Snooker superstar Judd Trump wins 9-0 on pro pool debut at US Open in Atlantic City

September 14, 2021
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Judd Trump secured a perfect whitewash on his professional pool debut at the US Open in Atlantic City.

The former snooker world champion dominated the USA’s Joe Magee to win 9-0 as he quickly acclimatised to the new sport.

Trump borrowed cues from Bradford’s former world pool champion Karl Boyes and he dominated from the start, mastering the difficult break-off with ease.

fThe 32-year-old closed out several racks without letting his opponent take a shot, and Magee - who missed crucial opportunities early in the game as the Brit adjusted - even shook hands with Trump before he had potted the final nine-ball.

Judd Trump has swapped snooker, where he is the current No 2, for the pool table
Judd Trump has swapped snooker, where he is the current No 2, for the pool table

Trump, who will play Dhruvalkumar Patel of India on Tuesday, admitted he was inspired to succeed by 18-year-old Emma Raducanu’s heroics at her own US Open.

“What Emma did was incredible and the support she got is just great for British sport. It spurred me on to do well here in the US.

“It was nice to get my campaign up and running. The first couple of racks I was quite nervous, but when I could see he wasn’t a top, top player it gave me some confidence.

“Potting some good shots helped settle me down, and you’re always going to be happy with 9-0.

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Trump claimed the world snooker championship in 2019
Trump claimed the world snooker championship in 2019

“My break-off was pretty good. I won’t get too carried away, it is only the first round. Karl Boyes, my new coach… I’ll have a chat with him and see what I could do better.

“I always felt in control and didn’t miss any easy ones, which I was scared of. Maybe in the next match I’ll try a jump shot.

“This table played very well compared to the ones I was practicing on, and I just love being out there on the main table with a good crowd and the attention.

“It is a different atmosphere and type of pressure. It gets me out of my comfort zone. In snooker I am so confident in myself, and people expect me to clear up every time.”

Boyes revealed how the pair worked on Trump’s cue action ahead of the tournament, with a particular focus on the break-off shot.

The path from snooker to pool is well-trodden, with the likes of Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Alex Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan crossing codes.

Four-time and reigning snooker world champion Mark Selby has pool pedigree as he came from a UK eight-ball pool background in Leicester.

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