Nick Matthew

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Nick Matthew
Nick Matthew 2017.jpg
Full name Nicholas Matthew
Nickname(s) "The Wolf"
Country  England
 United Kingdom
Residence Sheffield, England
Born (1980-07-25) 25 July 1980 (age 37)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Turned Pro 1998
Retired 2018
Plays Right Handed
Coached by David Pearson
Racquet used Dunlop Force Evolution 120
Website www.nickmatthew.co.uk
Men's singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (June 2010)
Current ranking No. 12 (April, 2018)
Title(s) 33
Tour final(s) 71
World Open W (2010, 2011, 2013)
Last updated on: July 2016.
Nick Matthew holding his 2006 British Grand Prix Squash Championships trophy

Nicholas Matthew OBE (born 25 July 1980 in Sheffield) is an English professional squash player 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 club is Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club in Sheffield which has named 'The Nick Matthew Showcourt'.[2]

He married Esme Taylor, a sports physiologist who has worked with British Cycling, in 2013 and the couple celebrated the birth of their first child Charlotte Rose on 9 September 2014.[3]

Career overview[edit]

Nick Matthew, who attended High Storrs School,[4] 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 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-game match.[5]

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

In the men's 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.[6]

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[7]

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.[8]

Matthew won the PSA 2011 World Open, defeating Grégory 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.[9] 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 three times in the professional era.[10]

Matthew won his third PSA 2013 World Open, defeating Grégory 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 joined 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.

In February 2014, Matthew won a record sixth British National title with victory over fellow Englishman James Willstrop in the final[11] before getting the better of Willstrop once more in the final of the Canary Wharf Classic to win his fourth title at the London event.[12]

2014 saw more 2014 Commonwealth Games success for Matthew despite a knee injury, sustained in training, which overshadowed his preparations.[13] Matthew carried the baton through his native Sheffield before the Games[14] and was then chosen by his teammates to be flag bearer for Team England at the opening ceremony at Celtic Park in Glasgow.[15]

In competition, Matthew competed in singles and doubles with Adrian Grant. He won Gold in singles courtesy of a 11–9 8–11 11–5 6–11 11–5 in what was described as an 'absorbing contest', shown live on BBC Television.[16] He and Grant then took silver in the doubles after falling 10–11 11–7 11–9 to Australians Cameron Pilley and David Palmer.[17]

2015 has proved to be another successful year for Matthew. He became the first man since Ramy Ashour in 2013 to win three PSA World Tour titles in a row when he followed victories in the Swedish Open and Windy City Open with a record-breaking fifth Canary Wharf Classic trophy.[18]

Matthew has had continued success in 2016, despite bad luck with injuries and illness at key times of the season. He won a record eighth title at the British National championships in Manchester in February, beating his long-time rival James Willstrop 11-2 6-11 11-3 11-3 and dropping only one game all week.[19]

On the PSA World Tour, he was runner-up to World No.1 Mohamad El Shorbagy in three prestigious finals. At January's J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions, played in the iconic Grand Central station, Elshorbagy defeated Matthew 8-11 11-6 11-8 6-11 11-6 in the final.[20]

In March, Matthew met El Shorbagy again in the final of the Windy City Open before injury prevented him from completing the match.[21]

In October's Delaware Investments US Open once again saw a potentially epic encounter brought to an early end as Matthew was forced to retire in the fifth game.[22]

Off-Court[edit]

Matthew launched the Nick Matthew Academy in February 2016, based in Sheffield and run in association with the One Health Group. The Academy has the goal of coaching and nurturing the next generation of English squash players and has created a pathway to help children go from beginners to elite players.[23]

As well as his association with the One Health Group (which works with the NHS to treat patients referred by their GP for orthopaedics, spine, general surgery and gynaecology), Matthew also works with a range of commercial partners: AJ Bell (a financial and investment services provider); equipment suppliers Dunlop, Hi-Tec, 2-Undr and Trion-Z; Rowe Motor Oil; FairBriar International; Benz Bavarian (which supplies his Mercedes car); Netsuite; Sea Island Resort and Squash and Beyond squash camps. He is also supported national governing body England Squash.[24]

Matthew has been a patron of the Sheffield Children's Hospital since 2014.[25]

In November 2016 he was named as an Athlete Ambassador for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games by Commonwealth Games England.[26]

World Open final appearances[edit]

3 titles and 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]

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

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2010 Egypt Ramy Ashour 14-16, 11-7, 12-10, 11-4
Runner-up 2011 Egypt Ramy Ashour 12-14, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8, 11-4

British Grand Prix: 1 final (0 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2011 Egypt Ramy Ashour 1-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-4

British Open: 5 finals (3 titles, 2 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 Grégory Gaultier 11–3, 11–6, 11–2
Runner-up 2017 France Grégory Gaultier 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3

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

North American Open: 4 finals (2 titles, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2009 Egypt Ramy Ashour 11-8, 13-11, 10-12, 5-11, 11-8
Winner 2010 Egypt Ramy Ashour 11-9, 16-14, 5-4 rtd
Winner 2011 Egypt Ramy Ashour 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6
Runner-up 2013 Egypt Ramy Ashour 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7

PSA Masters: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2009 Egypt Ramy Ashour 11–6, 9–11, 11–9, 11–9
Winner 2010 England James Willstrop 11–8, 11–7, 11–8

