#teamyellow needs one more win

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 sixth WSRV – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition match took place at Postsportverein Wien in the 17th district of Vienna. We both were curious about the venue because it’s close to our homes. Even though I played tennis at a club right around the corner of the squash hall in my junior years, I have never checked out the squash courts. For both of us it was unknown territory.

It’s all about the right coins

I arrived on time and found out that a particular coin was needed for the lockers in the dressing room: 10 Schillings (former Austrian currency until 2001). Then I checked out the court: There was a coin box with special coins for lighting. Unfortunately I did not have either of these coins on me. Luckily the groundkeeper showed up and sold us the lighting-coins – I did not ask him about the Schilling-lockers…

Hard life at Postsportverein

The dressing room was covered with red clay because mainly tennis players change here. While the tennis courts have heating, the squash courts do not. Joel went straight on court to get started. It took time to get warmed up there – for us and for the ball as well.  First we thought the low bounce is caused by the low temperatures, but we quickly found out that the floor was the reason. I think that there is no substructure underneath the wooden panels. Not ideal for someone with knee issues like #teamyellow

Anyways – our game began and because our 10 warmup points did not do the trick warming us up, we started a bit rusty. The low ball bounce and the slippery floor favored playing drop shots – and thats how I won the big points in game 1 and 2 to take a 2-0 lead (11-8, 12-10). #teamorange was desperate as every drop I played seemed to work out just the way I anticipated.

In game 3 #teamorange several times caught me on the wrong foot. And he seemed to have adapted his footwork as my drops where not as effective anymore. Joel won the game 11-8 – a flattering result for #teamyellow as I could not keep up in this one. After a short break I went back on court – focussed again. I played 4 huge points in a row finishing all of them with beautiful drop shots. “Even Aqeel Rehman couldn’t get to them”, Joel concluded. I was on fire, everything I tried worked out: 11-4!

One more to go

It’s my fifth win in the sixth Vienna Edition encounter and #teamyellow is now 5-1 in the lead! As there are only 5 squash courts (we know about) left to play in Vienna, #teamyellow needs only one more victory to win the Wiener Squash Rackets Verband – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition!

Our rating

Booking: Booking is available via phone and mail. On weekdays during opening hours requests via a contact form are answered as well. The stuff wrote back fast and polite. But there is no information about the availability. 2,5 of 5 stars.

Reachability: We live close to the venue – for both of us it takes about 15 minutes to get there. Considering that you have to take the tram 43 (stop Rosensteingasse) to get there, we award 3 of 5 stars.

Facilities: The dressing room was covered with clay and a bit outdated. A restaurant is close (Saunastüberl) and the name of the Restaurant suggests that there is a sauna as well. 2,5 of 5 stars.

Court: One of the two court has a glass back wall, the second has 2/3 of a glass back wall. The lighting is good. The plastered walls are peeling. The floor is slippery and hard, we think that there is no substructure underneath the wooden panels. But the nick is small. One issue only #teamyellow had: the temperature was way too low! Our compromise ranking as our impressions varie: 3 of 5 stars.

Price: 16 Euro for one hour of squash is the best deal you can get in Vienna! 5 of 5 stars!

RESULT

3 stars for Postsportverein Wien!

Website: www.postsv-wien.at , Phone number for booking: +43 1 486 23 23 – 0

Testing the echo/2XP Squash Ball Buffer

Today we are testing a tool to refurbish used squash balls:  echo/2XP. We want to thank echosquash.com for providing the product for the test.

Test 2: Squash Ball Buffer

The echo/2XP is a tool to buff worn squash balls to extend the ball’s lifespan. Basically you are rubbing off a very small layer of the surface to bring back the grip to the ball. Generally speaking we like the concept of repairing things over just buying new ones – that’s why we gave it a try! The second version of the product, made in USA, is now available in Europe for about €45,-.

Find out how it works, check out our video:

We think the echo/2XP is a useful tool to refurbish squash balls. It definitely extends the playability of squash balls by removing the slick surface of used balls! Theoretically the process can be repeated multiple times, but keep in mind that the product only improves the outer shell of the ball.

 

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#teamyellow almost gives away 2-0 lead

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 fifth match of the WSRV Squash World Tour Vienna Edition took place at the biggest squash club in Vienna: Club Danube Erdberg. The venue offers 15 squash courts, all with glass back walls and regular side and front walls. It’s also home of the Austrian Squash Federation.

I arrived a bit early to prepare better than the last time when #teamorange could claim his first Vienna Edition victory. To my surprise most of the 15 courts were booked – squash is quite popular in Vienna!

