Author Archives: Tracy J Gates

¡Vamos! Squash en ToC!

“Mamosam!” At least that’s what I thought I heard from my place on the bench outside of court #2 at the Yale Club in NYC. Then, “Vamosam!” Was I watching the right women’s Tournament of Champions qualifying match?? I turned … Continue reading

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Big City, Bright Squash Lights – ToC 2016 Begins

Ascending from the subway station at 42nd Street and the Avenue of the Americas still stirs the senses, even if you’ve lived in New York City for decades. Turn one way and it’s the glittery LEDs of Times Square. Turn … Continue reading

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Penguins Know How to Party: An Ode to Howe Cup in Boston

It was the year of the penguins. They looked left. They looked right. They looked cool in their black zoot suits, even as over two hundred women from fifty squash teams danced and sang and celebrated all around them. It … Continue reading

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What Do Greek Olives Taste Like? Revelations in the Peloponnese

“Here,” the man said, walking over to some waist high earthenware jars, “you should try these.” He lifted the dinner plate sized lid, revealing dark purple olives glistening in brine. He took a ladle and scooped up four or five … Continue reading

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What’s better than the best burger in NYC? Victory at the ToC!

What could be better than a mid-afternoon lunch at one of New York’s oldest bars—the Ear Inn, the Australian Open on the telly, and a cold beer and warm burger in front of you? Not much, trust me. But I … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of a Five Game Match?? Not the Women.

Deep into one of Thursday evening’s women’s semifinal matches at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, a woman sitting near me yelped loudly with disappointment. One of the players on court had made an error, losing the point. Usually, many … Continue reading

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A Night of Frustration, Exhaustion, Surprise, and Predictability

New York in winter. West Village wood smoke in the cold air. A steaming slice of John’s pizza burning your tongue. The white lights of the Chrysler building shining more beautiful than any constellation. It is supposed to be snowing, … Continue reading

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