Exposed Meets Adam Duffy. Interview: Hollie Furniss
Adam Duffy is Sheffield's leading snooker player. Currently ranked number 63 in the world, in 2009 he was awarded the Paul Hunter Scholarship as one of the UK's most promising juniors, which allowed him free training for a year at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield. Turning pro in 2011 after coming through snooker's qualifying school he’s since climbed into the world's top 64 – and is considered to be a star of the future.
Adam’s in action at The Barnsley Metrodome this week where World Snooker tournaments are being held for the first time this season – starting with the International Championship qualifiers on October 1st and 2nd.
The International Championship qualifiers will see 128 players involved, with the 64 winners going through to the final stages in Chengdu, China.
What’s more, the event is completely FREE.
Hi Adam, how are you feeling before the International Championship Qualifiers?
Spot on, to be fair, feeling good – can’t wait to get out there! Not played for ages so looking forward to it and to putting some past games right tomorrow.
The event is free, which is fantastic news for snooker fans, what was the decision behind making the event free entry?
I think it’s because a lot of people are obviously interested in it – and making it free it’s a bit more accessible for people.
What have you been doing to prepare for the events?
Just eating and sleeping and practising… and sleeping. No special diet, I try and eat right. I don’t like to eat crap, basically!
You’re currently ranked 63 in the world. What ranking do you aspire to?
You have to aim for the top but, in the short term, 48 is my target.
You’re friends with Judd Trump. How did that friendship come to light?
Many, many, years ago. We used to go to a snooker club in Leicester for junior tournaments and got pally. We’d play snooker together and we’ve stayed good friends the whole way through.
Given Trump’s success, has he given you any guidance or tips?
Obviously, when I see Judd do well, it makes me more determined and focused on what I want to do and to get what he’s achieved. I’ve asked him on occasions before, like the last qualifying round, ‘how can I play?’ And he was saying ‘just play your own game.’ That’s all you can do, do it your way.
How did you get into Snooker initially?
My father. We had a table at home when I was six years old. My Mum and Dad split up so we moved and we used to play on a Sunday. Me, the lads, my dad and their dads used to go down to local club and play. It wasn’t really until my dad said ‘you could be big, you’ve got talent’ that I really thought about it. I’d never noticed it prior.
What advice would you pass on to any would-be snooker players?
Eat, drink and sleep snooker – and train as hard as you can.
What does the future hold for you?
The future’s bright. I’m just going to work as hard as I can… and hopefully bring home a win tomorrow.
In other news…
Sheffield snooker ace Joel Walker has landed a dream draw against his former mentor Ronnie O’Sullivan at next week’s International Championship qualifiers in Barnsley.
Walker won the Rileys Future Stars competition in 2010, a nationwide search for the best junior player. His prize included a series of training sessions with five-time World Champion O’Sullivan.
The talented 19-year-old has since turned professional and now has the chance to take on ‘Rocket Ronnie’ in a competitive match for the first time.
They meet next Tuesday, October 1st, at 2.30pm at the Barnsley Metrodome. The qualifiers are all day Tuesday and Wednesday, featuring 128 of the world’s best players, with the 64 winners to go through to the final stages of the world ranking event in Chengdu, China.
Entry for spectators is FREE and there’s no need to book, just turn up on the day. See www.worldsnooker.com for more.
Up-and-coming World Snooker star from Sheffield