THIS IS A FAMILY AFFAIR
This is a tournament like I’ve never seen it. Basically, everybody is
helping the Khan’s to organise this event. It’s like a club champs,
where your mates, your family, come and give you a helping hand.
Only it’s a World Champ.
And it’s bleeping well organised.
Shabana Khan, Mrs
Big, is just an amazing woman. I just fell in love with that lady, and
her “pitbull attitude” as described by “Bobby Khan” her husband – as he
likes to call himself, bless his heart. It's like I met my soul sister,
my double. Only she is young and beautiful…
The aura of former US Champion Shabana is quite extraordinary, I'm
completely mesmerised. She actually organised the World Ladies here in
1999, while playing in it if you please. And now it’s the Men, helped by
her brother Murad.
Her dad Yusuf Khan is the Godfather of Squash on the West Coast,
and founded the Khan Dynasty, almost 40 years ago, three generations of
Squash Passionate Emblems. One word to describe them to a T: Tenacity.
Yusuf, a 10-time Indian champion, came to Seattle in 1968 as a tennis
pro. He introduced the international game to the city and built some of
the first glass-walled courts.
His son Azam became a pro at Pro-Sports Club in Bellevue in 1991,
growing that program from 10 players to more than 1,200 today. Azam’s
two sons, Salim, 16, and Sharif, 18, played in the first
round of qualifications, and although they lost, behaved beautifully out
We do not need to introduce Yusef's other daughter, Latasha,
seven-time U.S. women’s champion, and still playing on the PSA Tour.
Latasha is everywhere, from driving us around, to checking tickets at
the entrance, not to mention making sure the qualifiers get to book in
the tournament hotel, she is Miss Multitasking impersonated.
And they are surrounded by other members of the family who are all
around, just helping out, along with club members, friends – even
Madeline Perry who came from Ireland to help out – everybody is
making this event a family one, yet a superbly well organised one.
And I’m so proud we are to play a little part in it. It’s an honour.
Truly, and utterly.