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I've had to tone down on party lifestyle, admits Trump

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Judd Trump celebrates his win in the World Snooker Championships

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ByBen Grounds
08/05/2019 at 06:58 | Updated 08/05/2019 at 07:05

Judd Trump has revealed he had to get his priorities in order to finally pave his route to World Championship glory.

The 29-year-old proved his doubters wrong by lifting his first World Championship title by beating John Higgins 18-9 at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

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Trump had come close to exiting this year's competition when trailing 6-3 to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the first round, at which point he received a tweet claiming he was "bottling it again".

But the Bristolian fought back to win, and produced seven centuries in the final against Higgins in what has been viewed as one of the finest performances in a Crucible final.

Trump admits a change in lifestyle has been behind a landmark campaign, having also won the Masters and two other ranking tournaments.

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"I still like a party now and again but this season I've gone out a lot less and doubled my hours on the practice table, just been a lot more sensible and given it my ultimate shot and it's really paid off," Trump said.

It's the practice I've put in, and just mentally I've been a lot stronger, knowing how much work I've put in on the table. I was getting a bit bored of going out so much.

"You want to be happy on and off the table, and this year I've got the right amount of both."

Trump was fixated with Ferraris and Louboutin shoes when he made his first final against Higgins in 2011, going as far as to call himself an “international playboy” on his official Twitter account.

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The manner of Trump’s record-setting comparisons, allied with the recent memory of his Masters final demolition of Ronnie O’Sullivan, suggests he is in a good position to make that belated move into the snooker stratosphere.

His Crucible win made him the first snooker player to earn over £1million in prize money in a single season.

"Hopefully I can be a multiple champion, I'd like to win it more than once then see what happens, but the standard is so tough," Trump added.

The first one is always very special but I can't get too carried away. Other great players have only won it a couple of times.

"It will be nice to be able to relax in the major events with people not asking when I'm going to win it anymore."

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