Racquet Sports

'Shuttlegate' eight bring sport into disrepute

On the Athlete's Wall inside the Olympic Park there is brown stone structure engraved with a famous line from the poem Ulysses by British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:54pm

Technology and apathy sent tennis spinning into a high-speed decline

Alvin Sallay asks: 'Are the glory days gone for tennis?'(April 15).

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Olympic dreams are squashed

'Squash has the credentials to become an Olympic event ... We are working towards this and will keep trying even if our bid is not successful.' - Jahangir Khan, retired squash champion

Squash and the Olympics

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Shuttlecock champions heading for nationals

To most of us, a shuttlecock is what badminton players hit over the net. But shuttlecock is also the name of a game in which players use the feet or any other part of the body - except the hands - to keep a 'featherball' in the air.

It is one of the nine events of the All China Secondary Schools Students' Games to be held in Inner Mongolia this July.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Squash makes most of Au factor

Squash's popularity has soared in the past decade. 'Thanks to Hong Kong Squash, more than 200 primary schools and 50,000 children have been introduced to a modified version of the sport called mini-squash.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Your chance to try whole new ball game

If it's too windy to play badminton in the park, and the squash courts are fully booked, you could try waveball. It's a new racquet sport that can be played almost anywhere, even on the beach.

24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Global push to gain Olympic status

Hong Kong number one Rebecca Chiu Wing-yin will be too old to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games, but still hopes her successors will have the chance to take part in the world's biggest sporting extravaganza.

24 May 2009 - 12:00am

Low use means tennis, squash courts to go

More tennis and squash courts with low rates of usage will be switched to other purposes after free use of the facilities during the Olympics failed to lift people's interest in the sports.

18 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Chops and smashes

Tennis on a table

31 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Love, set and match

When you are reading about tennis in a newspaper or listening to the commentary on a tennis match on TV, are you confused by some of the words or phrases being used? Here is a guide to understanding tennis terms. Would anyone care for a game of tennis?

Do you know the meanings of these words or phrases used in tennis?

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18 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Getting close to the action and having a ball

Watching the ball boys at Wimbledon on television inspired 12-year-old Michelle Lo of the Diocesan Girls School in Jordan to become a 'ball kid' at the JB Group Classic.

11 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Racquet power

Squash is a racquet sport played in an indoor court. The game includes singles (played by two players) and doubles (two teams of two players).

Players use a small racquet with a long handle and a small, hollow rubber ball.

The squash court

There are three red horizontal lines on the front wall.

22 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Players serve up a treat

Tennis can be played two ways. In singles the competition is between two players. In doubles the competition is between two teams of two players.

Each player uses a racquet (pronounced rak-ket) to hit a ball over the net into the other player's court.

The player who starts the game is called the server. The other player is called the receiver.

8 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Shame game

It's too much that the Olympics last only 17 days. We are just getting used to Andrew Sams' miscues on TVB Pearl ('The US took silver and the United States were in first place') and that same station's bizarre scheduling (we got almost all of a meaningless US versus Germany basketball game while an epic team-jumping final was taking place at the equestrian centre in Sha Tin).

24 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

No-shows at venues frustrate regular players

The bookings were full a month ago, but five of the 12 squash courts at the Hong Kong Park Sports Centre were empty late on a recent afternoon.

The receptionist said no-shows had become more prevalent since the Leisure and Cultural Services Department allowed the public to book its sports facilities free from last month.

20 Aug 2008 - 12:00am