Judd Trump blasts the fiery Tour Championship conditions after semi-final exit


Judd Trump was not impressed with the conditions he faced in Milton Keynes (Picture: Getty Images)

Judd Trump was far from happy with the conditions at the Tour Championship as he crashed out at the semi-final stage on Wednesday, saying it was too hot to be playing snooker.

The world champion was far from his best as he lost 9-6 to Stephen Maguire in Milton Keynes, but he was quick to shift the blame to the conditions at the Marshall Arena.

Both men were struggling with the heat during the match, which showed in a surprisingly low-quality game by their high standards, and Trump was not best pleased after being knocked out by the Scot.

‘I think I struggled the whole tournament, really, with the conditions,’ Judd told ITV. ‘The conditions were pretty poor and that’s why the standard was so bad.

‘If the conditions are good I seem to play well, but you’re fighting a losing battle really.

‘It’s too hot to play snooker today, I think.’

Trump has now fallen earlier than expected at the Championship League and Tour Championship, the two events in Milton Keynes since the coronavirus hiatus.

Asked if he was concerned about his form ahead of the World Championship next month, the 30-year-old was dismissive, again blaming the circumstances he had to deal with.

‘No, I think in good conditions I play well, it’s just a shame the conditions are so bad,’ he said.

Stephen Hendry was not overly impressed with Judd’s comments, noting that there have been two matches this week in which a player, Maguire and Shaun Murphy, has made six centuries.

‘Little bit disappointed with Judd to blame the conditions because there were two matches where one player made six centuries, I don’t think they changed the table every time he played,’ said Hendry.

‘I’m not out there so I don’t know how bad they were, but a strange comment, I thought.’

Maguire, who was mopping sweat off his face during the game, also admitted the heat was a problem for the players and is hoping the second semi-final is the same between Mark Selby and Mark Allen, with the winner meeting him in Friday’s final.

Stephen Maguire is into the Tour Championship final (Picture: Getty Images)

‘It’ll be tough, those two have got a tough game tomorrow [Thursday] and if it’s as hot as that out there, in tough conditions, they’re in for a dog fight tomorrow,’ said Maguire.

‘I can just sit, relax and watch them twitch all over the place.’

Former world number three Neal Foulds was sympathetic to Trump’s disappointment, and feels it is an attitude to be expected from a serial winner.

‘Judd’s just lost there, he wasn’t overly sporting, but I’m always suspicious of people that lose and are very very good losers, no one likes it,’ said Foulds.

‘He probably could have done better, but he’s disappointed.’

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