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Amazing Judd Trump Creates Snooker History in 2020…

And he’s become the ultimate modern snooker winning machine…

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The magic sixth! Trump didn’t have an audience to show off his record-breaking sixth ranking title of the 2019/2020 season. Shame.

Judd Trump has completed an incredible feat on the modern snooker circuit.

The 30-year-old Ace in the Pack has lifted six ranking titles in one season – a huge feat considering the depth of the tour now.

Four players, Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ding Junhui, and Mark Selby have all won five ranking events.

A few weeks ago, Trump had added his name to that illustrious list. But has gone one better.

No handshakes. Only thumbs-ups or elbows.

Despite the sedate setting in Gibraltar, where the players had to play behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, the cream eventually rose to the top after a long week on the Rock.

There were no handshakes, just thumbs-ups or elbows.

It was the likes of three-times World Champion Mark Williams and Kyren Wilson who were in the last four, as the Warrior got the better of the Welsh Potting Machine to book a meeting with the Ace in the Pack, who scraped through a tough match with China’s Xiao Guodong.

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Kyren Wilson made a ton reply in frame 2 letting Judd know he was about in the final.

The final, a best of 7, kicked off with three centuries in three frames, with Trump making two and Kyren one.

There were a couple of scrappy affairs in between, but it was Judd who also made a 144 to claim the highest break of the event, pinching £5K off his pal Jack Lisowski.

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Judd Trump won the European BetVictor Series Cup over the four events listed.

The Juddernaut, who won his 17th ranking title, claimed the £50K prize and nicked the £150,000 bonus off Neil Robertson, who was on course to claim the BetVictor European Series Cup.

He’s won 9 ranking events in under two years!

There were no interviews after as custom during the presentation.

 

 

 

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Judd Trump Becomes One of the Famous Five in 2020…

It’s been a fairytale 16 months for Judd Trump.

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Trump has won well over 700K in prize money this season. Last he topped £1 million…

The 30-year-old Ace in the Pack has scooped 8 ranking events in that time and has become one of the famous five who’ve won five ranking events in one season.

He joins Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby and Ding Junhui as a tiny elite who’ve accomplished this incredible feat of winning.

Trump’s fifth came over the weekend at the Coral Players Championship as he defeated 20-year-old Chinese talent Yan Bingtao cruising to a 10 -4 win.

All the hard work had been done in the first session as Trump came out on top 6 – 2, but Yan won the last frame of the session with a 95 break to give himself a squeak going into the second session.

The second session started with a slightly nervy Trump, as Yan knocked in a 77, winning the first two, but then Trump went through the gears and found the form to win comfortably in the end.

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Can Judd break the dreaded Crucible curse in 2020?

Let’s not forget the sterling season of Yan Bingtao. The Chinese youngster won his first ranking title in Riga at the Riga Masters, and he said after – aided by manager Victoria Shi, who runs the Victoria Snooker Academy in Sheffield, said Bingtao had no regrets this season and was happy with his win in Riga.

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He’s on the up: Bingtao will probably be seeded as one of the top 16 at the Crucible…

Trump’s spoils this season…

  • 2019 Northern Ireland Open
  • 2019 International Championship
  • 2019 World Open
  • 2020 German Masters
  • 2020 Coral Players Championship

Prior to that, Judd had scooped the 2019 World Championship, the Coral World Grand Prix, and the 2018 Northern Ireland Open.

Stephen Hendry was the youngest ever World Champion at 21, and then went onto win five ranking events in the 1990/91 season. He couldn’t retain the World title though in 91 and that went to John Parrott.

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Trump has joined the famous five club with the likes of Stephen Hendry (pictured right) and Ronnie O’Sullivan…

Although there are a lot more events now, Trump’s win is as incredible as ever because of the depth in talent on the tour, and the number of events now on offer. With three ranking events left this season, including the World Championship, there’s a BIG possibility of Trump becoming the first player to win six in a season.

The last in the Coral series begins on the 17th March with the Tour Championship by the seaside in Llandudno, Wales. 

