John Higgins angry over table - but earns revenge chance against Judd Trump

February 26, 2020
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The four-time world champion can go for some revenge over world No1 Trump after a 6-2 victory over fellow Scot Graeme Dott in Southport.

But an angry Higgins, 44, claimed Table Two was raised far higher at one end making it tough for “small people like me and Graeme”.

World No6 Higgins, chasing a 31st ranking title, said: “I don’t know what will happen to me for what I am going to say, but it was terrible, the table we were playing on there.

“It was packed up so high at the baulk end of the table.

"As soon as me and Graeme played a couple of shots each we said to each other ‘What is going on here?’

“It seemed to be packed about six inches higher compared to the bottom end and for the likes of me and Graeme – small people – it maybe affected us more than most.

“At 2-2 both of us were gutted the way we were performing.

"After the break I played a little bit better and Graeme stayed at that level but it could quite easily have been 6-2 to him.

“It was a tough match. It shouldn’t have been allowed, and it shouldn’t have been cleared by either the table fitters or World Snooker Tour.

“I don’t know what happened with Stephen Maguire and Ding Junhui on that table on Monday night, obviously Stephen is a bit taller but it must have affected Ding.

“If you put a couple of goalkeepers in football into bigger goals, the one who is 6ft 5ins is going to adapt better than the one who is 5ft 11ins.”

John Higgins was fuming with the snooker table

It was confirmed adjustments were required due to an uneven floor at the venue.

A World Snooker Tour spokesperson said: “We always try to provide the best possible playing conditions.

“Every venue presents its own unique challenges and we will take any feedback from the players on board.”

World champion Trump, 30, has beaten Higgins in their last five meetings, including last year’s Crucible final in Sheffield.

After beating Sunday’s Shootout winner Michael Holt 6-3 with breaks of 130, 64, 93, 75 and 76, Trump said: “It was a brilliant atmosphere out there.

“I have played John a lot this season and we have had some great games in the past. He used to give me some real beatings but I have got my own back a bit over the last 12 months.

“It is what you want, to get off to a good start in the tournament, and I felt in control pretty much all through the match.”

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