World Ranking Loss Spurs Nick Matthew On For ROWE British Grand Prix Success

Matthew was hoping to be become the first Englishman to win a tournament on home soil as World No.1 one since April 2002 when he was named as top seed for the ROWE British Grand Prix – Manchester 2010
 
The championship, one of only ten Professional Squash Association (PSA) Super Series events in 2010 and the only PSA Super Series ranking event to be staged in the UK this year, will take place at the National Squash Centre in Manchester from the 15th to 20th September.
 
But, after becoming World No1 for the first time in June, Matthew crashed out of last week's quarter-finals in the Hong Kong Open – leaving the door open for his predecessor Ramy Ashour, a 22-year-old Egyptian, to clinch the title, and regain top spot in the world rankings published on today.
 
The 30-year-old Englishman refused to be downhearted by his slip to World No2: "Nothing has really changed - my aim is always to win the next tournament, whether I'm ranked one, two or 102," said Matthew on his return to the UK.
 
"Ramy played exceptionally well in Hong Kong and over the course of the month away, his results added up to the highest total, so he deserves to take back the number one spot.
 
"It just shows how close it is, and with Greg Gaultier coming back in to good form, as well as the likes of Karim Darwish, James Willstrop and Amr Shabana, I'm sure there will be a few more changes of hands at the top before the end of the year.
 
"The British Grand Prix is a good opportunity in my home country to stake my own claim to get that number one spot back, and finish on a high before the Commonwealth Games."
 
Matthew has shown formidable form on the spectacular all-glass showcourt at the National Squash Centre in Sportcity – where he won the British Grand Prix in 2006, his second British Open title last September and his third British National Championship crown in February this year.
 
For further information visit the ROWE British Grand Prix – Manchester 2010 Official Website www.britishsquashgrandprix.com or email info@isportgroup.com
 
Tickets for the ROWE British Grand Prix – Manchester 2010 can now be booked online at www.isportgroup.com/ticketing or by telephone on 0844 870 0000.
 
Issued by media@isportgroup.com on behalf of the ROWE British Grand Prix – Manchester 2010

England's Nick Matthew, top seed for the ROWE British Grand Prix Squash Championship in Manchester later this month, is more determined than ever before to win the biggest title in Europe this year following the loss of his World No.1 ranking to Egyptian rival Ramy Ashour.