Belfast Telegraph

Swail looking forward to backing of home crowds

Northern Ireland's Joe Swail says he'll be feeling the pressure at this week's Dafabet Northern Irish Open at the Waterfront Hall.

The 48-year old is one of the local hopefuls hoping to cheer the home crowd by winning his home open this week, the second of the Home Nations series.

Last year was disappointing for Swail, who was knocked out in the first round by Welshman Dominic Dale at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, and this year he's hoping to go a few steps further.

However, the pressure of competing in Belfast isn't lost on the World No.113 and he says the nerves will be there in his opening match today.

"I'm really looking forward to it but I'm not looking forward to the pressure of playing in front of your home fans!" he laughed.

"But I've been in the game long enough to know how to deal with that so hopefully my experience will see me through."

After complaints after too much noise at last year's venue, the Titanic Exhibition Centre, this year's edition has been moved to the Waterfront Hall, a move that Swail has backed emphatically.

Swail starts his campaign against China's Lyu Haotian, another of the young up and coming foreign stars.

Belfast Telegraph

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