Personally speaking, I love watching Judd Trump play this game. I didn't watch the PTC event, but his run at the Crucible was a breath of fresh air. Ronnie O'Sullivan had been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons throughout the year, as had John Higgins: what that meant was that both of snooker's best players of the last 15 years were drawing a lot of negative opinion, not exactly what Barry Hearn needed in his efforts to turn the game around.
Then came a tournament that felt more like a revolution than a championship. Okay, one of the old guard won the title, but the tournament was all about one man: Judd Trump. Credit Higgins' battling qualities, what else would we expect from one of the game's greatest players, but what Trump did at the Crucible cannot be understated. He played the game in a way that appealed to the masses, and sank pots that drew gasps of astonishment: over, and over, and over again.
Trump has apparently attempted to make himself out to be something of a playboy on his twitter feed. Some have poked fun at this, but I for one could not care less. All I know is that he's young, vibrant and, in my opinion, the most naturally gifted player I've seen with the exception of Ronnie O'Sullivan. But most importantly: he's enthusiastic.
Which brings me on to the next point: this has all been happening in unison with O'Sullivan's fall from grace. O'Sullivan remains a very good snooker player, and is still going to draw massive crowds. Credit him for what appears to be a more positive attitude towards PTCs thus far this season, but at the end of the day, he didn't play in Australia, and if this attitude towards non-UK events continues, his star will continue to wane. Now, I know nothing of O'Sullivan's personal situation and refuse to comment on it, but one this is undeniable: a lot of people don't like what's been happening. And from what I can see, he's now drawing a lot less publicity from this, while Trump's win last night was greeted with great enthusiasm.
So, has the baton been handed over? Has snooker found it's new box office hit? O'Sullivan always divided opinion. Personally speaking, I just loved watching him play, and didn't take a whole pile of notice of his antics because of how good he was. But some people did not even feel he was good for the game... I don't agree with that point of view, but it was one that existed. Trump is unlikely to split snooker opinion to anywhere near the same extent, which is a great thing.
Long may Judd Trump's profile continue to rise, and I hope he achieves great success in this game
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