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The Sheffield-born world squash number one has confessed to big match nerves of a different kind ahead of his In Conversation With event at Sheffield Hallam University next month.

Nick Matthew, who reclaimed the world number one spot this month with a thrilling Tournament of Champions victory against fellow Yorkshireman, James Willstrop in New York, said the event on Thursday, March 1, starting at 7pm, would be a different challenge to squash - a sport he refers to as "physical chess".

He said: "It's good to be out of my comfort zone. I get big match nerves and know I need these to raise my game a bit - this experience will be a bit similar."

Nick, 31, a member of Hallamshire Squash Club on Ecclesall Road, is set to reveal some of the psychological tips he has used to rise to the top of his sport.

And he will also praise the sporting facilities and services provided in Sheffield - including those on offer from the University's Sport Hallam and sports psychology teams.

He said: "I'll be sharing some of the tips that have helped me become the world number one and talking about how good psychological, strength and conditioning work can help me stay there.

"It's great to be talking on my own home turf as Sheffield is blessed with such great facilities. This has enabled people like me and Jessica Ennis to be based here full-time and stay true to our roots."


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Sheffield-born and bred Nick first made the headlines in 2006 when, seeded six, he clinched the British Open title to become the first home-grown winner of the world’s most prestigious event for 67 years. He went on to claim the world-famous trophy again in 2009.

Last weekend he beat great rival James Willstrop to clinch a record-equalling 4th British National title.

Nick held the number 1 spot for the whole calendar year in 2011, becoming World Champion for a second time - the 1st player to achieve back to back World titles since Pakistan’s Jansher Khan 15 years ago.

Tickets for the event are free but must be booked in advance via the University's events page. Go to and click on forthcoming events.

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