Nick Matthew

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Nick Matthew
Full name Nicholas Matthew
Country  England
Residence Sheffield, England
Born (1980-07-25) 25 July 1980 (age 33)
Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 77 kilograms (170 lb)
Turned Pro 1998
Retired Active
Plays Right Handed
Coached by David Pearson
Racquet used Dunlop Biomimetic Evolution 130
Website www.nickmatthew.co.uk
Men's singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (June 2010)
Current ranking No. 2 (June, 2014)
Title(s) 29
Tour final(s) 55
World Open W (2010-2011-2013)
Last updated on: June, 2014.
Nick Matthew holding his 2006 British Grand Prix Squash Championships trophy

Nicholas Matthew (born 25 July 1980 in Sheffield) is a professional squash player from England who has won the two most prestigious tournaments in the professional game, the British Open and the World Open, three times each. He reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 1 in June 2010.[1] His home squash club is Hallamshire Tennis and Squash club in Sheffield which has named a squash court 'The Nick Matthew Showcourt'.[2]

Career overview[edit]

Nick Matthew, who attended High Storrs School,[3] first came to the squash world's attention as an outstanding junior player. He was the 1999 British Junior Open under-19 champion, a semi-finalist at the 1998 World Junior Championships, and a member of the England team which won the 1998 world junior team title. He made his first appearance on the professional tour in 1998.

In 2006, Matthew became the first home-grown English player to win the British Open men's title since 1939. In the final, against Thierry Lincou of France, he came back from 0–4 down in the fifth game to win 11–8, 5–11, 11–4, 9–11, 11–6. In 2007, Matthew won the US Open title, beating James Willstrop in the final 11–7, 11–4, 11–7.

Matthew won the British National Championship title in 2006 and 2009. In 2006, Matthew played Lee Beachill in a tight final, which he won 11–9, 6–11, 11–9, 10–12, 12–10. In 2009, he defeated Adrian Grant in the final 11–4, 11–3, 11–9. Matthew was a member of the England team which won the World Team Squash Championships in 2005 and 2007.

2009 saw Matthew soar up in rankings to world No. 4 in December. His best achievement of the year is by winning the Qatar Classic Open title in November. In the Saudi International Open, Matthew's fine run was halted by Ramy Ashour who beat him in the final that decided the next world No. 1. Matthew lost in 110 minutes in a gruelling 5 set match.[4]

June 2010, Matthew topped the world rankings for the first time.

In the singles final of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Matthew defeated compatriot James Willstrop 11–6, 11–7, 11–7 in 66 minutes to win the gold medal.[5]

December 2010 Matthew won the World Open Squash Men's Title, becoming the first Englishman in the premier event's 35-year history to win the PSA World Championship[6]

Matthew won the PSA 2010 World Open, defeating James Willstrop of England in the final by 3 games to 1 in 74 minutes at The Sunset Beach Resort in Saudi Arabia on Friday 10 December 2010.[7]

Matthew won the PSA 2011 World Open, defeating Gregory Gaultier of France in the final by 3 games to 1 in 92 minutes at the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on Sunday 6 November 2011.[8] After struggling with an injury in late 2011, Matthew entered the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, beating then world number 1 James Willstrop. He has since regained his position as world number 1.

He won his 3rd British Open title on 20 May 2012, becoming the first Englishman to win the title thrice in the professional era.[9]

Matthew won his third PSA 2013 World Open, defeating Gregory Gaultier of France in the final by 3 games to 2 in 111 minutes in the Central arena Manchester, England on Sunday 3 November 2013.

The 33-year-old world number one from Sheffield joins a select and distinguished group of players – Australian Geoff Hunt; Pakistanis Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan; and Egyptian Amr Shabana - who have three world titles to their name.

