Snooker: Mark Williams trolls BBC pundit behind his back

April 20, 2022
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Three-time World Snooker Champion Mark Williams was on hand to judge the thoughts of fellow professional Joe Perry while practising with upcoming opponent Jackson Page ahead of their second-round meeting at the Crucible Theatre this week.

The Welsh duo have opted to continue training together in the practice room despite being drawn to face one another in Sheffield following first round wins against Michael White and Barry Hawkins respectively.

And although BBC Sport pundit and reigning Welsh Open champion Perry didn't see the practice routine as being an issue before the upcoming clash, Williams looked stern in his assessment.

Perry said: "It is unusual, considering it doesn't come up very often, but you know, Mark Williams, it's not going to change the result."

With Williams hearing his name and standing just behind the pair in the practice room, fellow pro Perry justified his opinion.

He added: "It's not going to change the way things pan out, so it's just one of them things. Not everyone would do it... but as we know Mark is a little bit different to the others."

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Mark Williams showed little emotion as he took a break from training with protege and upcoming opponent Jackson Page
Mark Williams showed little emotion as he took a break from training with protege and upcoming opponent Jackson Page

With presenter Rishi Persad adding with a laugh: "It's very intimidating, less so for Jackson of course. They know each other very well, both players through to the second round."

That incident comes after Williams, 47, blasted seven-time champion Stephen Hendry as an "idiot" for his views on the matter, with the Scot saying that protege Page should "stay away".

Having recently described his countryman as being like a son to him, Page, 20, said in response: "I'm proud, definitely - they're nice words for Mark to say.

Presenter Rishi Persad and pundit Joe Perry were approached by Mark Williams
Presenter Rishi Persad and pundit Joe Perry then got on with the show as Mark Williams resumed his practise

"Apart from practising together obviously, we go for food, play golf, have a game of cards, bingo. We have a good laugh - it's been like that for years."

In their only previous meeting, Williams won 4-1 at the 2020 Scottish Open. The winner of their contest will face either Mark Selby or Yan Bingtao in the quarter-finals.

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