The 2018/2019 season now fully in swing, Matthew has been working very hard towards his goals for the rest of the season. He participated in the ITTF Portuguese Youth Open at the end of 2018, achieving second place in the group stage through defeating the higher ranked Al-Hajajl Abdulaziz from Qatar. Matthew also reached the last 32 in the Junior Boy’s doubles. In the Cardiff Grand Prix, Matthew gained a personal best in his Grand Prix performances to date, reaching the Quarter-finals of the Men’s singles, and the final of the U21 Men’s singles; both of which he had never previously reached.
Matthew has also been selected for the ITTF Challenge Series, in which he will participate in the Serbian, Slovenian and Croatian Open tournaments in May. Hopefully these should see him achieve both Senior and U21 world rankings; a lifelong goal. It will make Matthew also the only 18 year old table tennis player in England to achieve a Senior world rank since 2018, and one of the youngest players at the said tournaments.
Having played the 2018/2019 season for TTG Neckarbishofsheim in the Oberliga, Matthew is now looking to progress his game further, and is currently in talks with new clubs for the upcoming season. However, having worked very hard in Germany, Matthew will stay and train at Greunwettersbach again for the 2019/2020 season.