As the temperatures in the Austrian capital currently are quite low, I did some footwork exercises to warm up properly as well as some squats and sprints. I wanted to reach operating temperature before my adversary arrived.

Having some fun

Joel entered the court and after a short chat about the Birdbox Movie on Netflix, we decided spontaneously to try to hit some balls blindfolded. Check out our video we started the #squashbirdboxchallenge with.

After that we went back to business, as we had some games to play and a club to rate!

The match

Right from the start it was a very close race. None of us could gain a significant lead, after being 8-7 up, #teamyellow could secure a 11-8 in the opening game. In game two we both were able to maintain the high level – several awesome rallies amazed us as well as our crew. Again it was #teamyellow who took the game 11-9.

Being 2-0 games up made me almost forget about the missing chair and the wet carpet I was sitting on during the break. I was sure that the night was going to end with a demoralizing 3-0 victory for #teamyellow against #teamorange.

Unfortunately #teamorange wasn’t ready to lose – yet… Joel surprised me with a brilliant start and a 5-1 lead. His commitment to fight for every ball gave me a hard time. Although I had my chances and I had my fire back, I wasn’t able to catch up and therefore lost the game 5-11.

Game 4 began. I was sweating so hard that my goggles misted up all the time. My game plan was not really working, as I planned to keep the rallies shorter. A bit distracted I moved poorly and caused a collision with Joel which made it hard for me to breath. And on top of all that my grip became so slippery that I couldn’t hold my racket properly anymore. Nevertheless I had my chances. I thought I could secure the game, but the goddess of squash obviously had other plans for me tonight.

#teamorange stayed on court while I took my time during the final break to regrip my racket, change my shirt and focus one more time – this is me focused (some would say exhausted):

We asked the community if #teamyellow still has a chance – later I found out that unbelievable 50% believed in me (and no, my mum didn’t vote for me)! Additional note: Before the match 60% thought that #teamorange was gonna make it…

In the final game an incredible run secured me the 6-2 and later a 9-3 lead. Still Joel was not giving up and the long rallies continued. Ultimately I won 2 more points securing a 3-2 (11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 8-11, 11-3) win and a total lead of 4:1 at the Vienna Edition.

Our rating

Booking: Is only possible via phone, no online-booking. On the website you can find out if there are free courts. As there are 15 squash courts, chances are high that you will be able to play whenever you just come over – even without a reservation. That’s why we award 4 of 5 stars.

Reachability: The underground line U3 is stopping in front of the venue; six stops from the city centre. Only if there was a court right underneath St. Steven’s Cathedral it would be more central. 5 of 5 stars.

Facilities: It’s nice, clean, spacious, the stuff is friendly, there is a sauna, other sports facilities and a restaurant with a lot of traditional dishes on the menu. And of course the 15 squash courts are impressive! 5 stars!

Court: We both liked the court (No. 11). As Erdberg is Joel’s training venue, he played on several courts and was never disappointed. There are glass-back-walls on all 15 courts. The side- and front-walls are of traditional material and still in good shape. The floors are clean and the nick is small. The lightning is also excellent. For the first time we award 5 of 5 stars.

Price: 24 Euro for one hour of squash in our opinion is a reasonable price for the quality of the courts. Considering the cost-benefit-ratio, we award 3 of 5 stars.

RESULT

4,5 stars for Club Danube Erdberg!

Website: www.clubdanube.at , Phone number for booking: +431 79 88 400

Squash Ball Test

We are starting the new year 2019 with a brand new section: product tests! Thanks to our partnership with the squash shop of our trust, my-squash.com we are able to test different products and share our experience with you! First we wanted to do a squash ball test!

Test 1: Squash Ball Test

We tested 5 balls (yellow double dot) of different brands: Dunlop, Karakal, Prince, Tecnifibre, Victor. We played one game with each ball and ranked the balls afterwards.

Read the whole article on my-squash.com

We asked the squash community about heir favorite squash ball – the result was unambiguously:

What's your favorite squash ball

Our opinion

We do agree that the Dunlop ball is a very good ball! But our favorite was another one! Find out more about our squash ball test and which ball we liked best:

Read the whole article on my-squash.com

Here some rallies from our squash ball test

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Our first Squash Event in Vienna

Recently Joel #teamorange and myself #teamyellow could host our first event for friends and fans of the Squash World Tour. Via social media many sports enthusiasts applied, thanks to Eversports and Tennis Point Vienna we had the chance to invite over a dozen people to play squash!

