Open Squash Wants to Help You Master “Athletic Chess”
Squash is often thought of as a luxury game because of its association with private clubs and old money, popping up in popular culture as the sport of white-shorts-and-goggles-clad Wall Streeters striking business deals over heated sessions. But Open Squash, which recently opened a downtown location at 100 Pearl St., wants to expand beyond that. The 501c3 non-profit community squash organization seeks to democratize squash, offering prospective players from all sorts of backgrounds the opportunity to learn so-called “athletic chess,” known as such because of the game’s combination of physicality and strategy.
An outpost of its popular Bryant Park location, Open Squash FiDi offers lessons, clinics and a dedicated Junior Academy catering to young enthusiasts aged 4-18. The 20,000-square-foot facility features seven top-tier courts and a glass show court for spectators, as well as a specialized squash-centric fitness center and a rooftop lounge with Manhattan views. While memberships begin at $149/month, Open Squash also offers income-based discount programs as part of its core mission, through which it supports about 25 percent of its adult and junior members.
If you live in or near the neighborhood, Open Squash wants you to try them out. They’re offering one free “intro to squash” lesson and a free month-long membership to area residents. Note that it’s just the right time to get into squash — starting in 2028, squash will be an Olympic sport, so if you’ve dreamed of winning gold (or just want to be able to follow along on TV), now’s your chance!
For more on membership, classes and junior programs, visit their website.
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