World Open final appearances[edit]

3 titles & 0 runner-up[edit]

Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2010 Saudi Arabia England James Willstrop 7–11, 11–6, 11–2, 11–3
Winner 2011 Rotterdam, Netherlands France Grégory Gaultier 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5
Winner 2013 Manchester, England France Grégory Gaultier 11-9, 11-9, 11-13, 7-11, 11-2

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

British Open: 4 finals (3 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2006 France Thierry Lincou 11–8, 5–11, 11–4, 9–11, 11–6
Winner 2009 England James Willstrop 8–11, 11–8, 7–11, 11–3, 12–10
Winner 2012 Egypt Ramy Ashour 11-9, 11–4, 11-8
Runner-up 2014 France Gregory Gaultier 11-3, 11–6, 11-2

Hong Kong Open: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2004 France Thierry Lincou 11-8, 11-4, 13-11
Winner 2013 Spain Borja Golán 11-1, 11-8, 5-11, 11-5

Qatar Classic: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2009 Egypt Karim Darwish 11-5, 12-10, 11-6
Runner-up 2013 Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4

US Open: 3 finals (1 title, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2009 England James Willstrop 11-7, 11-4, 11-7
Runner-up 2011 Egypt Amr Shabana 11-9, 8-11, 11-2, 11-4
Runner-up 2013 France Grégory Gaultier 11-4, 11-5, 11-5

Career statistics[edit]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Terms
W-L Win-loss NWS Not a World Series event
NG50 Not an International event NH Not held
A Absent LQ/#Q Lost in qualifying draw and round number
RR Lost at round robin stage #R Lost in the early rounds
QF Quarterfinalist SF Semifinalist
SF-B Semifinalist, won bronze medal F Runner-Up
F Runner-up, won silver medal W Winner

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded.

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Career SR Career W-L
PSA World Tour Tournaments
World Open NH 2R QF 1R 2R 2R SF QF QF W W SF W 3 / 12 37–9
British Open Absent QF A W QF A W Not Held W SF F 3 / 7 25–4
Hong Kong Open 2R A NH F NH 2R QF 2R A QF QF SF W 1 / 9 21–8
Qatar Classic 1R 1R SF NH 2R SF QF SF W SF 2R NH F 1 / 11 25–10
PSA Masters Absent 1R 1R QF QF Not Held F W A Not Held 1 / 6 13–5
Tournament of Champions Absent 1R QF QF F Absent F SF F W SF QF 1 / 10 29–9
North American Open Not Held Not World Series Absent F W W SF F NH 2 / 5 21–3
Kuwait PSA Cup Not Held Absent NH QF A NH 2R QF NH 3R 0 / 4 6–4
US Open NH A QF QF SF QF W NH Absent F SF F 1 / 8 22–7
Saudi International Not Held SF QF QF SF F Not Held 0 / 5 14–5
Win Ratio 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 5 0 / 6 0 / 6 1 / 8 1 / 7 0 / 4 2 / 7 3 / 7 2 / 7 2 / 6 2 / 8 0 / 2 13 / 76 NA
Win–Loss 1 / 2 1 / 2 7 / 5 8 / 6 11 / 6 19 / 7 18 / 6 10 / 4 29 / 5 25 / 4 24 / 5 23 / 4 30 / 6 6 / 2 NA 212–64

[10] Note: NA = Not Available

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nick Matthew Confirmed As New World Number One". WSF. June 1, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "NICK MATTHEW". Squash 2020. March 3, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/sport/world_champion_eyes_home_title_1_440478.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Steve Cubbins, Framboise Gommendy (December 18, 2009). "Dream final it really was". Squashsite. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  5. ^ "Day Five – the Finals". Squashsite. October 8, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ Gilmour, Rod (December 12, 2010). "World Squash Open 2010: Nick Matthew hails title as 'beyond wildest dreams' - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Today". Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ "World Open Squash 2011 - Official Site". Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Nick Matthew". Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  10. ^ http://www.psaworldtour.com/page/PlayerProfile/0,,13121~309,00.html

Nick Matthew (Official)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ramy Ashour
Ramy Ashour
James Willstrop
Ramy Ashour
World No. 1
June 2010 - August 2010
January 2011 - December 2011
February 2012
January 2014 - March 2014
Succeeded by
Ramy Ashour
James Willstrop
James Willstrop
Grégory Gaultier
Preceded by
Karim Darwish
Ramy Ashour
PSA Player of the Year
2008
2013
Succeeded by
Ramy Ashour
Current holder