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'Everything I touch turns to rubbish' - Gerard Greene dejected after English Open defeat

Unhappy: Gerard Greene
Unhappy: Gerard Greene

By Peter White

Gerard Greene’s snooker cue is lucky to be in one piece after his English Open first-round performance left his career at rock-bottom.

The 45-year-old – whose parents hail from Belfast – endured a topsy-turvy encounter in which China’s Tian Pengfei edged the contest 4-3 on the final black.

His disappointment at the game’s conclusion was clear to see, and Greene – who competed in his first season as a professional back in 1993 – is struggling to see light at the end of the tunnel.

He said: “I thought I had a good chance with the game at 3-3, I had a good break of 41 but just didn’t quite get on the black. After that, I was very poor.

“I’m finding it really difficult to get on with the game currently. It was rubbish and I felt as soon as I picked up the cue I was guaranteed to lose.

“At the moment I feel like breaking my cue and packing it in because I know I can play a thousand times better than that.”

Yet to win a match this season, Greene’s Crawley defeat is just the latest in a succession of disappointments – one he feels could be terminal for his career.

“In the end my display was typical of my whole season so far,” he said. “It just seems that everything I touch turns to rubbish.

“At the moment, it’s really difficult to see myself improving across the rest of the campaign. I don’t think I have the ability to win games and I’m not sure what I can do to change that.

“I think I need to step away for a bit because as it stands I don’t even care about the game.”

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