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!
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.
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.
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3 more times our WSRV Vienna Edition Banner will be placed on the tin: C19, Sportpark Süßenbrunn and Country & Sports Club Wien Nord. Looking forward visiting the clubs to complete our mission playing all the squash clubs in Vienna. #squashworldtour #viennaedition #squashvienna #squashwien #squashlife #squashcourt #squashcourts #squash #squashcourttest #sportinwien #viennanow #viennagoforit
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!
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.
3 stars for Club Danube Alt Erlaa!