Judd Trump backs himself over Ronnie O'Sullivan: 'I'm the best when I play my best'

September 29, 2022
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2022 Cazoo British Open - Day 3
Judd Trump can get back to world number one this weekend (Picture: Getty Images)

Judd Trump feels like his best snooker is better than any other player’s as he looks to return to the top of the world rankings at the British Open.

The Ace is only behind Ronnie O’Sullivan in the world rankings and he will leapfrog the world champion if he lifts the British Open trophy on Sunday, which would see him pocket £100,000 in the process.

The 33-year-old has beaten Dean Young and Si Jiahui to reach the last 32 in Milton Keynes so there is plenty more work to do, but he looks to be playing well and is certainly sounding confident.

The 2019 world champion played alongside the rest of the top four players in the world rankings at the weekend – O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson and Mark Selby – at the World Mixed Doubles and asked how he feels he compares to that trio of greats, he believes it is very favourably.

‘I feel like on my day, as everyone probably would say, I feel like I’m the best when I play my best,’ Trump told WST. ‘I feel no one’s game can live up to mine, but I’m sure the others would say the same.

‘I think snooker is in a healthy place. Mark Selby is looking like he is back to his best, he played brilliantly over the weekend. It’s just good for snooker.’

Selby certainly does look like he has found form again, after a disjointed season last time around as he focused on improving his mental health.

The four-time world champion is already into the last 16 in Milton Keynes where he will take on Jack Lisowski on Thursday evening.

Trump is hoping that it will be him and not the Jester from Leicester who is lifting the trophy on Sunday, though, and regaining the number one spot from the Rocket.

‘It would be nice to get to number one off the back of winning a tournament, rather than just a ranking change, that would give me an extra sense of achievement,’ he said.

‘Any time you get to number one is a special achievement.’

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