Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry offer Judd Trump advice on how to dominate snooker


Judd Trump has won six ranking titles this season (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry both reckon Judd Trump’s best chance of dominating snooker for years to come is to stay single throughout his thirties, solely focusing on the sport.

Trump is at the top of the mountain right now, the reigning world champion, world number one and having broken the record for most ranking titles in a season (6).

He is undoubtedly the dominant force in the sport at this moment, but his next task is to extend that dominance for years to come, racking up world titles and other major successes as Hendry and O’Sullivan have done.

The 30-year-old certainly has the talent to do so and he is in the perfect position to do so as well, with no partner or children shifting his focus from the game, which the multiple world champions believe is key.

‘With Judd, I don’t want to tell people how to run their lives, but if he stays single, that would be massive for him, in terms of how much he’s going to win,’ Hendry said on Instagram.

‘You have to make sacrifices, you have to be ruthless if you want to be at the top of any sport, not just snooker.

‘You have to be selfish. It’s affected my life, it’s affected Steve [Davis]’s life. So many sportsmen, because they’re so single minded to get to the top.

‘Unfortunately, you can’t do it any other way, I don’t think, you have to be ruthless.’

The Rocket agreed with his old rival, saying: ‘Absolutely, he’s 30, if he can stay single and just travel, which I think he will.

‘It’s not a bad life, being single and just playing sport and doing what you want when you want.

‘If I had my time again I’d probably have stayed single forever and just been selfish.’

Many believe that Trump will go on to be the premier force in snooker for the next decade, given the standard he has been producing over the last 18 months, but O’Sullivan warns that maintaining that over multiple years is incredibly difficult.

‘If you can stay at the top of the game for three, four, five years then you’ve done well,’ said the 44-year-old.

Trump has taken O’Sullivan’s number one spot and position as ‘man to beat’ on the baize (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I’ve had spells where I’ve been at the top for two or three years, I’ve hung around a lot longer, but to sustain that is really hard.

‘Judd might rule the world or the next four or five years, if he can do it for 10 years brilliant, but it’s hard to stay on top, unless you’re someone like you [Hendry], Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods, it took a generation to catch up.’

Trump begins his Tour Championship campaign on Sunday afternoon against John Higgins in Milton Keynes, where he will be looking to win a seventh ranking event of the season.

He will then head to the Crucible in July to try and become the first person to break the Crucible Curse and become a first time winner of the World Championship to retain the title in Sheffield.

If the Bristolian can manage that, then he will be on his way to creating the era of dominance that many have envisaged.

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