Here’s a visual of who’s won how many so far…

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Watch: Steve Davis explains Judd Trump’s unorthodox cueing at the 2018 World Championships…

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The Ace Judd Trump is top of the deck – again…

Judd Trump has bagged his 15th ranking title in Germany and his seventh over 12 months and his fourth this season in 2019/2020.

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Es ist eine harte Schule: It’s a tough school.

The Ace, 30, defeated Neil Robertson 9 – 6 in the BetVictor German Masters in a thrilling final as it saw Judd get some revenge for being narrowly beaten in the Champion of Champions final last year.

Robertson, 37, who was on to win back to back ranking titles after winning the European Masters just over a week ago, couldn’t overcome Trump’s safety in key frames as Judd won most of the tactical battles.

At four each it was looking perfectly poised to go all the way, but Judd went up a gear. He managed to finish out the match in style with a ton in the last frame he needed to bag his first German Master’s title.

He had been runner-up in 2014 to Ding Junhui.

Watch Neil Robertson’s Cue Action Analysis by Snooker Pro Club – Now…

Trump’s Triumphs in 2019/2020

So far, this season, Judd has bagged:

  • The International Championship
  • The World Open
  • Northern Ireland Open
  • German Masters

Only Stephen Hendry has performed better in a season after winning the World title at 21 in 1990 where he won five titles.

His five ranking titles included:

  • Grand Prix
  • Asian Open
  • Dubai Classic
  • UK Championship
  • British Open

In fact, the six-time World Champion Hendry could have won six that season after winning the first World title as he was runner-up in The Classic, losing to Jimmy White in the final.

Although, there are more ranking events now, and there’s a greater depth of talent winning just one ranking event now is tough.

But Trump definitely has the game to win at least one more ranking title this season, which could, you never know, be his second World title!

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Back to back finals was a great achievement for Robertson…

Robertson paid tribute to Judd after and said: “sometimes, you have to hold your hand up and say well played.”

Will they or won’t they play in Shootout?

Trump said he thought his safety was top-notch, and he said you have to make sure your game is tight as you know that Neil can clear up when in.

The £150,000 for coming top in the BetVictor series is still on for both Judd and Neil if they decide to play in the Shootout.

Judd said he wasn’t sure if he’d play in it although he joked he probably would just to take the money off Neil. Had Neil won he would have been guaranteed the bonus.

Trump bagged 80K for this event, and so far has trousered 621K since the start of the 2019/2020 season.

There is no rest for the wicked as the Coral series of events gets underway this week in Cheltenham with the World Grand Prix and, yes, that man of the moment Judd Trump is defending the title!

You wouldn’t bet against the Ace to go all the way again at the races. 

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Snooker’s top 10 money earners ending 2019

So, as 2019 ends, who has landed in the top 10 on the money list during what has been a fascinating year of top-class snooker and the 2019/2020 season so far? 

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Top of the earnings and the leader of the pack in 2019…Judd Trump

Naturally, with Judd Trump winning the World Championship in May, and then in the 2019/2020 season winning three ranking events, (still much more to be played) the 30-year-old Juddernaut from Bristol is currently on top in this season’s money earnings at 526K.

The other nine are as follows:

  • Shaun Murphy – he came runner-up in the Shanghai Masters early on in the season, and he’s in the second spot with 375K after a BIG win in the China Championship.

 

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan – The Rocket claimed the Invitational event the Shanghai Masters early on, and reached a final of the Northern Ireland Open. He’s third with over 294K.

 

  • Mark Selby – A two-time ranking event winner so far, and climbing back up the rankings, the Jester from Leicester is currently in fourth with a nice 285K.
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How will Ding get on in 2020 after he landed a BIG UK win in 2019?

