Bookies favourite Judd Trump faced a surprise challenge from world number 54 Rory McLeod in the World Snooker Championship 2017. In an interview with Sheffield Live! on the eve of the tournament, Trump reflected on being the poster boy for the next generation, nights out in Sheffield, and the challenges of a big tournament. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
World Snooker promoter Barry Hearn says players have made “amazing improvement” over 40 years of the top international competition. Over seventeen days, 32 players will compete for the coveted World Snooker title at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre with Hearn predicting “a huge number of century breaks”. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
The snooker championship returns to the Crucible Theatre and celebrates the 40th year of World Snooker in Sheffield. World Snooker promoter Barry Hearn has vowed the tournament will remain in the city for at least a further 10 years. Mark Selby lifted the trophy last year and is favourite again this year. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!