Sweating Blood: My Life In Squash - The Official Nick Matthew Autobiography

You can’t sweat blood. That’s not physically possible, but if you could Nick Matthew would have done it by the bucket-load.

Throughout his 15-year career, Matthew has fought his way to the top of the PSA World Rankings in his gladiatorial sport, winning 25 World Tour titles, including being crowned world champion on two occasions and British Open champion three times. Nick holds the record of five British National titles in addition to being crowned Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles Gold Medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games making him England’s most successful player.

Sweating Blood: My Life In Squash is much more than the tale of a squash player. In this brutally honest story:

Nick psychoanalyses his own obsessive-compulsive personality and explains how it helps him win;


He remembers how, as a late developer, he was constantly told he lacked the talent to succeed yet went on to become the most successful English player of all time;

He gives an amazing behind-the-scenes access to the sport: the prize money, the anti-doping, the gruesome training, the post-match celebrations, the crazy players on the PSA World Tour and the far-flung corners of the globe where he competes;

He remembers the career-threatening shoulder operation that eventually put him on the road to World Championship and Commonwealth Games glory;

He tries to understand how his relationship with another top British player went so horribly wrong;

He digs back into his Yorkshire upbringing and remembers the colourful characters who turned him into the champion he is today;

And he pinpoints the most crucial moments in his career – the moments when he really felt like he was sweating blood.

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Notes to Editor:
About Nick Matthew:
Nick Matthew made his breakthrough on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Men’s World Tour in 2006 when, seeded six, he claimed his maiden British Open title to become the first home-grown winner of the world’s most prestigious event for 67 years.

In 2009, Matthew went on to reclaim the world-famous trophy and the triumph brought to a notable climax a twelve-month period in which the England No.1 battled back to top form after undergoing career-threatening shoulder surgery in January 2008.

Title triumphs in four successive 2010 events, the Swedish Open, North American Open, Canary Wharf Classic and Sky Open, led to Matthew topping the PSA World Rankings for the first time in June to become the first English World No.1 for six years and was followed by success in the Australian Open of the same year.

Boosted by Gold Medals in the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Matthew went on to finish the year on a high, winning the World Open for the first time in Saudi Arabia and becoming the first Englishman to do so. Closing out the year by winning the PSA Masters, again in Delhi, ensured that Matthew was crowned 2010 PSA Player of the Year.

Nick has maintained his status within the sports peloton with subsequent career highlights including successfully defending his World Open title in 2011 and winning a record fifth British Nationals title and third British Open crown.

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Two time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew has announced that he will launch his Official Autobiography ‘Sweating Blood: My Life In Squash’ to coincide with the AJ Bell World Squash Championship to be staged in Manchester, England from the 26th October to 3rd November.