 

  • Ding Junhui – The UK Champion by way of his mega 200K win in York sees him land the fifth spot. Ding’s UK win has set him back on the path to confidence and a prospect of being just as successful in 2020. With the Masters coming up in January, there’s a good chance that Ding is one of the favorites now, especially as Ronnie O’Sullivan will not be in the line-up.
  • Neil Robertson – Although the talented Australian was crowned the 2019 Champion of Champions Champion, Neil’s success in ranking events has so far in the 2019/2020 season eluded him. But his CofC helped him to the sixth spot with 262K earned so far.
  • Stephen Maguire – Stephen’s fantastic performance to get to the final of the UK Championship against Ding was one of the underrated highlights of the season so far, but it cements his place in the top 10 to end 2019 in the seventh spot with 238K.
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A brilliant run in York for the “on fire Maguire”. He also won the Six Reds beating John Higgins and was Team Scotland with John in the World Cup…

 

  • Mark Allen – The Pistol from Northern Ireland has been one of the most consistent players of the season in reaching a string of semi-finals, but so far has yet to break a final duck to win. Having said that, Allen is definitely one to watch as the season continues to unfold, as his consistency means he will near enough be at the business end of tournaments in the New Year.

John Higgins – The 44-year-old Wizard of Wishaw has yet to claim a ranking title since the 2018 Welsh Open, and is sitting on 30 ranking titles. But, you just never know with John. Despite being in three World Championship finals in a row, you just never know when the next BIG win for John will be around the corner. A good win at the World Cup with his buddy Maguire, and some consistent result, he’s in ninth spot with 178K so far.

  • Yan Bingtao: In at number 10! The Chinese teenager Yan, a potential heir to Ding in the future, won his first ranking event at Riga this season. He appears on the list for that very reason. We can probably expect more from Yan in 2020 if he gets his head down and dedicates his time to becoming a multiple winner in the game. The first ranking event win may well have given him the confidence to win more. He almost came good in the UK semi-finals, losing to Ding Junhui, whom he would have learned a lot from in that match, and, indeed, the tournament. His earnings for the 2019 end going into 2020 are 145K and counting…

Thanks to the CueTracker website for the money stats et al…

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Judd Trump’s Triple Hopes Dashed in York…

World Champion Judd Trump’s hopes of scooping three majors in one year were dashed yesterday by 54-year-old Nigel Bond. 

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The 30-year-old winner of the Masters in January, and the World Championship in May, had high hopes of coming into the UK Championship as the hot favourite to lift a second UK title and be the fourth player to win all three majors in a year.

But it was an in-form and surprising performance from Bond, a 1996 British Open winner who rolled back the years with some dazzling snooker.

Trump said after he wasn’t surprised by the win as “Nigel was and is a good player”.

Bond said on the BBC after that doing a sideline of coaching all around the world was a “good distraction.”

He said he can’t do six hours a day practice now, but having a few frames with the younger ones at the Sheffield Academy was OK for him.

TRUMP NOT SHAKEN OR STIRRED…

Bond has the chance to reach a ranking event quarter-final since 2008 the China Open. But his last UK Championship best finish was in 2003!

The UK Championship runs until Sunday 8th December and Ronnie O’Sullivan could now be the favourite to lift a 20th Major Triple Crown.

Mark Williams, the 2018 World Champion was knocked out early by Welsh compatriot Michael White.

2005 World finalist and Welshman Matthew Stevens is also having a good run in York reaching Round 4.

Bond could play either Gary Wilson or Joe Perry in R4. Wilson also made history in York with four centuries on the bounce in a best of 11 match.

 

And Barry Hawkins made the highest break of the event, a 147, and takes away the 15K prize unless someone else doesn’t make another maximum before the close on Sunday.

That’s the fourth 147 of the season, but still requires 16 more before there’s a share of a £1 million prize pot!

The UK tournament top prize is a hefty 200K. 

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Can Judd Trump Make it 3?

The 2019 Betway UK Championship starts tomorrow in York as Ronnie O’Sullivan defends the 2018 edition he won as Champion. 

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Coming into the event as a hot favourite is the 2019 World Snooker Champion Judd Trump, who will be seeking to put the icing on the cake for 2019 with a win in York to make it three triple crowns in one year.

His first-round match will be an interesting one as he faces the new addition to the tour, the Moroccan player Amine Amiri, whose pro career, like many these days, hasn’t started off well as he lost to Barry Hawkins 4 – 0 in the 2019 English Open.

