Jordan Brown is decided to point out that his Welsh Open triumph was not a one-off as he seems to be forward to the brand new season.
Ranked 81st on the earth on the time, Brown brought about one of many biggest upsets in snooker historical past in February when he beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 within the Welsh Open remaining to land his first professional title. He had by no means beforehand been past the quarter-finals of a rating occasion.
Brown was unable to construct on that victory within the tail finish of the season as he misplaced within the opening spherical of the Cazoo Gamers Championship and Gibraltar Open, then suffered a 6-5 reverse in opposition to Steven Hallworth in his first qualifying match on the Betfred World Championship.
“I used to be dissatisfied to complete the season that manner and it’s as much as me now to point out that the Welsh Open wasn’t a one-off,” mentioned the 33-year-old Northern Irishman. “I’ve to again it up with constant performances and outcomes. My type felt good going into the world qualifiers however I didn’t produce that on the day.
“I’d like to win one other match however my predominant aim is to achieve extra quarter and semi-finals and put myself in that place. There is no such thing as a motive why I can’t win extra. I’ve proven that I can do it, and to win a title by beating Mark Selby, Stephen Maguire and Ronnie O’Sullivan – it doesn’t come any more durable than that. It’s good to know in my thoughts that I can beat them.”
Brown completed thirteenth on the one-year rating checklist final season which put him fortieth within the official rankings. “I’m in a really wholesome place as a result of I’ve no factors to defend subsequent season, as I’m on the second 12 months of a two-year tour card,” he mentioned. “However I have to construct on that as a result of there’ll come a time after I lose these Welsh Open factors. I can solely look forward.
“After the World Championship I took a break of round 5 weeks. I actually wanted that as a result of the entire season may be very tiring, particularly for gamers who dwell exterior England – there’s a lot travelling backwards and forwards. After which the Welsh Open took loads out of me. So it was nice to take it simple for some time. I began practising once more final week and I’m actually excited now about subsequent season.”
Brown, who labored in a petroleum station for a number of years earlier than turning professional, earned over £100,000 final season, by far his most profitable marketing campaign. He’s now within the course of of shopping for a home in Portrush with girlfriend Catherine.
“I’ve all the time been very smart and wise with cash,” he mentioned. “It has been nice to have one thing within the financial institution, it actually takes the strain off. The very last thing you need is pound indicators flashing earlier than your eyes if you are enjoying matches. I’ll be dwelling in Portrush however nonetheless heading right down to Antrim to practise.”
Portrush is house to one of many world’s most well-known golf programs which hosted the Open in 2019. “I not too long ago took up golf once more having not performed it for 17 years,” added Brown. “That course is perhaps too powerful for me however there are many others round. I really like enjoying because it’s the right method to chill out away from snooker.”