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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.