Mr. Squires partnered with Ted Winpenny to win the U.S. men's national platform doubles title in 1968. His extensive involvement in the sport — Mr. Squires was a national champion, owned a platform tennis court construction company, wrote books and produced instructional films about the sport, and endorsed a line of paddles, shoes and clothes bearing his name — earned him the title "Mr. Platform Tennis" throughout the 1970s.
"The game has these built in equalizers: single serve, small court and the screen off which the ball can be returned," said Squires, who was instrumental for popularizing the game as CBS Sports televised two of his tournaments on its "Sports Spectacular" show. "Patience and ball placement are more effective assets than sheer power or speed."
Born in New York on September 27th, 1931, Mr. Squires spent four years of his childhood in Scarsdale before his family settled in suburban Bronxville, N.Y. In his book, One Moment At A Time, A Love Story, that was dedicated to his wife Joan "Doc" Squires, and is an autobiography and a moving love story, Mr. Squires recalls his youth, writing: "While attending high school I was a four-letter athlete and a one-letter student (straight Ds)."
After a less than spectacular academic career in high school, Mr. Squires made the Dean's List at Williams College. As an undergraduate at Williams, he won the Williams College tennis singles title four times and the squash title twice. He was a New England intercollegiate singles and doubles tennis champion, as well as a two-time finalist in the National Intercollegiate squash tournament. In 1949, Mr. Squires and Gil Bogley won the U.S. Junior Doubles championship and he concluded the year ranked sixth in the nation in the 18s' singles. The following year, he was named to the U.S. National Junior Davis Cup squad.
Mr. Squires graduated from Williams College in 1953 with a B.A. in American History and Literature. His tennis coach, Clarence C. Chaffee said Squires was "the finest all-around racquets athlete" he ever coached. His legacy lives on at Williams College with The Squires Cup which is "awarded annually to a talented varsity Williams-College racquet-wielder who exemplifies leadership by selflessly sharing his or her on-court skills with teammates."
Despite a bad back that plagued him throughout his lifetime, Mr. Squires would win add to his reputation as a Renaissance Man of racquet sports by claiming national championships in squash (1953) and platform tennis (1966, '76, '83). His achievements in paddle tennis earned Mr. Squires international attention. A three-page feature story on Squires was published in the December 20th, 1976 edition of People Magazine, that featured rock group Led Zeppelin on the cover.
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