Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best squash players from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Squash is a racquet sport practiced in closed spaces with two players and a rubber ball, which can have different degrees of speed or bounce depending on its material. Players hit the ball with their rackets bouncing it off the front wall of the court. The ball can bounce off any wall and in any order, as long as it strikes the front wall or frontis.
Diego Elías is one of the best representatives of this sport in our country as well as a proud Lima 2019 Sports Ambassador. He took home the singles silver medal and also paired up with our compatriot Andrés Duany, who also did an outstanding job, to obtain the doubles bronze medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.
The game of squash was invented around 1830 at the prestigious Harrow School in England when students inadvertently discovered that when a punctured rubber ball “squashed” on impact against a wall produced a variety of shots. The first four squash courts were built at the school in 1864, marking the official founding of the sport.
Let: A type of interference where the players replay the point.
Middle line: Located on the front wall of the court, all serves must land between this line and the upper out line to be considered in. This line is only relevant during serves.
Stroke: A type of interference where, depending on the circumstances of the stroke, the point is awarded to one of the players.