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2006 World Champion Graeme Dott Reveals What Goes on in a Top Snooker Player’s Mind Off the Table…
Sportsmen and women are just people who have a special talent they’ve worked hard at honing for years. They all have lives and wives/husbands and trials and tribulations. The difference between a Champion and a non-Champion is the Champions are better at being able to put the rubbish happening off the table behind them and just focus on what’s going on on the table.
The 2006 World Champion revealed how he managed to cope with all the problems life threw at him and still win snooker tournaments such as the World Championship in his great autobiography Frame of Mind. What an insight!
If there is anyone in the game who deserved the 2006 World Snooker Championships, it was the man in question, the wee man from Scotland, “little Dotty” one of his nicknames. We all know he’s also called The Pocket Dynamo.
Last season he did great getting to two ranking finals: The Shootout and the German Masters. Testimony to the talent that he has, as well as his great temperament and ramrod cue action.
Off the table, he had a lot of bad luck in the beginning, and, considering the problems he was having to deal with, he did extremely well to focus on playing snooker at the time, which must have seemed secondary and unimportant.
Suffering from depression is tough for the best of them – but when you’re a snooker player – who already has a “solitary” life practicing down in clubs, then that must add extra pressure to come out and pretend everything is OK.
However, respect to Dott, who has battled through everything he’s had to and has managed to come out the other side. Respect.
This book is a great read as it not only focuses on Dott’s early life and how he became interested in wanting to play as a pro, but you also get a good insight into his frame of mind, exactly what the title of the book says on the tin.
You get a sense in the book that Dott is very critical of his own performances, (as all top players are) but you also get the feeling he beats himself up way too much. For example, in the book, he was critical of his performances in the World Finals, but he still managed to win one of them!
You also get an insight into how he feels about the game and what should be happening to improve snooker in general with more funding for Academies, especially in Scotland where he is from – something I agree with.
Friends and Friends?
The last chapter is quite interesting with him talking briefly about what he thinks of his fellow players, always interesting to know what they think of each other on and off the table.
Although some would say an autobiography should be written at the end of someone’s career, this is a worthy read because I think it’s important as a snooker fan and a fan of Dott to understand a little bit more about them off the table. And it’s an insight indeed!
And Dott hasn’t finished yet!
Well done to Dott for winning the 2006 World title, and his comeback in the 2017/18 season and let’s hope he gets back to the top 16 soon, he’s a too good a player not to be in the 16. At the moment at the time of writing this, Dott is 22nd in the World rankings.
Get the lowdown on the 2006 World Champion yourself, by clicking here…