JUDD TRUMP has been entered into snooker’s illustrious Hall of Fame for 2021.
The 31-year-old Ace in the Pack, winner of five ranking events this season, won the coveted award along with scooping this year’s Player of the Year Award for the third consecutive season.
He also recorded a record-breaking six ranking events last season along with scooping the 2019 Masters and World Championship.
On Facebook, he wrote:
I am deeply honoured to be recognised by both World Snooker Tour and fans alike with these awards for Player of the Year and Fans’ Player of the Year. Being also inducted into the Snooker Hall of Fame joining a list of Snooker Legends is especially humbling for me. Snooker is my life, not just my career and I am so proud to be a part of the past, present and future of the sport. I hope to inspire young players to dream big.
He added: Winning is great but the support of fans is priceless.
That puts him in with the likes of Seven-time World Champion Stephen Hendry, and the current World Champion Mark Selby, who is also in the Hall of Fame for his four time World Champion status along with John Higgins.
BRANDON PARKER ALSO ENTERED INTO SNOOKER’S HALL OF FAME
There are over 30 names on the list, and along with Judd Trump, Brandon Parker was also added in 2021 for his services to snooker after dying last year at the tender age of 55.
Joe and Fred Davis were the very first names on the Hall of Fame list.
With a heavy and broken heart, the family have given me their permission to let you guys know that my best friend and big part of the snooker family – Brandon Parker, lost his fight with Cancer today and passed away this afternoon 💔 pic.twitter.com/XBU71zEd1X
— Shaun Murphy (@Magician147) July 18, 2020
Parker had managed some top-level players including Matthew Stevens, Shaun Murphy and Kyren Wilson. He had also been a manager of the protege Paul Hunter, who died of cancer in 2006.
Parker had quit the Science industry in the 90s to manage a snooker management company called Wheels in Motion and later he would go on to found the Paul Hunter Foundation, to which Paul had urged him to set up in a bid to get more youngsters into play snooker and hone their talents.
The German Masters was named in Parker’s honour last year.
Former World Snooker Tour Chairman Barry Hearn tweeted upon Parker’s tragic death:
The passing of my friend Brandon Parker has sadden all of us at World Snooker. He more than anyone was instrumental in my return to Snooker ten years plus ago and without his support ,energy and ideas we would not be the sport we are today. A real friend who will be much missed.
— Barry Hearn (@BarryHearn) July 18, 2020
The full Hall of Fame list is available on the WPBSA website…