We could attract a group of squash-rookies for our squash event at Tennis Point Vienna in Erdberg, where the club provided two squash courts for two hours. Splitting up the group was easy, as the majority of our followers wore their orange or yellow shirt! After explaining the rules, we grabbed our rackets and started with some easy exercises.

Best practice for beginners

Our favorite exercise for beginners: Start about 1,5 meters away from the front wall. Use your racket to play the ball against the front wall – gently! Move back step by step without stopping the ball until you reach the service box. If there are more players on one court, split up the court in the middle, let two players begin simultaneously and when the first player reaches the service box, another player starts at the front wall. For variation change sides after reaching the service box on one site.

About squash balls

The choice of the right squash ball is fundamental! A squash ball is made of two pieces of rubber compound, with a drop of liquid gas inside. Squash balls must be hit some dozens of times to warm them up. Cold balls have a low bounce. There are different types of balls, all marked with dots on each ball: blue, red, yellow, double yellow. The fastest ball is the blue ball (blue dot). It has the highest bounce and therefore is easiest to hit. The blue ball is best suited for beginners and juniors. We however recommend to start with the red ball! When your level of play improves, the blue ball can be hard to control. The red ball is a good choice if you want to use your ball for some time, while the blue ball is not as enjoyable after some hours already. When your level of play improves, change to yellow and later to yellow double dot balls. Just that you know: Yellow double dot balls have the lowest bounce and require a higher skill set.

We tested yellow double dot balls of 5 different brands – find out which one we liked best!

Fans vs. Squash World Tour

After a bit of practice, we were ready to roll! Our fans formed teams of two to face us on court: Their goal was to score combined 11 points against us in two games. Player 1 of each team played game 1 against #teamorange, player 2 played game 2 against #teamyellow. Player 2 started the game 2 with all the points, player 1 had made earlier in game 1. For example: Player 1 scored 3 points against #teamorange in game 1; player 2 started game 2 with a 3-0 lead against #teamyellow. 12 teams gave it all, but our routine paid off: None of the 12 teams could win the challenge… But that wasn’t what the evening was about! It was our goal to spread the enthusiasm for our sport and to motivate people to play squash! And that’s what we accomplished!

Thanks to our friends from Eversports, who made this public event possible, we also had the chance to play against one of the best squash players in Austria: Lukas Windischberger!

Find out how that played out for us!

Squash World Tour vs. Top Player

Joel #teamorange and myself #teamyellow are squash buddies for about 10 years now. In 2017 we started our Squash World Tour – the venues change, but the opponent remains the same. We thought it’s time for a new experience and invited Austria’s number 5 ranked squash player Lukas Windischberger to play an exhibition against us! We would play games against Lukas – while he remains on court, we change for each game and try to score as many points as possible.

 

Thanks to our friends from Eversports, the City & Country Club Wienerberg provided the court for our battle! We like to play at the City & Country Club. No wonder: The facilities are nice, two of their squash courts have been renovated in 2017 and we can book the courts via Eversports! 😉 

 

Read about our WSRV – Squash World Tour – Vienna Edition match at the City & Country Club Wienerberg!

 

And we have some great memories: In 2017 we played our first match on an all-glass show-court at the City & Country Club!

 

Read about our match 2017 in Vienna!

 

Try to stay alive

Before our exhibition we asked our community for advice. Apart from comments like “better don’t play”, or “try to stay alive”, we got some useful tips as well. The best advice was given by the Record Austrian Champion Aqeel Rehman: “Keep the ball away from the middle and stay on court as long as possible!”

We did not know exactly what to expect, because we never faced an opponent of Lukas’ quality. Joel #teamorange was – contrary to his usual habit – 30 minutes early at the venue. In comparison: On our trip to Břeclav he jumped in 30 seconds before the train to the Czech Republic left. Even earlier Lukas arrived at the City & Country Club where he did some footwork exercises.

Lukas Windischberger & Squash World Tour
Lukas Windischberger & Squash World Tour

Squash World Tour takes the lead

We could start right on time. And the Squash World Tour started in the best possible way: #teamorange won the first point with a nick-shot and could even double his point balance during the game. That gave me confidence! #teamyellow as on, and thanks to 2 stroke balls I rushed to a 3-1 lead and a respectable 6-11 game.

After such a start, we were hungry for more! But our hopes that Lukas would get tired, did not come true. Instead we became more tired and less concentrated with every game. I hardly sipped some water after a game and had to go right back in! #teamorange felt the same. Games 9 and 10 we lost 11-1 and 11-0. For the statistic freaks all the results: 11-2, 11-6, 11-3, 11:3, 11:4, 11:2, 11:3, 11:4, 11:1, 11:0.

