Actually... Altough I previously voted ‘no’, I think Judd he might break the curse now:
From the bunch of serial ranking event winners (>10 ranking titles) he has had to wait the longest to win his first WC, (apart from Selby):
21 Hendry 1990
23 Higgins 1998
25 Williams 2000
26 O’ Sullivan 2001
28 Robertson 2010
30 Trump 2019
31 Selby 2014
Winning the WC at a younger age (<25 ?) was an impressive feat towards the turn of the century, but is nigh impossible now because of the improved general quality of the playing field.
The big three (and Hendry of course but that’s another era) all had a chance to beat the curse, but I believe they won their first WC when not at their fully best, improving more to become better snooker players in all aspects later in their career. They’re just so incredibly talented (as are Hendry and Trump) that they managed to win the WC despite not being at ‘peak career level’ yet.
Trump also almost pulled it off in 2011 more on talent than being at peak career level, but he has had to ‘ripen’ longer and is now more clever and battle hardened than ever, plus his overall performance this season has been great. If he won in 2011 very little chance he would’ve won in 2012, now there’s at least a good chance. As good a chance as Robertson after winning in 2010 at age 28, and Selby after winning in 2014 aged 31…
We’ll have to see, might also play crap and lose in the first round…