World No 1 on home turf

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SHEFFIELD’S world number one, Nick Matthew, will be leading the home charge at next week’s ROWE British Grand Prix Championship at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

The tournament, from September 19 to 25, has attracted 16 of the world’s top 20 players, including six former world number ones and seven Englishmen ranked in the world top 30.

Matthew said: “It always means a lot to win any event, especially one which is at home at somewhere you are comfortable and have a lot of fond memories.”

Matthew has happy memories of the all-glass showcourt at the National Squash Centre. He won the British Grand Prix in 2006 as well as a number of other prestigious titles including three British National Championships and the second of his two British Open crowns in 2009.