ToC Update: Gaultier Injury Sends Matthew Through to Final
Last year’s runner up Nick Matthew has moved through to the final of the 2016 Men’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions after a serious injury to his opponent, World Champion Gregory Gaultier, handed the Englishman the win in New York’s Grand Central Terminal.
The match began on an even keel with the packed crowd looking forward to some exciting squash between the two players who had battled against each other 33 times previously on the PSA World Tour.
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However, with the score level at 3-3, Gaultier rolled his ankle painfully after contact with Matthew and was carried off the court in real distress. Despite receiving treatment, the Frenchman was unable to continue the match to ensure that Matthew will advance to face World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy for the distinction of lifting the prestigious title in a repeat of last year’s final.
“My heart goes out to Greg,” said Matthew.
“He’s in bad pain and he’s worried about how long he’s going to be out for. I’ve had that happen before in a match and it’s brutal. Injuries are the worst part of sport and you don’t want to win the match like that.
“The match had barely got going. We were feeling each other out on the first few points. I feel bad for everyone who came down to see a great match but that’s nothing to what I’m feeling for Greg because it’s his livelihood.
“He throws so much passion into the sport and it’s his life as it is for all of us. It’s tough for him right now. A lot of people don’t know but me and Greg are really close friends.
“We’re rivals on the court and we fight each other but we speak all the time and my heart goes out to him. I don’t really feel like celebrating too much right now. I’ll wake up tomorrow morning and look forward to a final but it’s not how I wanted to get there.
“I’ve got to take advantage of the fact that my legs will be fresh tomorrow and it will be my sixth Tournament of Champions final. I’m really proud of that record but I have only won one out of those five so far. I need to improve that ratio tomorrow.”
Result – Semi-Final: Men’s Tournament of Champions 2016
 Nick Matthew (ENG) bt  Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 1-0: 3-3 ret. (14m)
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