England’s two time World Champion Nick Matthew has confirmed his entry to September’s British Grand Prix Squash Championship, the PSA International 70 to be staged at the National Squash Centre in Manchester from 21-24 September.
31-year-old Matthew who in May won his third British Open title and second PSA World Series title of the year is delighted to be returning to the National Squash Centre.
“It’s my favourite venue and I am really looking forward to playing there again,” said the illustrious Englishman.
The venue, which was built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games Squash Championships, has been the scene of numerous Matthew triumphs. The Englishman won the British Grand Prix title on the spectacular all-glass show court in 2006, as well as claiming his second British Open success in 2009 and a record equalling fourth British National title in February earlier this year.
“I was disappointed to have lost in last year’s final, particularly in front of a fantastic home crowd which all sporting events in Manchester attract,” added Matthew. “Hopefully I can go one better this year.”
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said: “Manchester is once again delighted to welcome the cream of the world’s squash talent to the city and as the home of England Squash and Racketball we’re extremely proud to be hosting this event.”
“The competition will not only give the local residents the chance to see world class competitors in action but hopefully will inspire them to take advantage of the fantastic facilities at the National Squash Centre.
“The British Grand Prix Squash Championship is a very welcome addition to our packed sporting programme and goes to show that Manchester is city that truly values and loves sport.”
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