Luca Brecel slams "lazy" young British snooker stars

April 20, 2022
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Young British snooker hopefuls have been branded "so lazy" by World No. 11 Luca Brecel - who believes they only care about social media and money rather than the sport.

No home nation player under the age of 30 was seeded for the ongoing 2022 World Snooker Championship, which is something that hasn't happened in the 42 years since the 1980 showpiece.

Brecel, 27, who has two ranking tournament victories to his name and became the youngest player to ever compete at the Crucible back in 2012 at the age of just 17, doesn't see where the next young British star will emerge.

"For the new generation (of British players) it's all about social media and money," Brecel told the PA news agency.

"These days they all seem so lazy and it will be difficult for more players like (John) Higgins and (Mark) Williams to break through."

Although 22 of the 32 players in the first round of the draw are from the home nations, only Scotland's Scott Donaldson, Jamie Clarke and Jackson Page of Wales and England's Ashley Hugill are under the age of 30, none of whom were seeded.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Luca Brecel of Belgium reacts during his first round match against Ricky Walden of England during their first round match during day four of the World Snooker Championship at Crucible Theatre on April 23, 2018 in Sheffield, England.
Luca Brecel doesn't see where the next young British star will emerge.

Brecel believes that the format of the tournament has put off some of the up and coming talent from the British shores.

He added: "I've heard a lot of players complain about the 128 (draws) but I think you just need to get on with it.

"You must accept it's going to take a long time to be good at something. Impatience is the word."

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 22: Luca Brecel of Belgium celebrates with his trophy after the final match against Shaun Murphy of England on day seven of Evergrande 2017 World Snooker China Champion at Guangzhou Sport University on August 22, 2017 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China.
Luca Brecel, 27, has two ranking tournament victories to his name

In terms of his own tournament, 2021 UK Championship runner-up Brecel takes on Thailand's Noppon Saengkham in the first round, having failed to reach the first round in three years and never making it past that stage of the tournament.

He says: "I've got my problems out of the way on and off the table and I've had a different season this year. I feel like this year I've got my best chance to go far."

The winner of their clash will face the victor of Higgins vs Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

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