Snooker star Judd Trump forced to borrow rival's waistcoat after airport misery

August 18, 2022
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Losing one's luggage is an inconvenience at the best of times, but all the more when you're on the eve of an international competition.

Judd Trump discovered as much first-hand after revealing British Airways misplaced his bags flying to Furth in Germany for this week's European Masters. And he'll have wished he kept more essentials in his hand luggage after it emerged his waistcoat was among the missing items.

Snooker regulations demand a 'tailored waistcoat' is worn during competition, along with trousers, a shirt and bow or neck tie. As a result, Trump was forced to get creative with the resources at his disposal in order to play his first-round match against Noppon Saengkham.

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That's where rival Xiao Guodong stepped in and spared Trump's blushes by loaning him his waistcoat for the opening round. The two-time European Masters-winner at least made it to the competition with his cue in tow but needed some additional help to meet the clothing criteria.

"It’s Xiao Guodong’s," said Trump when asked about the waistcoat following a 5-2 win over Saengkham. "I was going to wear Stuart Bingham’s, but it didn’t quite fit me.

"We managed to scramble some stuff together, a bit of this and that. I was walking about the shops for about three hours this morning trying to find some clothes. In the end I managed to do a good job. It is quite difficult playing in clothes you aren’t comfortable in, but I managed to get through that game."

Trump was in a sticky situation ahead of the European Masters
Trump was in a sticky situation ahead of the European Masters

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'The Juddernaut' described it as "a lonely feeling seeing everyone with their suitcase walking to the bus, while I’m the only one without mine." It hasn't affected his performances, however, as the No. 3 seed beat Ashley Hugill 5-3 on Wednesday to reach the last 32.

China's Guodong, 33, is also through following a walkover win against Iranian Hossein Vafaei in the last 64. Vafaei was expected to prove a challenge in Germany but failed to arrive at the tournament due to a visa issue.

With his wardrobe concerns a thing of the past, Trump will be out to impress again when he faces Andrew Higginson on Thursday afternoon. Trump has triumphed in 11 of their 13 encounters to date, with 'The Widnes Warrior' having failed to win in this fixture since a 2009 Masters qualifying event.


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