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Judd Trump – ‘It’ll be interesting to see if Ronnie will start going for them again’

Judd Trump compiled an eighth career 147 break on Tuesday during his 4-0 Scottish Open victory over Mitchell Mann in Edinburgh.

It’s the world number four’s second maximum effort in the month of November, adding to his perfect knock in the final of the Champion of Champions.

Ronnie O’Sullivan was the opponent on that day in Bolton, and Trump is now seven 147 breaks shy of the Rocket’s record of 15 competitive maximum efforts.

The 33 year-old thinks highly of the achievement even though it happens more regularly these days, and he recently bemoaned the lack of a special prize on offer for it.

But even though there’s only a £5,000 high break prize available in the Scottish Open, it didn’t detract Trump from orchestrating the perfect break once again.

“I always enjoy 147s, they are always super special to me,” Judd Trump told the World Snooker Tour after reaching the last 32 of the competition.

“I could just feel the excitement when I made it out there. It’s a venue I’ve never been to before and my first time in Edinburgh.”

“Snooker has not been here for a long, long time, so I think for people to be able to come and watch live snooker is good enough.

“But to obviously make a 147 is not something that happens in every tournament. For everyone to be a part of that, everyone can go away with a smile on their face.

“The 147 for me is, sort of, the pinnacle – better than winning any tournament really, maybe the World Championship is the exception.

“Other than that, in ten minutes or however long it takes, there’s no better buzz. For me, there’s no better feeling than when you’re out there and the nerves when you’re trying to make it.

“You just know that everyone at home is willing you on to make it, and it’s sort of a part of history every time you do it.

“I’ll be trying my best to make them as often as possible. It’ll be interesting to see, now that I’m catching him (O’Sullivan) up a little bit, if he’ll start really going for them again.

“Any time when someone else is playing and on a maximum, you always tune into the live scores – if someone’s on 72 or 80, you always try to find the TV to watch it.

“It’s always a special feeling, and for my brother and my family there’s a lot of hard work that’s paid off during the years when it does happen.”

Elsewhere on day two of the Scottish Open at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, there were triumphs for a lot of the other marquee players.

Joining Trump in the last 32 is Ronnie O’Sullivan, who avenged his defeat to Ben Woollaston at the Gibraltar Open earlier this year with a 4-2 success on this occasion.

Neil Robertson and Mark Selby recorded relatively comfortable victories against Himanshu Jain and John Astley respectively.

Ding Junhui continued his fine recent form with a 4-2 defeat of Mark Joyce, while Hossein Vafaei and Anthony McGill also maintained their efforts to break into the top 16 later this term with wins of their own.

Arguably the performance of the day came from Kyren Wilson, who compiled a hat-trick of century breaks during his 4-0 thrashing of Ng On Yee in what was the last remaining heldover fixture from the qualifying round.

The biggest upsets on day two saw Shaun Murphy downed 4-0 by Scott Donaldson – one of several homegrown players still in contention – and Zhao Xintong’s 4-3 reverse against Joe O’Connor.

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Where to Watch the Scottish Open

The tournament will be available to UK and Irish viewers on Quest TV in addition to blanket Eurosport coverage provided across all of Europe.

Various broadcasters around the world will be offering coverage (information here), while fans in territories without another service can access the event through Matchroom.Live.

Featured image credit: WST

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