Matthew to Donate Canary Wharf Money to 11 Year Old Sumner Malik

Nick is doing his best to set an example and raise awareness for Sumner Malik, an 11 year old boy (and squash player) from Sussex, England. Sumner fell ill last summer with a rare form of brain tumor. Unfortunately medical costs are prohibitive for his family, so they've started a #Sunshine4Sumner campaign to help raise funds.

Upon learning about Sumner, Nick resolved to help out. He decided to help raise awareness about the campaign and, in late February, announced he'd donate his Canary Wharf prize money to the campaign.

To learn more about Sumner and how you can help, read this excellent piece on the PSA World Tour website.    

Nick Matthew claims record ninth Nationals title

Nick Matthew made history by winning his ninth National title in Manchester and cemented his status as one of the greatest British squash players ever.

Three-time world champion Matthew eased through his final against underdog Joe Lee to take home the trophy for the sixth year in a row.

The former World No.1 came into the game as huge favorite against his opponent and claimed the victory with a comfortable 11/6, 11/4, 11/8 in 40 minutes.

Much of the build-up to the tournament had centerd around his long rivalry with James Willstrop [2] but he faced an unlikely opponent in Lee [5/8], who had progressed past Willstrop in the quarter finals after the latter retired with the match at 2-2.

Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro have won a combined 13 Nationals titles.

World No.4 Matthew didn’t drop a single game in his route to claiming the trophy, defeating qualifier Ashley Davies, Jaymie Haycocks, Declan James [5/8] and Lee all 3-0. He was delighted to win his ninth title at the Blowers Jewellers National Squash Championships.

“It’s an honor to win a ninth title”, he said. “I think Joe was a little bit nervous with it being his first final. He pushed me hard in the third game, maybe I got a bit nervous. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve won a few titles, you do sometimes get a bit excited towards the end. But I’m really happy with where my game is and hopefully I can take that forward to the tour now.”

At 36, Matthew is now old enough to play in the masters at the Nationals but he continues to dominate the men’s game. He admitted facing a younger generation of players in the later rounds had been a different experience. He said: “It was totally different this year. With Dec [James] yesterday and Joe today it made me feel my age a bit. It would be nice to get ten. Hopefully, fingers crossed, I can come back for at least one more go and get a tenth.”

Laura Massaro retained the trophy in the women’s competition to take her title haul up to four. She defeated Sarah-Jane Perry [3/4] in 42 minutes, 11/5, 12/10, 11/9.

Nick Matthew Honors

  • World champion – 2010, 2011, 2013.

  • British Open champion – 2006, 2009, 2012.

  • Commonwealth gold medallist – Delhi 2010 (Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles), Glasgow 2014 (Men’s Singles).

  • National champion – 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

  • Current world ranking – 4, highest ranking – 1.

BRITISH SQUASH STAR NICK MATTHEW ANNOUNCES FIRST U.S. ACADEMY

Millbrook School to Host Summer Squash Academy Starting in July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Millbrook, N.Y. - Selecting the right school for his first squash academy in the United States might have seemed like a daunting task for Nick Matthew, a three-time World Champion, but when he learned of Millbrook School, the decision was an easy one. With 8 courts, a renowned squash program that began in the 1940s, and a firm commitment to developing young men and women of character, Millbrook School proved the perfect match.

"Millbrook School promotes a set of values I find to be exemplary, and my goal is to reinforce them through the sport of squash,” said Matthew. “The goal of my Academy is to pass on my passion to a new generation of players and maybe even find some future World Champions."

Starting this July (see dates below), Matthew and his teaching staff will deliver unparalleled squash instruction and one-on-one guidance to kids aged 12-18. Campers will also have the opportunity to enjoy a range of other fun activities, like mountain biking, swimming and horseback riding. Beyond the three initial week-long summer camps in July and August, Matthew will oversee instructional clinics with the Millbrook teams throughout the year, pre-season training for the varsity teams, and exhibition matches at the Mills Athletic Center with other world ranked players.

“This exciting new relationship between Nick Matthew and Millbrook School will serve to attract top student athletes and will have a significant impact on our squash programs as we continue to enhance our competitive team sport experience for our players,” said Millbook’s Director of Racquet Sports Greg Reiss.  


Session Dates:

1st Session: Sunday July 23rd to Friday July 28th

2nd Session: Sunday July 30th to Friday August 4th

3rd Session: Sunday Aug 6th to Friday Aug 11th

Each camp is a 5 night, 6 day sleepaway or day camp.  

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Nick Matthew OBE is a three-time World Champion squash player from Sheffield, UK. He is one of the most successful squash players of all time with 34 Professional Squash Association (PSA) titles in a career spanning 15 years. The Nick Matthew Academy is a coaching program which aims to train and inspire the next generation of squash stars. 

Millbrook School is located on an 800-acre campus in Millbrook, NY, a train ride from New York City, where sudents have the benefit of a challenging academic program that prepares them to succeed at the most ambitious colleges and universities, an extraordinary fine and performing arts program, a tradition of service and environmental stewardship, and abundant leadership opportunities. The school fields highly competitive athletic teams that strive to win in an environment that encourages a continuous and healthy balance between academic and athletic pursuits. Learn more at: http://www.millbrook.org/

For Further Information, contact Steve Hall at: stevehall@futuresquashstars.com