Two pioneering players have been chosen for the highest honor in American squash, the United States Squash Hall of Fame. Anil Nayar and Carol Thesieres will be inducted into the Class of 2018. The induction ceremony will be held at a gala luncheon alongside the ASB GlassCourt prior to the finals of the U.S. Open on Saturday October 13, 2018. Register for the Hall of Fame Luncheon here.
Anil Nayar, born and raised in India, came to the U.S. after winning the Drysdale Cup (the British Junior Open’s BU 19 draw) in 1965. The first player not from North America to win the national intercollegiate title, he captured three in a row while at Harvard, and lead the Crimson to two national team titles. Nayar won two National Singles titles as well as national open championship for Canada (twice), Mexico (once), India (eight times) and seven U.S. age-group titles.
Carol Thesieres was a legendary doubles player. One of the great female champions from Philadelphia, she won the National Singles in 1971 and was runner-up twice more. Thesieres, a leftie, was a top left-wall doubles player for two decades. She won seven National Doubles titles, including a then-unprecedented four in a row with Joyce Davenport. She also captured one National Mixed Doubles, as well as nearly every doubles tournament in the country.
The United States Squash Hall of Fame was founded in 2000. Based at Payne Whitney Gymnasium at Yale, it is the only national squash hall of fame in the world with annual inductions and a bricks-and-mortar location. With the additions of Nayar and Thesieres in the Class of 2018, there will be sixty-three members of the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame.