Snooker star Shaun Murphy 'can't finish a coffee' after life-changing surgery

October 25, 2022
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Snooker star Shaun Murphy has revealed he 'can't finish a coffee' after undergoing life-changing surgery. Earlier this year, Murphy had a gastric sleeve operation in his stomach having suffered with mental health issues in regard to his weight.

The operation means he is now only able to eat and drink in small quantities. Most notably, the Englishman revealed he is now unable to finish a cup of coffee, and struggles to drink a full pint of Guinness. Speaking on the BBC Sport's Framed Podcast, he said: "I can now eat whatever I want, but I can literally eat very, very little of it.

"I couldn't tell you the last time I finished a coffee as I can't physically take that much liquid in one go - if I sit there with a pint of Guinness, I'll still be sipping away at my first pint while everyone else is on their third.

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"So I can still do all the same things. But whereas I would have eaten the whole packet of biscuits before and then been looking for a packet of crisps, that's me done." Murphy revealed he opted to go ahead with the surgery having 'the bottom of his mental health' amid his weight issues.

Bravely opening up, the 40-year-old said: "I just wish I had done it 20 years ago, because it does feel as if it's changed my life for the better.

"I've struggled with my weight all my life. I was the fat kid in school, I feel like I've been dieting ever since I was 15, probably younger, and I just reached the end of my tether with it. I'd reached the bottom of my mental health, I was on the ground.



Murphy opened up on his mental health struggles
Murphy opened up on his mental health struggles

"I was very close to going to the doctor about depression, anxiety, not being able to go out, because I was getting shouted at in the street." Revealing he was also the target of online trolling, Murphy went on: "On social media people were sending me horrific messages and comments and direct messages on Instagram and Twitter.

"And in the end I just thought, I need to do something about this, this is going to be the end of me, mentally and possibly physically." The snooker star is now looking forward post-operation, admitting that despite the effects, the surgery is going to have a positive effect on his life and the rest of his career on the table.

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Murphy is hoping the surgery will benefit his career
Murphy is hoping the surgery will benefit his career

"An added bonus to that [the surgery] is that it is going to have a knock-on effect on all aspects of my life, including my career. From the basic point of being able to bend over the table better, being able to get lower to the shot. If you're carrying any extra weight that becomes quite difficult.

"The Crucible this year was a classic example. It's quite a funny clip actually, in my match against Stephen Maguire, and I fouled the ball with my cufflink. But that was because I couldn't reach over the table. If you're backstage, listening to the MC waiting to be introduced and your shirt doesn't fit, your waistcoat and trousers are too tight, it just puts you in completely the wrong mindset...

"Really the only target I've yet to achieve is getting to the top of the rankings, I've never been able to say I'm world number one," he added. I've got a pretty clean slate in terms of rankings for the next few seasons and if I can get my act together and start putting some balls in pockets again, I could start climbing the ladder."

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