Three time world squash champion Nick Mathews visited the lovely island of St. Lucia last weekend. Of Course St. Lucia Sports Online met up with the global star to find out what he was up to. “I am here on vacation with my family” Mathews explained. We are currently on a mid-season break and I took the opportunity to come here and play St. Lucia’s best.
St. Lucia’s finest is of course Gros-Islet’s very own Charlie Sonson. The former OECS number one player explained that he was honored to play with one of the best in the world. “Though unfit, it was really nice to be back and the court and reminisce on the great times I had playing Squash,” Sonson explained, “I am truly considering a come back to the sport.”
Nick Matthew has enjoyed a prolific career since turning pro in 1998 – achieving a string of historic breakthroughs which have led the Yorkshireman to become one of England’s most successful squash players of all-time. In 2006 he won his first British Open title to become the first home-grown winner of the world’s most prestigious event for 67 years. Just over a year later, he underwent career-threatening shoulder surgery – but came back stronger than ever, winning the world-famous trophy for a second time in 2009 after beating national rival James Willstrop in a 122-minute climax, the longest British Open final for more than ten years. In June 2010, Nick topped the world rankings for the first time and in December became the first Englishman in the premier event’s 35-year history to win the PSA World Championship. The triumph took Matthew back to number one in the world rankings – a position he held throughout 2011. “Becoming world number one is every sports person’s dream and it’s something I’ve worked towards every single day of my life since I turned professional in 1998,” said Matthew at the time
A well-earned rest is due for a couple for months before Nick visits Massachusetts to conduct some training camps prior to resuming his own summer training back in Manchester in August. Mathew is currently ranked number 3 in the world. He explained that the sport can take a toll on the body, and while constant training is required, St. Lucia seems like the ideal place to relax and play. We here at St. Lucia Sports Online certainly hope he enjoyed his stay in St. Lucia.