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Blog: Nick Matthew is Britain’s greatest racket player

Alan Thatcher
Alan Thatcherhttps://squashmad.com
Founder of World Squash Day, Squash Mad, the Kent Open and co-promoter of the Canary Wharf Classic. Launched the Squash 200 Partnership to build clubs of the future. Talks a bit.

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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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  1. On seeing the pic of Nick and Federer on his Facebook page I rather cheekily commented suggesting that a racketlon challenge between the two of them would be good. Got me thinking … why not get the top squash players to play the top tennis players in a racketlon challange for World Squash Day?! Might settle the question once and for all but my money would be on the squash players! Make it happen Alan … would be a great profile raiser.

    • Hi James
      That’s a brilliant idea!
      As tennis player Jonny Marray is also a member of the Hallamshire club in Sheffield, I could see a possible doubles match.
      Stefan Edberg and Andrew Castle are both excellent squash players, as are Tim Henman and his brother, so this idea of yours could turn into something special.

  2. James and Alan,

    Its been done – in another age! Excepting that it was a more realistic test than Racketlon could be. The North American Champion (and 1 time B.O. semi-finalist) Sharif Khan beat Borg, McEnroe, Vilas, Fleming Delfs (Badminton), Marty Hogan (Racketball), Danny Seemiller (Table Tennis) in 3 of 4 years that CBS Sports held the World Rackets Championships. More details on the link below.

    Best wishes,


    Racquet Masters Tournament (World Racquet Championships) – Squash Develops the most complete Racquet Athlete – Sharif Khan Winner (in 3 of 4 years) over Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Guillermo Vilas, Marty Hogan, Danny Seemiller and Fleming Delfs among others
    Comments: This article is now (1) posted on the online Squash Magazine Squash Ezine
    7/31/2013 issue (http://www.squashezine.com/).
    (2) discussed by Editor Freddy Ramirez of the Racquetball Blog RESTRUNGMAG and Ferez Nallaseth and the discussion reported by Editor Joe McManus on Squash Ezine on 8/7/2013 issue.

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