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Seeing the Light…

UK snooker clubs could reopen as early as early next month.

In a bid to keep snooker leading the way in sport in life’s new normal, the World Professional Snooker and Billiard Association have been meeting with MPs on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Snooker and discussing the way forward on how to safely re-open snooker clubs for all – not just the pros.

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As pro snooker has led the way in pro sports by putting on safe events with rigorous testing of players and staff, and social distancing measures et al, the work has been going on tirelessly behind the scenes to get a full amateur circuit back on as soon as possible.

Clubs will be ready when the government is…

In a brief statement on the WPBSA website, it says: “We will continue to liaise closely with our affiliated clubs that are part of the 147 Club network and are looking to set up further online meetings with them over the coming days to discuss the safe re-opening of clubs directly.

“We will also publish further guidance in due course as to the measures that all clubs should follow to be able to operate safely and in accordance with government guidance.”

Good news for one young UK snooker talent…

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In the zone: Sean Maddocks. (Photo courtesy of coach Neil Johnson)

Liverpool’s Sean Maddocks has been awarded a two-year tour card for next season as announcements for those newbies, and ‘oldies’ playing on the tour will happen over the course of the summer.

Maddocks, only 18, has been dedicating himself a lot to the amateur scene and knocking on the door in a lot of events, including QSchool, and his now reward of pro status has been fully deserving.

He’s also the proud title-holder of being the youngest player to make a 147 in an open amateur tournament.

His coach, Neil Johnson, modestly wrote on Facebook: “I’m so pleased…my 18-year-old student Sean Maddocks has been awarded a two-year tour card. So talented and dedicated.”

He added: “This couldn’t be more deserving. The really hard work starts now, but this is really fantastic news. Great stuff, champ.”

We wrote here at SnookerZone a while back about Sean’s first exhibition he did in front of a small but captivated audience.

Read the story here now…

 

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New Talent Sean Maddocks Wows at First Snooker Exhibition

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In the zone: Sean Maddocks. (Photo courtesy of coach Neil Johnson)

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Ronnie O’Sullivan will soon have to move over… because there’s a new kid in town, ready to whirl the exhibition circuit!

Guinness World Record breaker Sean Maddocks performed out of his comfort zone at the weekend in his first ever snooker exhibition to a packed audience of around 50 fans.

Maddocks, who has been nicknamed “Mad Dog” for some reason, 16, who is the youngest to make a 147 in a open-aged amateur tournament, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan’s record in the Guinness Book of World Records, wowed fans at the Eastham Home Guard Club in Eastham in the Wirral on Saturday the 4th August.

The teen, a fan of the Rocket, and the Wizard of Wishaw, John Higgins,  said:

“I felt like I played well enough to entertain the crowd and I enjoyed every minute of it. I learned a lot from it and how to have a laugh while playing serious snooker and feel confident enough to do them more often.”

The young snooker whizz hit a string of 50+ breaks under a different type of pressure but almost racked a ton on three separate occasions, which was the only thing missing from the evening, said his coach Neil Johnson, who has been coaching the talented Maddocks since he was 10.

Johnson told SnookerZone online about the evening:

“It went great. Sean played very well. He rattled the inside of the jaws with the last red on 81 in the first frame before going 69, 68, 53, 45, 65, 66 and 63 over the next nine frames. He then played another two frames but was looking tired and lost the last one. It was a fantastic night and we got out of it what we were looking for which was to take him out of his comfort zone with something he hadn’t done before.”

He added: “He’s a fantastic example of an exciting modern player, technically very good but also quick and great to watch with an ever-expanding shot range.””He was one shot away each time and three tons wouldn’t have been generous. Another night and…”

Johnson said watching a new talent with all that unknown promise is as “exciting as it gets”, in his opinion.

He also said it was a very worthwhile exercise and would definitely be doing more of these exhibitions in future.

Maddocks played in Q School in May and came so near yet so far to turning professional during the events. See video below

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The evening was organized by a couple of Johnson’s older students as a thank you for their help in helping him with training devices he is setting up.

One fan of the evening said on Facebook: “I loved it. Can’t wait for next time.”

A snooker exhibition is the cornerstone of a snooker player’s diet as they tour the country and the wider world showing off their skills they have honed for years of toil and sweat in solo and duel practice in their clubs.

Maddocks will be in Germany this month for the Paul Hunter Classic the amateur rounds and also the Challenge Tour.

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