Strik­ing

Five top squash play­ers wear this sum­mer’s best offff-court off-court looks

Bloomberg Pursuits - - Pursue - Pho­to­graphs by Ryan Pfluger Styling by Brian Coats Set de­sign by Ryan Schae­fer

An­dres Var­gas, 28, won four con­sec­u­tive Col­lege Squash As­so­ci­a­tion na­tional cham­pi­onship ti­tles at Trin­ity Col­lege in Con­necti­cut. He learned to play grow­ing up in Bo­gotá, af­ter soc­cer prac­tice, while his par­ents played golf. Now he works in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions for US Squash. “The abil­ity to mea­sure and take risk ap­peals the most to me,” he says. That, and play­ing on a sur­face roughly one-third the size of a ten­nis court “makes for a very in­ter­est­ing dance.” + Denim jacket by Saint Lau­rent, white pique polo by Fred Perry, khaki pants by Valentino, watch by Cartier, leather bracelet by Giles & Brother, sneak­ers by Com­mon Projects

The tough­est match that Kyle Gens, 26, ever played was for the Sil­ver Na­tion­als in 2006. “Ev­ery one of my matches went to five games, and three of them I came back from 2-0 down,” he says. “It was bru­tal.” Now a J.D. can­di­date at St. John’s Uni­ver­sity Law School, he learned the game from his fa­ther when he was 3. “For pretty much 12 years, I trained six days a week, some­times twice per day, to im­prove my game. And I wasn’t even a full-time tour­ing pro.” + Khaki jacket with camo de­tail by Dior Homme, cash­mere polo by To­mor­row­land, pants by Unis, watch by Dior, slip-on sneak­ers by Vince

Chris Gerra picked up squash at the ripe old age of 27 and went on to earn top am­a­teur sta­tus in New York. “It is the most com­pet­i­tive, chal­leng­ing, and ath­let­i­cally stim­u­lat­ing sport I have ever played,” says Gerra, 35, now a di­rec­tor at PwC. “In one hour, I can get a work­out harder than any other ac­tiv­ity, and I’ve played just about ev­ery sport out there.” + Linen dou­ble-breasted blazer by Tommy Hil­figer, ar­gyle polo by Dior Homme, pants by Mai­son Margiela, pocket square by the Tie Bar, leather bracelets by Ca­puto & Co., watch by Patek Philippe, belt by Bil­lykirk

“I first learned to play in Botswana,” says Alis­ter Walker, 33, who achieved a No. 12 rank­ing in 2009 and still plays on the pro tour. “My fa­ther had played in Eng­land grow­ing up, and he taught my mother, who went on to be Botswana’s na­tional cham­pion. It be­came a fam­ily sport.” Although he’d al­ways loved racket sports, he was drawn to the glad­i­a­to­rial as­pect of squash, “where op­po­nents are not sep­a­rated by a net.” + Leather jacket by Gucci, polo by Or­ley, jeans by Nudie Jeans, metal cuff by Ca­puto & Co., neck­lace and watch by Cartier, sneak­ers by Com­mon Projects

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