'It’s the best game in the world' - Joe Perry back in love with snooker after Welsh Open final win
Joe Perry held his nerve in the evening to pull away from Judd Trump and win the Welsh Open title, ending a seven-year trophy drought. He has described it as the highlight of his career and told Eurosport how he is now back in love with the game again. "Mixing it up and doing the other things I have done have helped get the enthusiasm back."
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Paying tribute to his parents, Perry added: “They have supported me since I was sort of 10, 11 years old. Without them I would not have been a snooker player.
“I have won a tournament before and no-one was there. I know they are proud of me, it is amazing.”
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In the Eurosport studio following the match, Perry said he felt good and was determined to take his chance.
“I was on it today,” he said. “I’ve lost so many matches from getting annoyed with myself, and I stopped enjoying it.
“I felt so good but kept missing easy balls this afternoon.
“I was determined to play solid tonight. I thought I did it well and played strong.”
Perry says doing things away from the table - he has taken on some media work and coaching - has allowed him to fall back in love with the game.
“All those things have helped me,” he said. “Things to help me enjoy it again.
“Practice, practice, practice. Tournament, tournament, tournament. It gets a bit boring after 30 years.
“Doing the same things over and over does not work. It drives you mad.
“So mixing it up and doing the other things I have done have helped get the enthusiasm back.
“I enjoy practice again. Two, three hours day.”
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Asked by Rachel Casey if he is back in love with the game, Perry replied: “Yeah, it’s the best game in the world!”
Perry added that he now needs to find a new career goal.
“I said I wanted to still be professional when I was 50,” he said. “That was one of my targets a few years ago, it would be pretty good to still be a top professional at 50, 30-odd years as a professional.
“Looks like that is in the bag now, so I need to find a new goal.”
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