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Nick Matthew

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Nick Matthew has enjoyed a prolific career since turning pro in 1998 - achieving a string of historic breakthroughs which have led the Yorkshireman to become one of England's most successful squash players of all-time.

In 2006 he won his first British Open title to become the first home-grown winner of the world's most prestigious event for 67 years.

Just over a year later, he underwent career-threatening shoulder surgery - but came back stronger than ever, winning the world-famous trophy for a second time in 2009 after beating national rival James Willstrop in a 122-minute climax, the longest British Open final for more than ten years.

In June 2010, Nick topped the world rankings for the first time and in December became the first Englishman in the premier event's 35-year history to win the PSA World Championship.

The triumph took Matthew, now 32, back to number one in the world rankings - a position he held throughout 2011.

*“Becoming world number one is every sports person's dream and it's something I've worked towards every single day of my life since I turned professional in 1998,"* said Matthew at the time.

In November 2011, Matthew successfully defended his world crown in Rotterdam - becoming the first player for 15 years to retain the title.

His record-making run continued on home soil in 2012: In February he won a fourth British National title - then, at the famous O2 Arena in London in May, became the first Englishman ever to win the British Open title for a third time.

It was the first staging of the British Open for three years - and the triumph over Ramy Ashour provided one the highlights of the year: *"It was brilliant to have it back on the calendar and in such an amazing venue. It had its old feel back again."*

Matthew lost his world No1 ranking to fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop in January 2012, but briefly regained it after winning the Tournament of Champions in New York for the first time later in the month.

*"Losing my world number one ranking was my biggest disappointment of the year."*

When asked if there was a particular turning point in his career, Matthew replies: *"Completely restructuring my whole technique at aged 19 with current coach David Pearson."*

Matthew marked another milestone in September 2012 when he reached the 50th PSA Tour final of his career at the British Grand Prix in Manchester – and celebrated his 25th Tour title win after beating national rival James Willstrop.

But his continued rivalry with Ashour proved fruitless for the rest of the year when he lost to the Egyptian in the semi-finals of the US Open, Hong Kong Open and finally the World Championship in Qatar where Matthew relinquished his title to Ashour.

Two further final appearances in 2013 also saw Matthew end as runner-up – losing to Shabana in the ATCO PSA World Series Finals in London and then to Gaultier in the Swedish Open climax in Linkoping, where he marked the 53rd Tour final appearance of his career.

But he claimed a further chapter in the squash history books away from the Tour in February when he extended his long winning streak over Willstrop in the British National Championship final to win a record fifth title.

Details

Age Group
Senior
World Ranking
2
Birthday
1980-07-25
Height
6ft
Home Town
Sheffield
Tour Titles
British Open 2012, Tournament of Champions 2012, World Open 2011, ISS Canary Warf Squash Classic 2011, 2011 North American Open, Case Swedish Open 2011, North American Open 2011, Canary Wharf Classic 2011, Punj Lloyd Masters 2010, World Open 2010, Sky Open 2010, Australian Open 2010, Canary Wharf Classic 2010, North American Open 2010, Case Swedish Open 2010, British Open 2009, Qatar Clasic 2009, Swedish Open 2009, Dutch Open 2008, US Open 2007, British Open 2006, Windy City Open 2004, Atlanta Open 2001, Milo Open 2001, Ciutat De Barcelona 1999
National Titles
National Squash Champion (2012, 2010, 2009 & 2006)
International Titles
World Team Champions (2007 & 2005), European Team Champions (2003-07, 2009, 2010, 2012)