Snooker news: Judd Trump: would rather retire than change his style of play

2020 Coral World Grand Prix - Day 4

Judd Trump does it his way or no way at all (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)

Judd Trump would sooner put his snooker cue away for good than relinquish his flamboyant style of play.

The 30-year-old has worked his way to world number one and reigning world champion by playing a thrilling brand of snooker and playing shots that many other professionals simply cannot replicate.

The Juddernaut’s game has evolved from the all-out-attack of 2011 when he reached the World Championship final as a 21-year-old, developing an impressive safety game, which he can rely on when required.

However, he never intends to renege on his principles of aggression and entertainment for the crowd and would sooner look for another job than become a ‘really tactical player.’

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‘You need variety in sport, that’s what makes it,’ Trump told WST of his crowd-pleasing approach. ‘If everyone played that style, people will get bored.

‘For me, it’s something I enjoy doing. I’m never going to change my game to end up being a really tactical player as I get older.

‘I think I’d rather just fall off the tour and go and do something else than do that.

‘In my head, ever since I’ve been young, I’ve always had the crowd in my head: what are they thinking? Are they enjoying it?

‘I always want to put on a show for them and it’s always in the back of my head when I’m playing that I don’t want anyone to be bored watching me and I always want to entertain the people watching at home.’

Trump’s ability to play a seemingly reckless style with such success has seen those in the game say he has taken the sport to a whole new level.

1985 world champion Dennis Taylor told Metro.co.uk: ‘Judd has probably taken it to the next level now, he’s playing shots that nobody has ever played. It’s quite incredible.

‘The standard has improved because there’s so many playing to a high standard now.’

Ken Doherty, the 1997 world champ, agrees, telling the Irish Mirror: ‘Judd’s gone to the next level now, if he keeps grounded who knows what he can achieve?

‘It’s there for him to dominate. ‘He can become as good as Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry if keeps levelheaded and keeps working. He’s a fabulous talent.’

Trump will begin the defence of his World Championship title on 31 July at the Crucible.

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