Snooker: Judd Trump the ‘best potter ever’ says Jimmy White
PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 February 2017
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Romford-based star receives high praise from the Whirlwind
Romford-based Judd Trump is the best potter in the history of snooker, according to legend and People’s Champion Jimmy White.
Trump is in sublime form at the moment, brushing off a narrow 9-8 defeat to Stuart Bingham in the final of the Coral Welsh Open on Sunday to whitewash Mark Williams 3-0 in the Championship League final on Tuesday.
This season has also seen the 27-year-old win the European Masters, reach the final of the English Open and the last four of both the International Championship and Scottish Open.
However, with just the World Championship still to come in snooker’s Triple Crown, Trump has failed to live up to his billing in the previous two events as he exited in the second round at the UK Championship and fell at the first hurdle at the Masters at the end of 2016.
But those slip ups haven’t stopped the top potter from climbing to the top of the world rankings and White is struggling to think of many better in the history of the game.
“Judd is just a phenomenal player, it has taken him a long time to get to where he is, perhaps because he used to attack the game a lot more,” said former UK Championship winner White.
“Now he is an all-round player, an all-round accomplished player, and probably the best potter we have ever seen. So you are going to see Trump win a lot more tournaments.
“I think he realised that he has to do a lot of work and he has worked a lot on his safety game as well as potting plus he is practicing with Ronnie O’Sullivan all the time.
“If you miss with O’Sullivan, you get punished so he is just not missing now.”
White isn’t the only one to be impressed with Trump’s current form, with five-time world champion O’Sullivan also tipping his hat to one of his main rivals.
And The Rocket is especially impressed with the way Trump is able to deal with the pressure that comes with being the man to beat.
“Mental strength comes into it and I think over the years he has proven that he is tough enough to do it against anybody,” said the 41-year-old.
“I think if you are going to win tournaments you have to learn how to thrive in those situations so you have to get used to that in a way.
“Trump now has to accept that it comes with the territory of being the favourite of most matches he plays in and he just has to get the job done so I think it is all character-building stuff anyway.”
• The Welsh Open was LIVE on Eurosport 1 and Quest, featuring daily studio analysis from Ronnie O’Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.