Judd Trump is hoping to draw on his domination of the snooker world when he aims for victory on a much smaller table later this month.
The 2019 World Snooker Champion is heading across the pond to America’s Atlantic City with a quest to make his mark as he takes part in the US Open Pool Championship.
The 32-year-old says he is fulfilling a childhood dream by heading out to the States to compete in the event, and insists he is not just there to make up the numbers.
Having won 11 major tournaments in the last two years, Trump is hopeful he can add another success to a very impressive haul.
He said: “For the US Open, I’m not just going to take part. It will be to try and win the event. I will give it my absolute all and to see what I can do with myself.
“It’s something I’ve always felt I wanted to do, see how good I can be at pool. But I am not under the illusion that I will go there and blow everyone away.
“I know the breaking off and tactical side of things is going to be tricky for me – there are a lot of things that can go wrong.
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“However I will be one of the players who can play with a smile on my face with a lot more freedom and enjoyment, because it isn’t the be-all and end-all for me.”
While snooker icons of the past including Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Alex Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan have all made the switch in the past, Trump is the first snooker pro in a long time to try his hand at nine-ball in the US.
Though Mark Selby, the man who leapfrogged him into the world number one spot last month, is also an accomplished eight-ball pool player and remains the only man to have been a world champion in both pool and snooker.
Trump is going to fulfil a personal dream by taking part in the tournament, but hopes it can also help raise the profile of snooker as a whole across the pond.
He said: “The US Open has got the most heritage and prestige to it, it’s been around a long time. If you are going to win one tournament, it’s this one.
“For me, that’s what kind of attracted me, to go in at the deep end, going in at the biggest event and see what I can do.
“Of course I don’t want to make a fool of myself, that will add some pressure. In the snooker I know what I am capable of and have that belief while in pool I don’t know what’s going to happen.
“And it would be great to make some Americans take a closer look at snooker too.”
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