Seven-time snooker World champion Stephen Hendry has said that Judd Trump’s drive and desire are what had enabled him to perform consistently and get excellent results that talent merits his talents.
Trump was the winner of the world title for the first time in April and has become a legend in the sport in the past year. The ‘Juddernaut’ has won three ranking events and a second Masters trophy
The 30-year-old world number one will now look to win a second UK Championship title. If he wins this it will be eight years after his first UK championship. His quest for the UK Championship will begin on Thursday where he will come against world number 127 Amine Amiri.
Hendry spoke to BBC Sport about Judd Trump’s meteoric rise in the snooker world. He said: “Judd Trump has made snooker his life. That was not always the case with him, but it’s now his number one priority.
“On his day he could always be amazing, but he is a lot more consistent now.
“Judd had to start realising that if he would become Jimmy White, not winning a world title and as many ranking events as he probably should have given his ability. He possibly got tired of watching Ronnie and Mark Selby, and others winning all the trophies.
“He was willing to sacrifice and not take snooker as a part-time thing, but as a permanent priority and it’s working forvhik now.”
This year also marks thirty years since Hendry defeated the legendary snooker player, Steve Davis in the 1989 UK final.
Davis had enjoyed Crucible success on six different tournaments in the 1980s, and also lifted four UK titles.
The Scot strongly thinks that Trump’s recent meteoric rise in the world of snooker could mark a chang of the guard in snooker.