What is squash and how does it differ from tennis

Incendiary and dynamic are the best definitions of the squash game. Participants come to a small playground — usually measuring 9.75 by 6.4 meters — and, armed with rackets, take turns hitting the ball against the wall.

It is believed that we owe its origin to the students of the English school. More than a century ago, they stood in line for hours to get on the tennis field, so they started banging rubber balls on the walls while waiting. According to another version, squash was one of the few entertainment of prisoners in English prisons.

What are the differences from tennis?

Sports fun with an exotic name for some is not much different from tennis. But they are similar only in that you can play individually or in teams, and as an inventory — rackets and a ball.


According to the rules of squash, participants hit a rubber shell against the wall, being next to each other — this complicates the task and adds heat to the training. There are no open areas — this is a closed room with four walls and drawn out lines.

In a tennis competition, the opponents are separated by a grid and placed opposite each other. The court is marked with feed lines and sidelines, but you can train not only indoors: from May to September, participants move to fresh air.


The task of athletes in both games is to hit the ball so that the opponent does not have a chance to retaliate. The projectile falls outside the field — it’s an out.

There are five games in squash, and each of them lasts up to a winning 11 points from one of the players. To win tennis, you need to win two out of three or three out of five sets.


For dynamic and active classes, the equipment requirements are identical — light sportswear and comfortable sneakers. But the features of squash dictate the conditions: sneakers are low, softer, with weak cushioning and less weight. They do not slip and do not leave traces on the court.

A tennis racket is slightly heavier — from 270 to 315 g, for squash you will need a weight of 110-170 g. Both balls are rubber, but the tennis ball is additionally covered with felt, and it is also larger and less elastic.

Number of players

For those who like individual training, squash is suitable — it is more comfortable for one to hit a projectile against a wall. An excellent choice on a business trip and vacation: find a suitable club, take inventory and play combinations.

Both games are suitable for a single (two athletes participate) and a doubles tournament (two teams of two people are involved).

The load on the body

Squash is considered more expensive in calories: a fast rhythm combined with a minimum number of pauses. It is chosen by busy people, because in one hour you can get the same load as for a two-hour workout on a tennis court.

But tennis is suitable for enhanced pumping of the muscles of the back and legs — there is more room for maneuver. Because of the calm pace and less exhausting effect, it is chosen by children and elderly people.

In any case, take into account the state of health: increased loads are contraindicated for people with problems of the cardiovascular system and musculoskeletal system.

Always do a warm-up to warm up your muscles. By the way, in squash, the warm-up is carried out even for the ball: they continuously beat it off the wall so that it becomes rigid.

Premier Sport Club offers you to feel the difference between squash and tennis on your own experience. Come to the equipped playgrounds, where the coaches will tell you about the rules and reveal the secrets of winning combinations.