Unfortunately, Amiri also faces the World Champion in the event after this one, in the Home Nations in Scotland as well.

It will be an interesting event this one, as Ronnie O’Sullivan will be looking to make it 20 majors to cement his crown further as officially the best snooker player on the planet – despite a confident and in-form Judd Trump being the best in the world this year.

Who will fall first in York?

However, remember, there are 126 other players in the event, and it could well be two weeks of shocks, tears and joy for some of the lower-ranking players on the tour at the Barbican.

Other notable draws to keep an eye on in the first round, include:

Mark Selby v Andy Hicks.

The Jester from Leicester last year was knocked out by James Cahill, who then a few months after went and knocked out Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round in Sheffield.

Cahill will face World Championship semi-finalist David Gilbert this time around.

Hicks regained his tour card to be a pro, and can still be a tough starter for anyone.

Mark Allen v Jimmy White: 

Fresh from his Champion of Champion’s appearance against Ronnie, Jimmy White faces last year’s runner-up Mark Allen, and Jimmy’s re-invigorated performance in Coventry may well offer a boost in confidence for York against the Pistol.

Matches are ALL best of 11 until the final, which is the best of 19 and the tournament ends on the Sunday 8th December. 

Two weeks of snooker fever, then four days after, possibly ELECTION DEPRESSION…

 

 

 

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Judd Trump bags a whopping 504K this season in 2019 so far…

World Champion Judd Trump rolled to yet another title this season – claiming the 2019 19.com Northern Ireland Open title defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan 9 – 7 in a top-quality final. 

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Three finals in three weeks for Judd Trump…

The 30-year-old’s prize money total for this current season so far has just topped the half-a-million mark as the Ace in the Pack has claimed three big titles already.

Judd started off the season winning the International Championship in Daqing, then, a few months later won the World Open but a few weeks ago. Now, he claimed his second Northern Ireland Open, defending the title from last season and becoming the first player to successfully defend a Home Nations title.

Squeezed in between that was his final appearance in the elite Champion of Champions final against Neil Robertson where he only narrowly lost 10 – 9!.

Three finals in three weeks.

He bagged 70K for the win in Belfast and lifted the Alex Higgins trophy.

It was fitting that two of the World’s best appeared in the final again, as Ronnie was potentially on for a 37th ranking title, which would have put him on top of the list of ranking wins – beating Stephen Hendry’s 36.

Ronnie will be defending his UK Championship in York in a week or so time.

But Judd will have ideas of scooping the treble in York by becoming the fourth player to win snooker’s triple crown’s all in one year, including two in a season – that being the Masters, UK and World Championship.

Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams have won the triple crown in the same year of two seasons.

It’s rare for current World Champions to have so much success in the season after scooping the World title, especially their first. Judd has got better and better since the World final where he steam-rollered John Higgins.

Ironically, the Juddernaut played John Higgins in the semi-finals in Belfast and outplayed John yet again in every department.

Trump is getting better and better…

Judd is riding the crest of a wave at moment, but it doesn’t look like his form will dip just yet.

York will be the next BIG test for Judd.

Watch as coach Steve Barton explains how to do Judd Trump’s impressive exhibition black he made against John Higgins in the semi-finals below.

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How long will Judd Trump Ace the Pack after 2019?

The world of snooker…

Are waiting with bated breath to find out if there really is a genuine replacement for Ronnie O’Sullivan at the top of the sport.

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30-year-old Brit, Judd Trump finally secured his maiden World Championship title at the Crucible in May, demolishing veteran, John Higgins 18-9 to take the world crown with plenty to spare. That performance led to seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry’s proclamation that Trump could establish a new “era of dominance” in the years to come.

Judd Trump has taken snooker to another level, says the Rocket.

That view was shared by former world number-one, Ronnie O’Sullivan, who believes Trump’s talent has taken snooker “to another level” and made the game more accessible to beginners.

