Eight years ago when Clive Caldwill announced his intentions of becoming a professional squash player, his parents expressed grave displeasure.
"They're British, which made it worse," said the 29-year old Toronto native, the 1980 world professional squash champion. "The whole field of athletics has changed. Unless you were Babe Ruth, it was not something your parents wanted you to do."
Caldwell describes the game as easy. "I've never been injured," he said.
A match consists of best three-of-five games played to 15 points on an 18 1/2-by-32 foot indoor court.
Caldwell was here last night to play in exibitions. He defeated Nadeem Qureshi, 15-9, in a one-game match, and Aziz Kahn 15-9, 13-16, 15-12, 18-16, at the Washington Squash Racquet Club as 100 Brooks Brothers types looked on.
He took up the game at the age of 12 and is ranked third on the pro tour. He supplements his $30,000 annual winnings with guest appearances and club-management consultations, earning an additional $30,000.
Caldwell explained that despite the fact the game came out of English prisons it still is considered a snob sport. And he has no intentions of trying to change that image. "It's tradition is elitist (the game caught on in the U.S. when the late Duke of Windsor visited for a 1930 match) and we are not trying to throw that away. We aren't trying to sell it like recquetball which is like bowling." CAPTION:
Picture, Clive Cadwell beats Aziz Khan in squash exhibition, 15-9, 13-16, 15-12, 18-16. By Lucian Perkins -- The Washington Post