 

After that we somehow managed it to get to the sauna to give our tired bodies some rest!

Summary

It felt like Lukas was just standing while we ran around in circles on the court. We are not used to this level of intensity! With a lot of effort we could sometimes stay in the rally, but Lukas took advantage of each mistake.

 

We want to thank Lukas for taking the time playing with us! Thank you as well to Eversports and to the City & Country Club for making this event possible by providing the court for our exhibition!

 

That’s what Lukas said:

Your project is helping squash to gain popularity – I like that! But in terms of your skillset there is still a lot to improve. You fight for each point – great! But you have to improve the efficiency of your footwork. Focus on your footwork – you can move much more efficient! Your level of play will improve – gaining the level of the whole Squash World Tour. That could help you gain popularity among better players!

Two winners in Břeclav

As you may have noticed, we have been busy recently playing the Vienna Edition of the Squash World Tour. We are testing all the squash courts in our home town of Vienna in cooperation with the Viennese Squash Federation, the Wiener Squash Rackets Verband. But we managed to schedule our last international match of the year on December 2nd. 

Accurate planing 

I’m still a bit afraid of #teamorange organizing a trip, after he chose to go by bike to Bratislava in 2017. That’s why again I took responsibility and planed another very time efficient trip: Our train leaving at 9:10 am at the main train station in Vienna, arriving at 10:04 in Břeclav. On our way to the squash center we would stop for some #sightsquashing at the Modern St. Wenceslas Church and later head on to the squash center. From 11 to 12 our match was scheduled. Then we would have another hour to shower and get back to the train station where our train back would leave at 12:55, being back at 1:49 pm in Vienna. 

Břeclav has all you need

Looking out for new venues, Břeclav surprised us! The town right behind the Austrian-Czech boarder has only about 25.000 residents. Most would not expect a squash center with two squash courts – but there is one: Squash Relax Sport! They are active on Facebook, offer online booking and are just a 20 minute walk away from the railway station.

#teamorange just on time

As usual: Just before the train to Břeclav left, #teamorange jumped in. Right away he told us why he wasn’t at his best today. I do not recall the reason – but I according to his stories he was never at 100 percent at a Squash World Tour match. However, I was prepared! I am immune to his psycho games…

Arriving in Břeclav we headed to our #sightsquashing location, the Modern St. Wenceslas Church. For the first time we did #sightsquashing in winter – it worked out pretty well! I think that will become a thing! 

After that we went on to the squash center, arriving there about 20 minutes early. „Let’s get in“, I thought – but the door was locked! #teamorange rubbed his hands with satisfaction: „Because you organized the trip, it is your foult that it is closed and therefore I win!“ But only minutes later, the receptionist arrived in her brand new Škoda and opened the door! 

Closed Doors…

Again a good start

The Squash Relax Sport center is really nice, the courts are modern with walls made of wooden panels. A bit different to play than the classic walls we are used to and a bit louder. Because it was quite cold outside – and inside as well – the ball did not jump as high as usual. The floor was also a bit slippery. I adapted well and cruised through the first game, taking it 11-7 with my third game point. Game 2 was similar: I never felt in danger of losing it – even though I could not produce enough length. But my drops worked out fabulous: 11-7!

Imagine #teamyellow having a long game too 🙈 #squashworldtour #squash #squashvideo #squashtv #squashrally

Gepostet von Squash World Tour am Dienstag, 4. Dezember 2018

In game 3 I felt a bit tired and #teamorange smelled it! He knows how to be there on point! It was a close call, but saving only one game point was not enough and I lost 9-11. Game 4 was on the razor’s edge! A beautiful catch earned me a match point – and I only needed one to secure the victory: #teamyellow bt. #teamorange 3-1: 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9. 

Two winners 

After losing three international matches in a row against #teamorange it was my turn again! Unfortunately the international season is over and with only two wins in 2018 I did not manage to repeat my success of 2017 where I won the annual race! Thats why we have two winners today: #teamyellow winner of the last Squash World Tour match 2018 and #teamorange winner of the Squash World Tour 2018 annual race! 

In the end I want to mention the kind gesture of the receptionist who took us by car back to the railway station! Thank you! That’s why I love the squash community so much! 

#teamyellow wins first Vienna Edition match

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.

Something official

We chose the Club Danube Ottakring to be the first Venue of the WSRV Squash World Tour Vienna Edition. It was a conscious decision because before we started our Squash World Tour in 2017, we played our last unofficial match there. And it was also the club of our choice to play some exhibition matches, for example on World Squash Day 2017. We thought: why not do something official here too!?

