Kyren Wilson has angrily claimed snooker bosses are black-balling him from the main TV table – despite his lofty world No5 ranking.
The Warrior whitewashed Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham 4-0 at the English Open in Milton Keynes.
But Wilson, 29, was seething about being shunted on to table two at the expense of world No10 Ding Junhui from China.
The morning start meant the match involving Asian superstar would be shown at primetime in his home country - but Wilson says he is regularly overlooked and banished “to the sticks”.
Wilson fumed: “You have seen it there today, I am the higher-ranked player and I am on table two. I don’t know what’s going on there but it would be nice to have my fair share.
“It’s getting boring seeing the same faces every single session, and I might have to play naked to get on the main table!
“At some point these guys are going to retire, they won’t be where they are now.
“So maybe they should be giving me and others a bit of help to get our faces out there more and get new characters in the game. You won’t get that this way. So that’s a bit of a gripe.
“It feels like right now being world No5 stands for nothing. You are in the top bracket of the game but what does that mean if you’re out in the sticks all the time and not on the showbiz table.
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“I am looking to be back at the big Triple Crown tournaments again, and being back on table one.
“I seem to be spending all of my time on table two and table three and on the graveyard shifts.
“And I want to be back on table one where I feel like a world No5 should do. It does give you a huge advantage, as that table plays differently to all the other tables.
“So to keep getting put on table two it’s hard to keep going from one thing to another and adapting. I think the more I can get on there, the stronger I’ll be.
“It is one of the reasons that your top legends and the same faces are always doing well, because they are so used to it and so comfortable with it.”
World Snooker Tour confirmed that a player’s ranking does have a big bearing on which table they are put on for any given session.
However the governing body also stressed other factors can come into play - including commercial considerations.