An interview with Nick Matthew

How do you train for a huge tournament like the Worlds?

In theory the hard work should have already been done and the last week or so is all about fine tuning and going into the event with the perfect balance between freshness and sharpness. In practice it’s obviously a tough balance to achieve but it helps if you’ve planned your schedule well in advance so that preparation for a key event has been done over months and years rather than just weeks.

How/why did you get into squash?

Got into it initially through my parents and enjoyed trying it. Loved the vibe at junior tournaments as a kid, had loads of friends at the events and got hooked on the sport.

Do you have any pre-match superstitions?

Always put my left shoe on first!

What is your most memorable match?

Probably the Worlds final the last time it was in Manchester in 2013. I was 2-0 up v Gregory Gaultier and he saved match Ball before taking it to the fifth game. I remember the crowd were amazing and really roared me over the line.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast.

If you could change one rule in squash what would it be?

That it’s a stroke when you hit your opponent with the ball. It’s usually an accident and should just be a simple let.

Which city have you played in that you would like to return to for a holiday?


In a typical training block, how do you fuel your body?

Plenty of sleep. Plenty of physio. Massage. Plenty of stretching, yoga, foam rolling. And healthy eating.

If you could go back in time and give your 10-year-old self some advice, what would it be?

Get a better haircut. And sort out your backhand.


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