Squash vs. Tennis – The lighter side!

If you play either squash or tennis, you know that both the games require speed, agility, endurance, power and strategy.  Most squash players have no doubt that their game is the hardest of all racquet sports, particularly when compared to tennis. My friend Bill Guest lets the image on his parking spot speak for itself! You ask tennis players, and you will find that their belief in the superiority of their game over squash is unwavering. As the debate continues, I consolidated the previous versions of this discussion into a new post along with a few new ones that came to my mind.

Squash vs. TennisSo here is a lighthearted look at  “squash vs. tennis” that may make you smile and think.

A squash player’s thoughts on tennis:

Tennis players need two serves to get a rally going.

Tennis players need three balls to play the game, squash players are more efficient.

In tennis, you have to break your opponent to win, in squash you just have to beat them.

Squash players don’t feel the need to convert every shot into a forehand shot.

Tennis has deuce and ad courts; in squash it is just right and left.

In Tennis, hitting the line is considered an excellent shot; in squash it will cost you.

In tennis, a passing shot is a winner, in squash it’s just good length.

Love does not count for a whole lot in tennis.

Tennis players need to rest after every two games; squash players have fine-tuned the art of calling “lets” and arguing with the referee.

The reverse view:

Tennis is a spectator sport; squash wants to be a spectator sport.

In squash, players try to let the ball die; in tennis players try to kill it.

Squash players pretend that a “nick” is a repeatable shot.

Tennis players warm up before the game; squash players warm the ball up.

In Tennis, players don’t hide behind your back.

Squash players need walls around them to keep the ball in the court.

In squash, you can get a “stroke” and continue to play; in tennis if you get a stroke you need an ambulance!

In squash a dead nick is a good shot, in tennis, dead Nick is, not good for Nick!

Squash players struggle with their scoring system – 9, 11, 15, PAR…

Squash pros make a living; tennis pros make the Forbes list.

Tennis players only boast when they are off the court.

Tennis has an injury named after the game – tennis elbow, squash does not.

Squash is played with tins, boxes, and lines.

It’s OK to cheat in squash, as long as it means poaching to one side of the court.

In squash, “serve and volley” means that you serve and your opponent volleys.

In squash, your opponent can push you from the back and flash the “L”oser sign, especially when you seem to have an advantage.

In squash, the referee can often threaten you with a throat-slashing motion.

In squash, if you make an “attempt” to play a ball the referee may give you another shot at it. Would be sweet, in real life!

In squash, grammar is less important – “no let”, “tight length”…

Squash players seem to be standing around and looking back during rallies.

So there you have it.

If you liked this post, you may want to check out Twelve things about squash that I don’t enjoy…






6 comments for “Squash vs. Tennis – The lighter side!

  1. Andy
    August 27, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Good fun this discussion. Here’s a secret – bang for buck, minute for minute, squash is probably the most fun to play (many tennis players who “expand their horizons” tend to agree). Not that tennis is bad, quite the opposite, but tennis requires the a highly controlled swing, which feels a bit limiting when compared to the deception and trickery required for squash. Tennis also feels slow and dragged out compared the the high pace of squash. Both games are excellent to watch at the highest levels, but for the typical sports fan, tennis seems far more intuitive and epic to watch on TV.
    But I recommend that traditional tennis players learn to play squash because the games actually compliment each other very well. If a tennis player adds in 1 squash game per week, they will soon start to feel faster and fitter on court, and start hitting more deceptive shots using “creative” angles. And of course they will have more fun playing both. Win-win I say.

    • Dax Nair
      August 27, 2016 at 6:59 PM

      Thanks Andy!

      I feel that tennis helps with my overheads and volleys in squash. Though, every time I get back on the tennis court, it feels like there is so much more court to cover…

  2. J
    June 9, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    Squash matches don’t last 4 hours but tennis matches often do. Tennis and squash require different types of fitness. There is more strategy in squash though.

    • Stuart Arrowsmith
      January 22, 2016 at 10:59 AM

      And of those 4 hours, the ball is in play for about 45 minutes. The rest is sitting down having a rest every 2 games and bouncing the ball up and down on the base line between each of the 2 serves on offer.

  3. Hans
    May 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Tennis is a leisure sport, try playing a 4 hour squash match.

    • Dax
      May 5, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Let me take a guess, you are a squash player?

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