It has been an incredible 2019 for Trump. Aside from becoming a world champion for the first time, he’s also bagged the UK Masters title and more recently claimed the International Championship title in China.

It’s the first time since 2008 that a player has been able to follow up their World Championship success at the Crucible by winning their first tournament of the new season. The last man to achieve that feat? None other than Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Shades of the “Rocket” in Judd Trump’s performances

Caption: Has O’Sullivan’s time at the top come to an end due to the rise of Trump?

Some of Trump’s contemporaries, like Mark Selby (pictured) have compared his game to that of O’Sullivan. Selby remarked that Trump goes for more shots than most – and that includes O’Sullivan. It’s perhaps for that reason, and his newfound confidence, that most sports books have put Trump as the early favorite for the 2020 World Championship.

Away from the game, Trump is rather more unassuming than O’Sullivan, preferring to stay out of the limelight. He’s a big Manchester United fan and has seen his team live over a period of domestic and European frustration.

How long will Trump stay No 1?

Trump was world number one for a fleeting moment in March 2013, but after returning to the summit last month, he appears to have all the technical and mental attributes to stay there for some considerable time.

There has definitely been a real shift in Trump’s mindset in recent months. Since regaining the top spot, Trump has spoken of his ambition to win a record number of ranking titles after bagging his 12th at the International Championship.

Having already won 12 titles at 29, Trump has inched his way to ninth on the all-time winner’s list. Although, he must win three times as many titles to eclipse the 36 currently won by Ronnie O’Sullivan, Trump is hopeful that the “Rocket” will eventually be in his sights if he can consistently “keep winning two, three, four [titles] a season”.

Stephen Hendry, who now spends more time playing cards than potting balls, believes Trump has all the attributes needed to dominate the sport like he and O’Sullivan have done in recent decades.

Will the strength of world snooker tour work against Judd Trump?

One player on the world circuit that doesn’t believe Trump has what it takes to dominate in the same way that O’Sullivan and Hendry have done is Barry Hawkins. He’s been somewhat outspoken about the quality of players within the world’s top 64, insisting that there are too many talented players for one player to clean up and win everything.

Hawkins said that the “competition’s so tough” that it would be hard for “one person” to dominate. Hawkins believes “there’ll be a few players winning two or three tournaments a season”. If Trump can do so regularly over the next decade, he might overtake O’Sullivan’s record and cement him as an all-time snooker great.

If Trump manages to eclipse O’Sullivan’s rankings title record, it will have been a hugely entertaining era for snooker. Trump is one of the most talented break-builders in the game, having already racked up over 600 century breaks in his career.

 

At the tender age of 14, Trump’s talent came to the fore, becoming the youngest player to make a competitive 147 break at the World Under-21 Championships. If there is one player that could usurp O’Sullivan as snooker’s most precocious talent, it’s Judd Trump.

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Judd Trump Silences Critics – For Now

 

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Judd Trump has silenced his critics after successfully claiming the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast over the weekend.

The 29-year-old Juddernaut had not won a tournament since his European Masters triumph over a year ago as he edged Ronnie O’Sullivan 9 – 7 in a gripping final at the Waterfront.

It was nip and tuck for most of the match but Judd towards the end took advantage of some rare O’Sullivan mistakes to see it out and pocket the 70K first prize and lift the Alex Higgins trophy.

O’Sullivan said after he was enjoying his snooker, but glad he didn’t have to get up at 10AM the next morning to fly to another event.

Trump said the win was one of his best so far, and it meant a lot to be able to shut up some of his critics who have been questioning how far he can go in the game.

So far, Trump has won nine ranking titles – but has yet, despite all his talent not managed to push on with the World Championship to which he was a finalist in 2011.

However, he said during the week-long event that he’s upped his practice to six to seven hours a day and had hired his brother Jack to help him out on the tour and give him support.

He added coming into the event that he knew he would win one at some point, saying he felt confident with his game.

In finals, O’Sullivan and Trump have played eight times, with Trump winning five of them!

O’Sullivan will head off to the UK Championship in York to defend his title he won last year and he won his first ranking title in the UK at the age of 17.