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Blog: Nick Matthew is Britain’s greatest racket player

Nick and Esme enjoy the tennis (looks like Nick's borrowed one of my ties)
Nick and Esme enjoy the tennis (looks like Nick’s borrowed one of my ties)

Wimbledon highlight as Nick Matthew is rated a better racket player than Andy Murray

By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor

Squash took centre stage on Centre Court today as three-times world champion Nick Matthew and his wife Esme joined the celebrities in the Royal Box. 

As he was spotted in the crowd, the commentators discussed who was Britain’s greatest rackets exponent, Matthew or Murray. It would appear that the commentary team came down on the side of Matthew …. with Murray in action on court!

The day before, commentator Andrew Castle (himself a decent Surrey Cup squash player for Wimbledon club Christophers) described Matthew as one of the greatest squash players in history.  

While at Wimbledon, Nick was introduced to tennis legend Roger Federer, who grew up in Switzerland playing squash with his Dad and is a big supporter of squash’s campaign to make the Olympic Games.

Esme also picked up some dance tips from Strictly’s Anton Du Bek and 2009 winner Chris Hollins.

Before travelling down to London, Nick had joined an army of squash players Tweeting their support for Malaysia’s Ong Beng Hee, who had announced his retirement from the PSA Tour earlier this week. Being Hee, like Matthew, worked with former England coach David Pearson.

We can now reveal that Pearson was the “secret coach” who featured in many of Bengy’s own Tweets, that is, when he wasn’t otherwise engaged in promoting his crispy duck franchise.

Good luck in your retirement . Gonna miss our secret sessions with secret coach on cold courts in secret location.

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