Judd Trump was in a reflective mood as he lost his world No 1 status on Thursday after defeat to Elliot Slessor at the British Open.
Trump came unstuck in the round of 32, losing 3-2 against the world No 49 at Leicester’s Morningside Arena , meaning world champion Mark Selby returned to the top of snooker’s echelons for the first time since March 2019.
To make matters worse for Trump, his defeat and relinquishing of the No 1 crown came on his 32nd birthday – with Slessor progressing to the last-16 where he will take on Ali Carter on Friday evening.
To add more insult to injury for Trump, Selby has returned to top spot having lost 3-0 himself at the same stage on Thursday against Carter – with a quirk in the rankings costing him.
The International Championship ranking points from two years ago, the tournament he won in 2019, have been taken off during this event, so he has taken a hit.
Trump has held the top ranking since all the way back in August 2019, going from strength-to-strength following his first world title triumph in Sheffield three months prior.
And after the news of Trump losing his grip on top spot, the 32-year-old Englishman admitted there wasn’t anything else he could really do.
“There is nothing I can do. I’ve won enough tournaments to be world number one,” Trump told ITV on Thursday following his disappointing loss.
“There’s only so many tournaments you can win. I’ve won 11 in the last two years and I’m not number one, so hard lines.”
On the defeat itself, Trump admitted he never got going so was always fighting a losing battle in Leicester.
“It was a scrappy game, couldn’t really get any rhythm going so it was tough in the end,” Trump added.
“I felt like Elliot had a bit of run here and there, it’s just that type of thing that’s the difference between winning and losing.
“I said it from the first game I’ve struggled with the table, I thought it was very heavy from the start. I’ve watched a lot of the games and they’ve been very scrappy, I think everyone’s struggling.”
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