Local snooker star enjoys break from World Tour

Snooker player Ryan Clark. Picture by FRANK REID
Snooker player Ryan Clark. Picture by FRANK REID
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HARTLEPOOL snooker star Ryan Clark admits he will enjoy a month’s break from the World Tour.

The 20-year-old only landed a place on the sport’s professional tour last month and was immediately thrust into qualifying for events in China and Australia.

The former Dyke House pupil was unable to make it through to the final stages of those tournaments and concedes it was a difficult introduction to life on the Tour.

Clark is now enjoying a month at his Rift House home before travelling to Holland for a PTC tournament in Rotterdam on July 19.

And he reflected with SportMail: “It was difficult to find my feet at first.

“I was up against players with a lot of Tour experience and it was only a week after I’d made it through Q School.

“The standard is a lot higher than what I’ve been used to and I came up against players really on their game.

“I didn’t actually play badly but it was a tough couple of weeks.

“So I’m quite glad of this break to be honest.

“Of course, I would rather be in China playing in the Wuxi Classic, but I can make the most of this time to get some more practice in.”

Clark also travelled to Bulgaria where he was beaten in the first round of a PTC event.

And the Hartlepool Snooker Club member admits even the Tour tables are of a far higher standard.

“The tables do play a lot differently to club tables back home,” he revealed.

“The cloth is really thin and runs a lot faster.

“The sides are different as well so I was guessing with a lot of shots to begin with.

“I think before my next event I’ll go down to Sheffield to get some practice on tables of that standard.

“But that’s all part of adapting to the Tour and finding my feet, which I’m sure I will do in time.”

Clark is also keen to attract a second sponsor.

Paul Jones, of Coulby Communications, currently supports his travel, but Clark explained: “The backing from Paul is brilliant and that covers a lot of my Tour travel.

“But there are a lot of other costs which come into it.

“If I’m not winning on the Tour then I’m not earning so a second sponsor would be an excellent help.”

If you’re interested in becoming Ryan’s second sponsor, telephone him on 07792 346610.