Nicolas was among the world’s best squash players who competed in New York City’s iconic Grand Central Station at the J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions earlier this year. Unlike in tennis, squash players can hit the ball off any wall, in any direction. It's a true 360-degree sport. In the video below, VRtually There brings you court-side for the tournament to feel the intensity of the sport in VR.
Often, players only have only milliseconds to make tough judgement calls. They must be physically strong enough to hit the ball and aerobically fit enough to race around the court. It’s a mentally and physically grueling game that requires players to always think two or three shots ahead. The focus and stamina required has its rewards. Nicolas fell in love with how the sport forces him to confront his strengths and weaknesses.
“You get to know yourself when you’re on the squash court,” he says.
Sharing the same space with opponents adds a unique beauty to how the game is played. There are two competitors breathing down each other’s necks, but they also most move to allow their opponent access to the ball. In a sense, these matches resemble a fast-pasted, dynamic dance.
Step into the ballroom in the video above.