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Nick Matthew in action during the 2016 PSA Dubai World Series Finals

Matthew Eyeing Up Sixth Canary Wharf Classic Crown


England No.1 Nick Matthew will be looking to lift his sixth Canary Wharf Classic title when the iconic tournament gets underway in London’s stunning East Wintergarden on Monday March 6.

The 36-year-old last won the tournament back in 2015 when he beat German No.1 Simon Rösner in the final, but was forced to sit out last year’s event due to an ankle injury.

Matthew – who is the tournament’s No.1 seed – has given himself an added incentive to win that sixth title as he has promised to donate all of his prize money from the tournament to the #Sunshine4Sumner campaign, which has been set up to raise money for squash prodigy 11-year-old Sumner Malik, who is battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare form of brain cancer.

Standing in Matthew’s way of success are the likes of Rösner, Windy City Open finalist Marwan ElShorbagy and defending champion Mathieu Castagnet, with the latter hoping to defend his title after he beat former World No.3 Omar Mosaad in last year’s final.

Yorkshireman Matthew will face off against Ryan Cuskelly in round one, with the pair set to meet for the first time since 2014.

Frenchman Castagnet will begin the defence of his title against tournament wildcard Lyell Fuller, while number two seed ElShorbagy will come up against French qualifier Lucas Serme in round one.

ElShorbagy’s compatriot, World No.11 Fares Dessouky, will start the tournament by facing England's Tom Richards in the opening round.

Englishman Daryl Selby is also involved in the draw and he will be hoping he can make the most of home advantage when the World No.14 meets Charles Sharpes in the first round. If he can navigate his way past that opening round encounter, he will face the winner of Rösner and New Zealand’s Paul Coll, which will be one of the standout ties on day one.

Spaniard Borja Golan heads to London as the No.8 seed and the 34-year-old will be full of confidence following his impressive performance at the Windy City Open, where he defeated World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad en route to reaching a first World Series semi-final since 2014.

The 2017 Canary Wharf Classic takes place from March 6-10 at London’s East Wintergarden. For more details visit:

The whole tournament will be shown LIVE on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player, while the semi-finals and final will be broadcast on BT Sport, beIN Sport and multiple broadcasters around the world

Main Draw – 2017 Canary Wharf Classic
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[Q] Joel Makin (WAL) v [8] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[6] Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Q] Charles Sharpes (ENG)
Paul Coll (NZL) v [3] Simon Rösner (GER)
[4] Fares Dessouky (EGY) v Tom Richards (ENG)
[WC] Lyell Fuller (ENG) v [5] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[7] Borja Golan (ESP) v [Q] Declan James (ENG)
[Q] Lucas Serme (FRA) v [2] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)

By Sam Allsop

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