Judd Trump’s rise to the top of snooker is down to natural talent combined with an incredible work ethic, according to world number two Neil Robertson.
Trump has transformed from an immensely talented contender to the dominant force in the sport over the last 18 months, winning his first World Championship and Masters titles in that time, and returning to number one in the world.
The 30-year-old has become the first player in history to win six ranking titles in a season and now looks largely immovable at the pinnacle of the rankings.
The Juddernaut displaced Ronnie O’Sullivan at the top of those rankings by winning the world title last year, and Robertson believes it is relentless hard work and the help of his family that has allowed him to do so.
Talking on an Instagram Live with Stephen Hendry, Robertson was asked how he compares the ‘genius’ of O’Sullivan to other players, but he immediately turned to Trump with his answer.
‘In terms of natural Talent, you’ve got Judd, but Judd’s probably the hardest worker on the tour,’ said the Australian,
‘His brother is living with him, he basically employs him to go to all the tournaments.
‘He doesn’t have a family or anything like that, so he puts the practice in whenever he wants to: at night, in the morning, he doesn’t have to do school runs or anything so he’s really well set up to put in all the work.
‘He gets a lot of benefit from having his brother there just to pull the balls out for him.’
The impact Jack Trump has had on his brother’s career has been incredible, with Judd crediting him for his rise to dominance.
After winning the 2019 Masters, Judd told the BBC: ‘Jack will set the balls up and I will not have any input, I will let him get on with it. He is making me work on things I would not have done myself.
‘I wanted to pot balls all day, but he will put safety and long pots up too. I will do as I am told and he is getting the best out of me.’
He also gave his parents credit after winning the World Championship last year, a triumph for the entire Trump family.
‘It speaks for itself, with my brother’s help I’ve won the Masters and the World Championship since he moved up so it just goes to show the part he’s played in it,’ said Judd.
‘Obviously my parents have been a massive influence on me my whole career, taking me around everywhere and putting me in this position. To be able to win it for them and them see it is incredible.’
Robertson will be hoping to hunt down Trump at the top of the world rankings by winning the World Championship, if and when it is rescheduled later this year.
The main event of the WST calendar has been postponed, with a new date hopefully to be set in either July, or more likely, August.
There remains the possibility of playing the tournament behind closed doors, but Robertson says this would be a ‘terrible’ way to do things.
‘That would have been shocking, that would have been terrible,’ said the 2010 world champ on playing behind closed doors.
‘At that point, if we’d have done that, we’d have just been playing purely for the prize money.
‘We’d have been playing for the world title, but it wouldn’t have been the same.
The crowd in big venues can really make or crush players. It’s about being able to withstand the pressure of that.’
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