August 5, 2011

SB Classic Snapshot: Why I entered – Chris Sullivan

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 9:13 am

In the run up to the forthcoming Snookerbacker Classic qualifying events I will be doing short features on some of the competitors that have entered so far. We started last week with James Burrett here. This week, we meet Chris Sullivan, a 16 year old from the London area who has entered the Essex leg of the competition. 

What made you enter the SB Classic Chris? What attracted you to the event?

I was told about the event by my cousin who is a regular visitor to your website, he said it sounded like a really exciting competition and told me all about the people who are behind it. I am entering this event to get some experience and hopefully to meet and play a frame with Ali Carter!

Which event or events are you playing in?

I am playing at Ali Carter’s club event in Essex in February. Can’t wait!

Tell us a bit about your snooker career to date.

I think I’m quite inexperienced and have only been playing for about two years. My highest break is 99 and I missed the pink to make a century but I have recently started playing a bit more and make regular 60 and 70 breaks. I’m hoping by the time the event comes around I will have made a few centuries. I am currently having some coaching on my technique as I am told if I make a few adjustments I will get a lot better, so fingers crossed! 

Is the chance to experience real matchplay conditions in top class venues more important to you or are you in it to win it?

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t expect to win it but I have thought about what it would be like to. I just enjoy playing snooker and my favourite players are Judd Trump, Mark Allen and Jack Lisowski as they are left-handed like I am so I like watching and learning from the shots they play, especially position. I also like watching Ali Carter, Mark Williams and Ding Junhui. If I can get a little better over the next few months I might have a chance of winning a couple of matches after that anything else is a bonus.

Mrs SB will be at venues giving prizes for things like ‘best dressed player’ and ‘nicest haircut’ – think you have a chance in any of those?

Ha! My cousin told me about this too. I don’t think so but it would be nice to be shortlisted 🙂

What are your ambitions in snooker?

That is something I haven’t quite thought about yet. I would love to make my first 100 break soon. Then I will think about where I would like to go. But I know there are lots of good players out there that have been playing way longer than me so I don’t want to get my own hopes up too high! I just want to keep enjoying it for now. 

Finally, are you looking forward to the SB Classic?

I can’t wait for it SB! I like that it will be publicised and will feel like a real event. I have entered some junior tournaments and while I like playing in them they are all the same. I like that this is a bit different. Now can I meet Ali Carter?

I’ll see what I can do for you Chris.  

If you still haven’t entered the Snookerbacker Classic but intend to do so I am now taking commitments to enter at [email protected] – Simply state your name and the event or events that you want to be provisionally entered for. I will hold the place pending entrance fee payment and subject to availability until 31st August. Remember when all places are filled entries will be closed so if you want to enter, please do so soon. We will not be taking any entries on the day of the events.

To find out more about the Snookerbacker Classic click here and please be aware of the new closing dates for entries. 

There will also be an announcement very soon about an added leg to the event for players wishing to enter in Ireland.

Have you entered the Snookerbacker Classic? If you have send me your answers to the questions above and you may feature in a future snapshot. 

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