Summer sport: Whatever the weather, now is a good time for sport

The sun tries to break through at Headingley last Friday. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
The sun tries to break through at Headingley last Friday. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
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Squash is an indoor sport isn’t it? Well, technically it is, but you don’t necessarily need to be in a building to play it.

The Professional Squash Association is one of sport’s more innovative governing bodies and tournaments have been played in front of the pyramids in Egypt, for example, to provide a dramatic backdrop.

Last week’s Allam British Open followed a similar theme but unfortunately the weather conditions at the KC Stadium in Hull didn’t prove to be quite so clement as those in North Africa as rain stopped play on several occasions and the cold weather didn’t help the pace of play or the bounce of the ball.

However, squash organisers are nothing but resourceful and they packed up the entire British Open infrastructure and carried on at the Hull and East Riding Squash Club.

It may seem a bit bizarre to move one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments from the surroundings of a Premier League stadium to a court that is more used to having (generalisation alert) two 40-something blokes trying to burn off a bit of middle-age spread. But, as Nick Matthew, Sheffield’s former World No 1 and three-time winner of the tournament, said on Twitter at least they provided some on-court entertainment.

There wasn’t much to cheer on Friday at Headingley with the rain bucketing down, the Giro d’Italia had to cancel a stage on the same day and thunderstorms saw the golfers running to and fro from the fairway to the clubhouse at Wentworth as well.

So well done to squash for keeping their particular show very much on the road.

And that’s one of the beauties of summer sport - the weather. Most of us love football, but there’s something about everything falling into place on a summer afternoon that makes the moments even more special.

Think of the misery in Leeds on Friday and then the joy on Saturday with the sun beating down on Sheffield’s Joe Root as he became the first Yorkshireman to score a maiden Test century at Headingley.

Think of the late evenings we’ll have watching the tennis from Wimbledon and the golf from Muirfield, knowing that it’ll still be light enough to have a quick over in the garden with the kids or grandchildren.

Yes it will rain, but that will make the sunny weather all the more welcome.

Now, where’s your glass? Let’s make it half full.

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