I first noticed Judd aged about 12 at Keynsham SC, the membership owned by the gentleman within the video, Derek Curnow. I used to go to comps that had been held weekly and bought to know Judd’s dad Steve fairly properly, his brother Jack and uncle additionally performed in these occasions. I knew again then we had been seeing the beginnings of one of many biggest gamers of all time and the one shock to me, why it took so lengthy, earlier than he turned the dominant drive he’s at this time.
You might simply see he was destined for fulfillment even again then. Clearly we noticed him develop over just a few years earlier than he fell out with Derek and went his personal method. I feel Derek was making some huge cash out of him, doing exhibitions and operating comps, that they had an enormous falling out IIRC. Judd at round 13/14 was making about £30000 in prize cash, was beating many execs in comps.
It simply jogs my memory of why snooker and the newbie scene is struggling. To suppose children like Judd had nice comps to play in and but so many of those golf equipment have closed. They’re very important to develop the following technology, so few golf equipment round now, or they’ve turn out to be too critical as they’re equipped for good gamers in academies which will be intimidating for a newbie.