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Updated: Jun 27

We are excited to share with you the highlights from our recent Q&A session with Harvard player, Lucie Stefanoni, who joined us as our guest coach for the week. Lucie shared invaluable insights into her squash journey, experiences, and strategies that have shaped her successful career so far.

Thank you Lucie for your passion and dedication all week!

  1. When did you start having a passion for squash?

Lucie's passion for squash ignited early on, inspired by her sister's achievements. She started serious training at the age of 10, dedicating two hours a day to the sport.

2. How do you manage both academics and squash?

Lucie stressed the importance of prioritizing academics alongside squash. "I remember playing the US open final when I was 17, and having to do a zoom call for a class an hour before the match. Even though squash is so important to me, academics is always ahead. I think it’s important to differentiate the two, having time for school and for squash."

3. How do you approach your matches and adjust your strategy against different opponents?

"I think for me, I don’t get caught up too much with who I’m playing, I just focus on my strengths and do my best. Throughout the match, it’s important to have a good game plan, for me it’s important to not have a specific game plan for each person. You have to learn each game and as the game progresses throughout."

4. Do you like to watch your own match after the match concludes?

"I remember doing that at the latter end of my junior career when streaming became more popular. If I had two matches in one day, I would wait a couple hours and then watch the match before my next match. It’s more important to watch the matches you lose, rather than wins, because that’s how you improve."


5. Is Squash all year around at Harvard?

"Squash is a winter and spring sport, consuming most of the year. Our first practice was on September 5, but the season doesn't start until the second week of December. The intensive training leading up to the season significantly improves our skills. The season ends in March, and it goes by quickly. Additionally, optional training is available during the off-season."

Thank you Lucie and good luck next season at Harvard!



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