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Five Top Squash Players Wear the Summer’s Best Looks

Winning style, off the court. Photographs by Ryan Pfluger. Styling by Brian Coats. Set design by Ryan Schaefer.

“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.
Photographer: Ryan Pfluger for Bloomberg Pursuits

“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.

On Vargas: 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. On Gens: Khaki jacket with camo detail by Dior Homme, cashmere polo by Tomorrowland, pants by Unis, watch by Dior, slip-on sneakers by Vince.
Photographer: Ryan Pfluger for Bloomberg Pursuits
On Vargas: 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. On Gens: Khaki jacket with camo detail by Dior Homme, cashmere polo by Tomorrowland, pants by Unis, watch by Dior, slip-on sneakers by Vince.

Andres Vargas (on left), 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.”

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.” 

On Gerra: 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. On Mathur: Polo by Lacoste, wool pants by Dior Homme.
Photographer: Ryan Pfluger for Bloomberg Pursuits
On Gerra: 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. On Mathur: Polo by Lacoste, wool pants by Dior Homme.

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.”

Currently ranked No. 3 in the Squash Doubles Association, Manek Mathur, head professional at the Racquet & Tennis Club in New York, is known as the hardest hitter on tour. “We still haven’t put it to the speed gun test, though,” he says. The Mumbai-born 28-year-old finds that the sport’s appeal is the same anywhere in the world. “It’s a perfect combination. You’re pushing your body to the limits both physically and mentally, like high-speed chess.”