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Right on cue: Judd Trump

Right on cue: Judd Trump
By Eurosport

20/02/2009 at 09:43Updated

We continue our new feature where we profile the game's rising stars with Judd Trump, who reached the semi-finals of the Grand Prix this season.

Full name: Judd Trump

    Nationality: English

    Age: 19 (DOB: August 21, 1989)

    World Ranking: 41

    Provisional World Ranking: 27

    Nicknames: Danny the Boy, The Ace, Judd Triumph, Mr. Haircut 100

    Career highlights: Grand Prix semi-finalist 2008; former England U13 and U15 champion; youngest player to achieve a competitive 147.

    General: Trump enjoyed one of the most impressive junior careers of all-time and is now starting to show his quality on the main tour after taking a few years to get used to the top level. He reached the semi-finals of the Grand Prix this season, beating Joe Perry and Ronnie O'Sullivan along the way, and the Welsh Open is the only ranking event he has failed to qualify for so far this season.

    Strengths: A sensational potter, Trump showed his class when he won the England U15 championships as a 10-year-old, despite having to use a rest for nearly 50 per cent of his shots because he was so small. He had his first 147 aged 14 and his ability in and around the balls is already close to being world class.

    Weaknesses: Like many of the younger players, Trump can try to do too much too soon. His shot selection can be too aggressive at times and there is room for improvement in his safety play. He is a confident, flashy player - which works for him most of the time - but he also needs to learn to curb his enthusiasm against the more seasoned players who know how to grind out victories.

    Trivia: During his debut season in 2005/06, Trump became the youngest player to qualify for a ranking event venue by making the final stages of the Welsh Open.

    Is a big fan of rap and hip-hop music.

    In 2003, he became the youngest winner of the Pontin's Open, beating Eurosport commentator Mike Hallett in the final - "I had to take him back to creche afterwards" says Mike about the match.

    In 2004, aged 14 years and 208 days, he became the youngest player to make a competitive maximum 147 break, beating the record set by Ronnie O'Sullivan in 1991.

    His favourite TV programme is Prison Break and his favourite film is Kidulthood.

    He has been English champion at U13 and U15 level and also reached the semi-finals of the 2004 IBSF World U21 Championship.

    Was only the third 17-year-old to qualify for the World Championship at the Crucible (the other two are Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan).

    Turned professional in 2005 after being given a wildcard spot on the main tour by the WSA.

    Attended Hartcliffe Engineering Community College in Bristol.

    His dad is a lorry driver.

    His younger brother Jack also plays snooker and won the English U15 title in 2006 - a tournament Judd won when he was 10.

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