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Selt looks to turn tables

Romford-based Matthew Selt in action at the World Championships (pic: Simon Cooper/PA) Romford-based Matthew Selt in action at the World Championships (pic: Simon Cooper/PA)

Sunday, June 15, 2014
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Romford potter ready for action

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Romford potter Matt Selt is looking forward to playing against some of snooker’s biggest names in the next few months – even if it is only on his new competition-standard practice table.

The World No.48 is set to compete in China later this month, before taking delivery of his new table to his base at Atack Snooker Club in Nuneaton.

And having worked with snooker legend Stephen Hendry to improve his game in recent months, Selt is hoping his new baize will pay dividends.

“It just means that I can practice under the same conditions as I would play under in tournaments, and that will make a huge difference,” he said.

“When your table is in great condition you wake up in the morning and can’t wait to get down to the club and start hitting some balls.

“It also means that people will come over and play against me – (Mark) Selby, Hendry and (Shaun) Murphy will come over for a game.

“I’ve not had that for a few years and I’ve missed it – playing against those players gets you so sharp.

“When I was practicing regularly in Essex I would be practicing with Joe Perry, Jimmy White and Ronnie O’Sullivan.

“They all came over to play me because I had the best table in the area, and that’s what I want to replicate here.”

Selt heads out to China on June 15 for two tournaments, having qualified for ranking tournament Wuxi Classic before sticking around for the Asian Tour event in Yixing.

“In the past few years I’ve been accustomed to playing out there and it’s only now that I’ve got my own routine of how to cope with the jetlag and lack of sleep,” said Selt.

“So I feel now that every time I go out to China I can do some damage in the tournaments, rather than turn up and get tired before getting beaten.

“The biggest thing that I’ve found over the last few years is to just sleep when you’re tired, which means you are up at the most peculiar times, but so are most of the other players.”

And Selt, 29, is confident he will be in form for his Asian adventure – despite a poor showing in his last match.

“I just played in the Australian Open qualifier and I got beaten (by Allan Taylor). I was absolutely disgusted with the way I played,” he added.

“Up until then my form has been pretty good. I lost in the last round of the qualifying for the World Championships having been 6-3 up and I was devastated to lose it.

“I’ve been back to practice to rectify what happened in the Australian [qualifiers] and I feel like I’m hitting the ball like a dream.”

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