A yellow day

As always, Joel arrived last at the venue. I was already warmed up, the team was ready too – but #teamorange took his time. He has won the last three matches on the Squash World Tour in a row and was obviously not taking it as serious as usual, I think. Great! On court I had a good touch in our 10 warm up points. I knew today could be my day!

Some first times…

In the first game I was not at 100 percent – yet. Both of us made some terrible errors, I just made more of them. In the end #teamorange took game one! For the first time in Squash World Tour history I lost the opening game 9:11! Fun fact: It didn’t bother me. I stayed calm. I knew, I was dominating the rallies and I knew I just had to keep it up to turn things around. I could see in his eyes, Joel was already thinking about his winning pose. But not today, buddy!

 

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Another premier tonight: we played for the first time with squash goggles! my-squash provided us with awesome squash goggles from Tecnifibre! We both liked them a lot – we got used to it really fast, they didn’t bother us at all. After 1,5 hours of play with us sweating a lot – the goggles only fogged up a little.

Highest point difference ever

In game two things went my way. I played an almost perfect game, shooed #teamorange around and won 11:2 – the highest point difference ever in a Squash World Tour game! Game three started in the same manner: I was 5:0 up, but #teamorange came back and even took a 6:5 lead! It din’t matter to me! I was surprised by my mental stability – I could have dealt with anything at that point. We went into a Tie Break, and after saving a game point I took game three 14:12. The fourth game was close. #teamorange threw everything he had at me. He activated his turbo – ran like crazy and hammered the ball harder than the hole time before. I had to fight for every ball, one dive secured me an important point. Maybe that was too much for my fellow today! After saving another game point at 9:10 down in the fourth, I came through 13:11.

A good win for #teamyellow! I’m happy taking the lead in the WSRV Squash World Tour Vienna Edition! Unfortunately there will be a separate ranking, the annual Squash World Tour ranking will not be effected by the Viennese results.

Our rating

Booking: Is only possible via phone, no online-booking. But on the website you can find out if there are free courts. That’s why we award 3 of 5 stars.

Reachability: The underground line U3 is stopping in front of the center. But it’s far from the city centre. That’s why we award 4,5 of 5 stars.

Facilities: It’s nice, clean, spacious, the stuff is friendly, there is a good restaurant. A solid 5!

Court: The courts are a bit outdated. There are glass-back-walls – very good. The walls (on most courts) are still in good shape. The floors are the problem: They are very dirty – caused by players with black soles. And a wipe would also be a good idea! The result: it’s slippery! And the nick is sometimes more than 2 centimeters wide… That’s why we award 3 of 5 stars.

Price: 24 Euro for one hour of squash in our opinion is a bit overpriced for the quality of the court. Considering the cost-benefit-ratio, we award 2 of 5 stars.

RESULT

3,5 stars for Club Danube Ottakring!

Website: www.clubdanube.at , Phone number for booking: +431 786 26 00

Why orange and yellow?

We hear the question a lot. Today you get the answer:

Some time ago we talked to a mental coach about the power of positive thinking. He told us how small things can impact our mindset. One of the most important things he mentioned was the power of positive surroundings. Positive people are very important, but they cannot always be there by your side. In sports, there is only one thing that is with you all the time: your clothes!

It’s good for you, wearing clothes with positive colors to have something positive with you all the time!

Positive colors

Orange stands for enthusiasm, fun, fascination, health. Yellow is associated with happiness, optimism and energy. All positive connotations – all things that are part of our beloved sport of squash!

We need you!

Wearing positive colors is good for you individually. But our idea goes further: We want to give squash a positive connotation all over the world. But we can’t do it alone – we need you! Whenever a picture or a video of a person playing squash is taken, the person should wear positive colors, like orange and yellow! You can be that person! Become part of the greatest squash movement ever: Put on an orange or yellow shirt next time you go on the squash court, post a picture or video of you and tag the @squashworldtour #squashworldtour

You don’t necessarily need to buy our tees or tanks – any orange or yellow shirt will do the trick! But if you want to support us, we would be more than happy! Until October 31st the shirts are on sale for only €20,- each!

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tee #teamorange

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Become part of this movement to make squash extremely popular all over the world! Let’s bring positivity to our beloved sport! Because with a positive attitude, anything is possible!

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Bring positivity to the court and show your love for #teamorange

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Size: The shirt is available in the most famous sizes – S, M, L, XL.
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