Judd Trump aims for UK championship after champion of champions win
Judd Trump had little time to celebrate after his glory as the Champion of Champions on Sunday night, already focusing on this week’s UK Championship which begins on Tuesday.
The Champion of Champions has turned out to be one of the biggest events on the calendar, but there is almost no break before an even bigger tournament kicks off in York.
The Ace made a dominant display to beat John Higgins 10-4 at Bolton on Sunday, but asked about his upcoming celebrations it didn’t look like there would be much fanfare at all.
“We have a big tournament coming up in York next week, so it’s a big stepping stone, I have a good trip home now,” Trump said on ITV.
“It’s my first win of the season and it’s huge, but there are a lot of other major events to come and I hope that will kick off my campaign.
“The level is so high that any final you reach is amazing. To have this one under my belt at the start of the season, I hope I can pick up some momentum from here.
It was indeed Trump’s first win of the season after a slow start by his immense standards, but he is entering form at an ideal time with the UK Championship, Scottish Open and Grand World prizes to come before Christmas.
“It’s just nice to take out one of the bigger ones at the start of the season, a lot of bigger ones to come, but it’s just nice to have any event under your belt,” he said. he told Live Snooker.
Trump has a few days off before launching his bid for a second career UK league title, facing David Lilley in the first round in York on Thursday night.
The 32-year-old’s only British title came 10 years ago, in a remarkable way, despite having reached the final twice since, including last year.
The tournament’s epic conclusion in 2020 saw Trump lose 10-9 to Neil Robertson, with the Ace fending off a big chance in the pink and black final to get their hands on the trophy.
He will try to fix it this year and is the bookmaker’s favorite to do so.
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