PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- There is an old sport making a new appearance in Arizona.

Squash ball is on the rise in the US and there is a push to get more people on the court.

It is known as the “chess” of racquet sports. Forbes Magazine describes it as the world’s healthiest sport. But, here in the Valley you don’t hear about squash too often.

Squash professional Peter Fantich said, “It doesn’t have anything to do with vegetables, it is actually a sport.”

Popular in England and Australia, it is similar to racquet ball.

“The balls are only allowed to bounce one and you can volley the ball,” Fantich said.

Fantich has been playing since he was 13, he even went pro. As the squash director at The Village Health Club in Phoenix he is trying to bring more squash courts to Arizona.

“On the east coast you'll find a lot of people know about it, it's huge in the ivy league schools, it's a great way to get into college,” according to Fantich.

If you'd like to be a part of the squash movement here in Phoenix, you can contact Peter at (602) 840-6412 at The Village Health Club on 44th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix. 

 


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