2018 DWT

• Canary Wharf Squash Classic • 5th to 9th March 2018 • London •  

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  MATTHEW OUT
02-Mar:
Hamstring Injury sees defending champion Matthew withdraw

Six-time Canary Wharf Classic champion Nick Matthew has been forced to pull out of the 2018 edition of the tournament due to a hamstring injury.

The 37-year-old, who will retire at the end of this season, is a crowd favourite at London’s East Wintergarden and was in line to make his final appearance at the prestigious tournament but will now miss out on defending his title.

“It’s with a heavy heart I’ve decided today to withdraw from the Canary Wharf Classic," said Matthew.

"It is one of my favourite tournaments on the Tour, the atmosphere is second to none and I've always had a fantastic welcome in London, which has led to some memories to cherish on court.

"However, I felt an old hamstring injury resurface during the National Championships final and, with Chicago [the Windy City Open] last week, I haven’t had the necessary time to fully shake it off.

"With the Commonwealth Games in April fast approaching, I have been advised by my team to lean on the side of caution and make sure I’m fully recovered and prepared for the Gold Coast.

"I wish [Tournament Promoter] Tim Garner and all of the players the best of luck with the event. I know the tournament will continue to go from strength to strength and I am gutted I can’t be there this time.”


Matthew’s withdrawal means that Egypt’s Tarek Momen replaces him as the number four seed and will take on a qualifier, while Matthew’s compatriot - World No.17 Daryl Selby - moves up to the number eight seeded position and he will play Australia’s Cameron Pilley.

Meanwhile, Colombia’s former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez moves into the main draw from qualifying and he will go head-to-head with World Championship runner-up Marwan ElShorbagy in round one.


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