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Nick Matthew

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Name: Nick Matthew
Date of Birth: 25th July 1980
World Ranking: 3
World Series Ranking: 5
Height: 182
Weight: 78
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Residence: Sheffield, England
Racquet: Dunlop Biomimetic 150
Coach: David Pearson
Interests: Relaxing at home with friends and family
Clubs/Teams: Hallamshire, Duffield
Twitter: @nickmatthew
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nmsquash
Biography: 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 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 May, at the famous O2 Arena in London, he became the first Englishman ever to win the British Open title for a third time. 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. The Sheffield star’s 2013 campaign began well – with a return to the final of the ATCO PSA World Series Finals in London, where he went down to Egyptian wizard Amr Shabana for the second time in the week. It was a runner-up berth too for Matthew in February’s Swedish Open when Gregory Gaultier avenged his Queen’s Club defeat to beat the three-time former champion. Just a month later, Matthew celebrated the 54th Tour final of his career when he defeated Gaultier in four games in the semi-finals of the North American Open in Virginia. But awaiting him was Ramy Ashour, Egypt’s new world number one who was unbeaten since losing to Matthew in the 2012 British Open final. The match lasted more than one hour, but it was Ashour who prevailed to claim his fourth successive win since the O2 Arena meeting. Away from the Tour, Matthew claimed a further chapter in squash history in February when he extended his long winning streak over Willstrop in the British National Championship final to win a record fifth title. In June, he celebrated his sixth successive appearance in the World Team Championship by leading England to success over favourites and defending champions Egypt in the 2013 championship in France. And later in the month, Matthew married GB cycling team physiologist Esme. August 2013
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