The powers that be seem determined that doubles is on the agenda for major games, so it appears that trials are being carried out with rule adjustments such as lower tins (11″ and 13″), alternate shots, and quite possibly other variants.
I’ve long maintained that having the world’s best players playing doubles is the best antidote for insomnia, so in a way I’m pleased that someone has at least recognised that in its current format “pro doubles” doesn’t work. I’d rather they just scrapped it and went for a team event instead, but I guess that since doubles was instrumental in getting squash into events like the Commonwealth Games, dropping it is seen as risky for continued participation.
Nevertheless, it’s never going to be like Badminton, which has the five events (nicely abbreviated to MS, WS, MD, WD, XD) at pretty much every tournament, all five are good to watch, and has top players who specialise in only doubles.
The fact remains that while doubles is a good fun game (I’m looking forward to our club championship doubles tomorrow), at the top level the players are simply too good, and they only play it once every four years because they have to. And I dread to think how much money has been wasted worldwide on new court installations with moveable walls that are never moved.
Which brings us back to the current trials in Birmingham – are they going back to standard sized courts, the wider ones used in Melbourne, or the even-slightly-wider ones used in Delhi which made no difference at all as far as I could see (apart from making it look nothing like a squash court), and is there anything else that they should/could be looking at, doubles-wise …
Thoughts on doubles, anyone ??