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Trump wary of spectators' noise factor



Judd Trump

Judd Trump


Judd Trump

Judd Trump admits he will struggle to adapt to fans returning to snooker halls for January's Masters at the Alexandra Palace.

The world No.1 kept his hopes of a second UK Championship alive after motoring past Liang Wenbo 6-1 in the third round in Milton Keynes.

The tournament is being held at the behind closed doors Marshall Arena but the Masters looks set to host up to 1,000 fans per session in line with new Government guidance.

Trump has taken to the coronavirus-enforced setup like a duck to water - he won the English and Northern Ireland Opens - and admits he's dreading the return of ringing mobile phones, or poorly-timed coughing, when he takes to the Ally Pally baize.

"Noise-wise, especially with the phones going off, not having that for six months, there are no excuses," said the 31-year-old.

"There's no one moving or coughing on your shot. It could be tough for a few of the players, and maybe even myself might get a little bit frustrated if it happens at a crucial time.

"If a phone goes off at an important time in a deciding frame, it's really going to annoy you after not having it for so long."

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Elsewhere, John Higgins knows he's long overdue a Triple Crown title and admits he'd love to add a tenth to his collection at the UK Championship and the Scotsman kept his hopes alive with a 6-2 win over Jak Jones in the last 32.

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