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SQUASH ON FIRE HOPES TO DEMOCRATIZE DC COURTS BY MAK­ING MEM­BER­SHIPS A THING OF THE PAST.

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Squash on Fire, the coun­try’s first pay-as-you-go squash fa­cil­ity, has opened its doors in DC to make the game more ac­ces­si­ble for all. “Squash On Fire is rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing the way the sport is played and ac­cessed,” says co­founder

Philippe Lanier. “The mem­ber­ship-free model, cen­tral down­town lo­ca­tion, and stream­lined book­ing sys­tem al­low any­one the abil­ity to come in, bor­row a racquet, and give the sport a try.”

The cen­ter boasts eight courts, a full-ser­vice bar and restau­rant, a pa­tio, locker rooms, and show­ers, as well as an on-site pro shop of­fer­ing Squash on Fire-branded Lu­l­ule­mon ap­parel and other gear. Fees start at $20 per court for 45 min­utes, and pack­ages start at $89. All you need is a pair of shoes with non-mark­ing soles; rac­quets, balls, and (for ju­niors) gog­gles are all avail­able to bor­row. Play­ers can also book pri­vate or group lessons de­signed by Squash on Fire’s head coach, cham­pion squash pro Amir Wagih, who has won more than 23 world ti­tles as a coach.

Lanier, a long­time player him­self, says, “Squash is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity in the US. It’s an ex­cep­tional work­out for both the mind and body, and the most truly ur­ban ath­letic ex­pe­ri­ence I know.” 2233 M St. NW, 202-241-2233; squashon­fire.com

The full-ser­vice bar at Squash on Fire’s Up­per West Side Cafe, sta­tioned next to one of two glass-en­cased show­case courts.

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