Dominating any sport is never easy at the highest level. Roger Federer and Tiger Woods are two professionals who have done so like no others in tennis and golf, respectively. One man who is being compared to those greats in his sport is snooker’s, Judd Trump.
The 31-year-old is the number one ranked player in the world and has won 22 ranking tournaments. In the 2019-20 campaign, he won six major events in one season, the highest ever recorded in the sport. Not even Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, or Ronnie O’Sullivan, three of the all-time greats, could achieve that feat at their best.
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Trump has already won five ranking events this season and there is still time for him to beat his own record before the season concludes in May. He is the favorite in the 2021 World Snooker Championship odds, a tournament he will want to win the most.
The World Championship is a 17-day marathon event. It is the toughest of all the competitions to win as if a player produces one bad session of snooker, it could be the end of the road for them in the event.
Juddernaut, as he is nicknamed, has won the event as the Crucible, the home of snooker, just once. He lifted the trophy in 2019 after beating John Higgins, one of the greatest cueists in the history of the sport. That was revenge for Trump as he lost to the Scotsman in the final eight years before that.
Although snooker does not receive the same coverage as golf and tennis do around the world, Trump’s achievement cannot be underestimated. His consistency is on a level very few in the world of sport can match today. He has developed a winning mentality where once he wins one event, his attention immediately turns to the next tournament.
Snooker Requires A Lot Of Concentration
Snooker is a game that demands a lot of concentration. One mistake at the table and the initiative is handed to a player’s opponent. Unlike other sports, there is nothing that can be done once a player misses, they have to go to their seat to a helpless position.
The sport, which is largely dominated by British and Chinese players at the moment, is as healthy as it has ever been, with prize money at an all-time high. The likes of O’Sullivan, Higgins, Mark Williams, and Mark Selby continue to perform at the highest level. Their experience helps them in big moments in the latter stages of tournaments where the pressure is really ramped up.
Trump is not the only young talented player in the game. Kyren Wilson, Yan Bingtao, and Jack Lisowski are all great talents who are looking to challenge in big events such as the World Snooker Championship, UK Championship, and Masters. There are also many other youngsters being inspired by what the number one ranked player in the world is doing.
Expect to see Trump at the top of his game for many years to come. He is on course for being the most successful player ever and that looks to be his motivation.