes and some heated discussions around them. Fortunately we had our video referee – but it was still not always easy to agree.
The second game was as close as the first one, Peter had a 10:9 lead, but this time #teamorange fought back, took the game 12:10 and equalized in games.
More heated arguments and really nice rallies also attracted a small crowd, while we fought for the third game. Again #teamyellow had 2 game points. Again #teamorange fought back and took the game 14:12.

Squash World Tour Graz Squash Dome

Now being on fire, I started pretty well into the 4th game, culminating in a 10:7 lead. Somehow though, #teamyellow didn’t think it was over and once again mobilized his last power reserves. He equalized 10:10 and then had game point at 12:11. Again this proofed to not be enough to beat #teamorange. I took the game 15:13 and with it the match and a 2:1 lead on the Squash World Tour 2018.
Detail: #teamorange prolonged his victory streak on glass courts and remains unbeaten!
After the intense battle a local #teamorange supporter asked for a little battle. Of course it’s not possible to say no, even though I was done. To make it short: #teamorange beats #teamorange.

Squash World Tour Graz Squash Dome

Usually I don’t report stories from the locker room. But in this case I have to. #teamyellow refused the (yellow) shower gel offered by #teamorange to use some shampoo (for kids) he found 3 showers further.
While putting on our clothes a kid comes in, desperately searching for something. He quickly realized somebody had used his shampoo and was really frustrated, shouting the news at his father. Rightly so! #teamyellow clearly overstepped the boundary 😉
To celebrate the victory in the healthiest way possible, we had our dinner at a vegan restaurant – the price didn’t matter to me today 😉
Vegan Dinner Graz
I want to thank Yuliya for her support, organizing the local fans to support team orange. Furthermore, #teamyellow organized this trip perfectly and I want also to thank Honey Badger for the awesome social media work she did!

 

Bad preparation in Zagreb – #teamyellow wins

The first stop of the Squash World Tour in 2018  was Zagreb, Croatia. Unfortunately, it is a  little too far to cycle there (besides, the strategy didn’t work for Bratislava either…), so we decided to rent a car. Since interest in the squash world tour is (understandably) on the rise among the general public, we had to take a small bus to take our fans and social media team with us.

We were driving the big bus and feeling really important. I don’t want to bore you, so let me just say it was a relaxing drive with a lot of eating involved…

Joel eats

Fast forward to Zagreb where I wake up in the car in the parking lot (once again a short night the day before), and we enter the squash center half an hour early. We go to the dressing room and pretty quickly I realize I forgot my shoes #teamorange #messup. Well, that’s embarrassing, even lack of sleep cannot be used as an excuse in such a case.

No shoes

So basically I am in panic mode now. Luckily one of our numerous (two) travel companions had a similar shoe size and was wearing casual sports shoes – salvation! That should be sufficient to beat #teamyellow after a refreshing sleep!

#teamorange not really present

For some reason Peter started his warm-up routine about 15 minutes before our game was scheduled. I used the time to zone out a little…

Zoning in proofed to be difficult though. Basically I shouldn’t write about the match at all, as I was only physically present. I remember walking out after an inglorious first game #teamyellow took with 11:6. I was exhausted, already broken and nothing seemed to work. But then, the surprise, even for me – apparently I had been able to wake up somehow!. The second game worked perfectly for me, I was able to build up pressure and avoid silly mistakes. The result: #teamorange takes the second game 11:3 and the score is 1:1. Hope! More exhaustion!

Zagreb Squash Action

Unfortunately I don’t remember much about the 3rd and 4th game. I remember a lot of easy mistakes, #teamyellow being focused and having the necessary length in his strokes, the better serve and better drop shots. #teamyellow won the third and fourth game and the match with a total score of 3:1 (11:6, 3:11, 11:5, 11:6).

After Match Dinner

By now, it is starting to get expensive to pay for all the meals. I mean, the burgers and cevapcici were great and pretty cheap for Austrian standards. But these costs have to end! Today I will sleep, tomorrow is time for revenge!

Find more pictures from Zagreb on our Facebook page!

No chance for #teamorange in Berlin

So we decided that the third stop of the Squash World Tour should be Berlin – Germany, since our media team for the first stop (Peter’s girlfriend) had some Roller Derby business there and Peter decided to join her.
I had never been to Berlin before and only heard good things – so it was an easy choice.

After leaving work in the early afternoon with beautiful sunshine I hopped on the plane for an easy 1:30h flight to rainy Berlin. Forgot my jacket. Damn.

#teamyellow kept me busy

Already being a little sick and having some muscle ache after dragon-boat racing the prior evening resulted in me getting sick that evening.
Peter had been in Berlin since the morning and I had to find them at some obscure place on the other end of Berlin,  dragging  my luggage on a rainy day with only my shirt on.

But I couldn’t show any weakness. So we went from one place to another, having some original Asian food, taking pictures of the television tower in the rain, shopping in a futuristic sports outlet (btw, if the guy working there reads this: Thanks for telling the girls the store closes in 2 minutes! Best bro ever!).

On Saturday the weather remained bad and I bought a jacket and tried to save energy during sight seeing. I had to be at my best to get the lead on the Squash World Tour.

Peter and the media team seemed to sense this weakness and carried us from one obscure place to another. This continued on Sunday when I already felt better after a good 9 hours of sleep.

Somehow they found the coffee shops farthest away from any station one can imagine – passing a lot of nice other coffee shops on the way just to end up at a “special” one – where the coffee tasted just like in any other place I have been.

Anyways, after 50 kilometers of walking through Berlin, we finally made it to the Squash center near the airport – it’s called Airport Squash & Fitness.
We played a game to warm up and I felt good. Peter seemed a little bit slow and I took the unfortunately unofficial game 11-6.

No mistakes

But it was not all he had in him. He immediately changed when we started our competition and Peter’s strokes became more powerful. I managed a small lead at 3-2 in the first game, and then he began with a furious serve-series where I made easy errors and never could get the lead in a rally. #teamyellow took advantage of the situation masterfully – not making a single mistake. I had no chance. He took the game 11-3.

I knew I had to risk more at the return of serve. So I tried. But today seemed not to be my day. 5 easy mistakes gave Peter a 5-0 lead in the beginning of game two – crucial for that game, as it turned out. I began to get some feeling for the ball and managed to keep up with Peter at the time, but the lead turned out too high and he took the game 11-6.

Being down 2-0 is not easy mentally, but I had to try my best. Still having trouble with Peter’s service he now also had some lucky strokes, where the ball hit the corner exactly and bounced off unpredictably,  or he hit it with the edge resulting in a perfect drop. And again – this made all the difference and in a (for me) frustrating manner, Peter also took the third game 11-6.

It was time to go home. I have to acknowledge that his serve and backhand were too strong for me today and on the fast court, my running performance was not enough to compensate for my weak strokes. I know what I have to work on – so be prepared for a beating next time #teamyellow.