Judd Trump has sensationally revealed he is considering taking an extended break from snooker next season.
A mentally drained Juddernaut admits he doesn’t enjoy the game – and that even the upcoming Betfred World Cup feels like a chore.
The former world champion enjoyed three straight seasons of spectacular success, earning him 14 ranked titles and a Masters crown.
By most players’ standards, the current season would be an excellent return for the 32-year-old, with victories at the Champions of Champions and the Turkish Masters.
But for world No. 3 Trump, whose long-standing superb level of play has slipped this season, his own relative loss of form and a gapped stop-start calendar have been a real challenge.
And he’s even considering taking a slice of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s book by taking an entire season out of the sport.
Six-time world champion O’Sullivan missed most of the 2012-13 season – but still returned to the Crucible to gloriously capture his fifth world title.
Trump, who lost to Belgium’s Luca Brecel in the quarter-finals of this week’s Tour Championship, said: “My main goal in snooker is always to enjoy it and at the moment I’m not.
“So whether I have to start missing more events or even do what Ronnie did and miss a season, I don’t know.
“I’m definitely aiming for some vacations, but the calendar doesn’t look good for the first few months of next season at the moment. There aren’t many events to attend.
“Maybe it’s the best chance or time to take a little break from the game. It was a long three seasons for me and mentally exhausting.
“Not being able to keep that form and fighting is pretty hard to take mentally.”
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He added: “You just have to try and shake it off, there’s nothing you can do. Apart from the odd tournament, the odd game or two, I’ve been producing this kind of set-piece like against Luca all season.
“Maybe I need to take my mind off snooker and just show up there in Sheffield. Right now I don’t even want to play in the World Cup, so I’m going away and thinking about things.
“It was just a bad season. I don’t enjoy my snooker, and even when I’ve won, it’s papered and patched through the cracks and made ends meet.
“For me, the sooner I can end this season, take a break and start the next, the better.
“Right now the World Cup feels like another tournament and there are no expectations of me, I will show up because I have to.
“And otherwise I expect to lose in the first round. I’ve felt that at times throughout my career.
“Of course it’s not nice to lose all the time but it’s more like how I played and felt it was a struggle and not comfortable even when I won.
“So I’m really looking forward to getting away for a while and next season it’ll be better again. It was a stop-start campaign and hard to get a rhythm going.
“And it gets worse when you leave events early. It was a different feeling this time and in the tournaments that are yet to come it’s hard to find that rhythm if you’re not playing well.”
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