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

Saudi International: 1 final (0 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2009 Egypt Ramy Ashour 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8

Sky Open: 1 final (1 title, 0 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2010 Egypt Karim Darwish 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 13-11

Tournament of Champions: 6 finals (1 title, 5 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2006 Egypt Amr Shabana 11-6, 11-9, 11-4
Runner-up 2009 France Grégory Gaultier 11-9, 2-11, 11-8, 11-4
Runner-up 2011 Egypt Ramy Ashour 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7
Winner 2012 England James Willstrop 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-7
Runner-up 2015 Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 12-10
Runner-up 2016 Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6

US Open: 4 finals (1 title, 3 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2007 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
Runner-up 2016 Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 10-12, 12-14, 11-1, 11-4, 3-0 rtd

Windy City Open: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2015 Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 11–7, 11–2, 11–7
Runner-up 2016 Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 11–6, 11–3, 2–0 rtd

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 2015 2016 Career SR Career W-L
PSA World Series Tournaments
World Open NH 2R QF 1R 2R 2R SF QF QF W W SF W SF QF 3 / 14 44–11
British Open Absent QF A W QF A W Not Held W SF F SF 3 / 8 29–5
Hong Kong Open 2R A NH F NH 2R QF 2R A QF QF SF W A SF 1 / 10 24–9
Qatar Classic 1R 1R SF NH 2R SF QF SF W SF 2R NH F NH A 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 F F 1 / 12 37–11
North American Open Not Held Not World Series Absent F W W SF F Not Held 2 / 5 21–3
Kuwait PSA Cup Not Held Absent NH QF A NH 2R QF NH 3R Not Held 0 / 4 6–4
US Open NH A QF QF SF QF W NH Absent F SF F SF SF 1 / 10 31–9
Saudi International Not Held SF QF QF SF F Not Held 0 / 5 14–5
Pakistan International NH A NH SF QF A NH NWS Not Held Not World Series 0 / 2 5–2
Windy City Open NWS Not Held Not World Series SF W F 1 / 3 12–2
El Gouna International Not Held A NH SF NH A SF 0 / 2 6–2
Australian Open NWS W F NWS Not Held NWS 1 / 2 9–1
British Grand Prix Not Held Not Held 1R F NWS NH Not World Series 0 / 2 4–2
Sky Open Not Held A 2R W Not Held NWS Not Held 1 / 2 6–1
Win Ratio 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 5 0 / 7 0 / 7 1 / 8 1 / 7 0 / 4 2 / 8 5 / 10 2 / 9 2 / 7 2 / 8 0 / 5 1 / 7 0 / 2 16 / 98 NA
Win–Loss 1–2 1–2 8–5 13–7 14–7 20–7 18–6 10–4 30–6 35–5 32–7 26–5 30–6 16–5 24–6 8-2 NA 286–82

[27] Note: NA = Not Available

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nick Matthew Confirmed As New World Number One". WSF. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "NICK MATTHEW". Squash 2020. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sheffield squash star Nick celebrates arrival of baby girl". The Star. 10 September 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  4. ^ "World champion eyes 'home' title". Sheffield Telegraph. 13 December 2007. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  5. ^ Steve Cubbins, Framboise Gommendy (18 December 2009). "Dream final it really was". Squashsite. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Day Five – the Finals". Squashsite. 8 October 2010. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Gilmour, Rod (12 December 2010). "World Squash Open 2010: Nick Matthew hails title as 'beyond wildest dreams' – Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Today". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "World Open Squash 2011 – Official Site". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Nick Matthew". Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nick Matthew beats James Willstrop to win national title". BBC. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  12. ^ "Nick Matthew Wins 4th Canary Wharf Squash Classic Title". The official website of Nick Matthew OBE. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  13. ^ "Squash star Nick Matthew in fitness race for Glasgow 2014 after knee surgery". Sunday Express. Jun 26, 2014. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  14. ^ "Squash ace joins Sheffield relay leg". Sheffield Telegraph. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  15. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Nick Matthew to carry England flag at Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony". The Telegraph. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  16. ^ "Glasgow 2014: Nick Matthew beats James Willstrop to win gold". BBC. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  17. ^ "England's Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant beaten to squash gold by Cameron Pilley and David Palmer". Daily Mail. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  18. ^ "Magnificent Matthew Wins 2015 Canary Wharf Classic". PSA World Tour. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  19. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/squash/35575132
  20. ^ "Nick Matthew Denied 2nd Tournament of Champions Title". The Official Website of Nick Matthew OBE. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  21. ^ "Windycity Update: Elshorbagy Takes Men'S Crown". PSA World Tour. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  22. ^ "US Open: ElShorbagy Is US Open Champion". PSA World Tour. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  23. ^ "VIDEO: Nick Matthew's new venture aiming to spark kids' love of squash". The Star. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  24. ^ "Sponsors". The Official Website of Nick Matthew OBE. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  25. ^ "Squash champion Nick Matthew is new Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity patron". The Star. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  26. ^ https://www.englandsquash.com/news/massaro-and-matthew-named-as-team-england-athlete-ambassadors-for-gold-coast-2018
  27. ^ "Nick Matthew - Professional Squash Association". 

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
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Karim Darwish
Ramy Ashour
PSA Player of the Year
2008
2013
Succeeded by
Ramy Ashour
Ramy Ashour