Trump isn’t the most popular of surnames is it? We all have Donald to thank for that but some people with that surname buck the trend. Judd Trump is having his most successful year on the snooker circuit but has never been world champion. Can he win the biggest prize in the sport before the end of the 2022/23 season?
Two Big Titles Won Already This Year
Judd Trump’s ‘naughty snooker’ has won him some big titles but only once has he made the World Championship final. The 2018/19 season has already seen him win the Northern Ireland Open, the Masters and the World Grand Prix. The last two of those came this year and we’re just two months from the World Championship.
Trump has in the past employed too much of an attacking game. The tendency to go for a spectacular shot when safety is a better option has cost him dearly in the past.
You have to go back to 2011 for Trump’s only appearance in the final of the World Championship. That year he led John Higgins 10-7 before losing 18-15. He has failed to build on that in recent years.
His best performances have been semi-final appearances in 2013 and 2015. The latter saw him lose a last-fame decider to Stuart Bingham. 2016 and 2017 saw him fail to get past the second round and last year he lost 13-12 to John Higgins in the last eight after leading 7-3.
Age on His Side
Trump suffered a shock defeat in the Welsh Open this week but the odds of 11/8 (2.37) at Betfair on him winning the world title by the end of the 2022/23 season look good. He’s more responsible as a player and hopefully that will help him as he plays the longer-frames matches at The Crucible.
He’s 4/1 (5.0) with Paddy Power to give you an early return on the bet by winning the 2019 title. Trump is one of the few players who doesn’t appear over-awed by Ronnie O’Sullivan and had a convincing win over him in the Masters Final.
By 2023, O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Williams will be nearly 50, Mark Selby turn 40 while Trump celebrates his 30th birthday in August of this year. Five years in which to win the world title looks a bet worth pursuing.