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I feel like packing it in, says Greene

 

Gerard Greene
Gerard Greene

By Ross Lawson

Gerard Greene's snooker cue is lucky to be in one piece after his 19.com 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 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. It was rubbish and I felt as soon as I picked up the cue I was guaranteed to lose. I feel like breaking my cue and packing it in because I know I can play a thousand times better than that."

Greene's Crawley defeat is just the latest in a succession of disappointments - one he feels could be terminal for his career.

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