When watching snooker, how much importance do you place on a player's nationality? When it comes to supporting them?
I ask, because reading this thread, people expressed surprise that many in The Crucible crowd were rooting for Ding.
When it comes to whether I like a player or not, I never consider their nationality. Partly though because snooker has always been a traditionally British played sport. Even the 'Chinese invasion' hasn't watered down the fact there's plenty of British and Irish players in the game.
I can understand fans getting behind a British player in a more international sports, where Brits may be a minority. Snooker doesn't have that.
I wanted Ding to win the World Championship because he has never won it before. Not because he happened to play Selby in one round. I've always quite liked Neil Robertson too, despite being English myself.
In snooker, do other people on this site take nationality into account when deciding who to root for? If not, why was it such a surprise some English people might sport Ding?
Legitimate question, from somebody who wanted Ding to win the tournament.
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