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As he quickly acclimatized to the new sport, the former world snooker champion dominated Joe Magee of the United States, winning 9-0. And, Trump acquired cues from Karl Boyes, a former world pool champion from Bradford, and he dominated right away, quickly mastering the tricky break-off. The 32-year-old cleaned off many racks without allowing his opponent to take a shot. Magee shook hands with Trump before potting the last nine-ball, despite missing critical opportunities early in the game as the Brit adjusted.
Trump, who will face Dhruvalkumar Patel of India on Tuesday, said that 18-year-old Emma Raducanu’s exploits at her own US Open motivated him to win.
“Emma performed an outstanding job, and the support she received is fantastic for British sport. It motivated me to succeed in the United States.
“And also, it felt great to get my campaign off the ground. I was worried for the first few racks, but I gained confidence after seeing he wasn’t a top-tier player.
“Potting some solid shots helped me relax, and you can never go wrong with a score of 9-0.
“Especially, I had a very decent break-off. And also, I’m not going to get too excited because this is only the first round: my new coach, Karl Boyes. And, I’ll talk to him about it and see what I can do better.
“As well, I always felt in command and didn’t miss any of the simple ones that I was afraid about. Maybe I’ll try a jump shot in the next game.
“This table performed well in comparison to the ones I was practicing on, and I enjoy being out on the main table with such a large audience and so much attention.
“It’s a different sort of environment and pressure. On the other hand, it forces me to step outside of my comfort zone. Especially, people expect me to clear up every time in snooker because I am so confident in myself.”
And also, Boyes described how the two worked on Trump’s cue motion in the weeks leading up to the event, with a particular emphasis on the break-off stroke. As well, Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Alex Higgins, and Ronnie O’Sullivan are among those who have crossed over from snooker to pool. And, Mark Selby, the four-time and reigning snooker world champion, has a pool pedigree, having grown up in Leicester, where he played eight-ball pool.
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