7 NICK MATTHEW (England)

LOOK OUT FOR: His position on the court and his sheer intensity of play.
Nick is playing the best squash of his life after recovering from a shoulder injury that kept him of court for a large part of last year. He is seeded number seven this week but that is a false ranking. He is certainly the man in form at the moment and really hungry after last year’s injury.

He is one of the most exciting guys to watch on the tour at the moment, playing exceptionally attacking but thoughtful squash at a frantic speed. I saw him beat Ramy Ashour in New York recently and, without giving away any secrets, he had clearly worked out how to play him.

The great thing with Nick is that he is such a good professional and works out what he needs to be doing and does it. As long as he is fit he will test anyone to the limit.

Nick will be looking for a good performance this week to make up for the disappointments on his previous visits when he has been hampered by injury and fatigue.

The highlight of Nick’s career came in 2006 when he became the first English-born winner of the British Open for 67 years, beating Thierry Lincou 3-2 in the final.

In 2007 he won his maiden Super Series crown, the US Open, beating fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop in a pulsating final.

Towards the end of 2007 Nick led England to the World Team Championship title in India but a brutal playing schedule caused a major injury to his right shoulder and he was out of action for eight months until making a winning return in the Dutch Open in September.

He has recently won the Swedish Open and regained his National title in Manchester, having also reached the finals of the Tournament of Champions and the North American Open in Virginia.
FACT FILE:

Current world ranking: 5
Highest: 5

Born: July 25, 1980 (Sheffield)

MAIN TITLES: 26 PSA finals including the British Open, US Open, Swedish Open, Dutch Open and two British National crowns

Nick Matthew
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