Last week Australia hosted its first ever world snooker ranking event and one snooker nut took full advantage.
James Mills, a 47-year-old pool umpire from Melbourne, watched the entire event at the Bendigo Stadium but he was particularly pleased to meet his hero - seven-time world snooker champion Stephen Hendry.
When he finally came face-to-face with his idol, Mills got the Scottish potter to autograph his arm, and then got a tattoo over the signature so he would have the souvenir forever.
"He's world class, the best snooker player ever," Mills told the Bendigo Advertiser.
"He signed it for me in texta (marker pen) and I got it tattooed the next day."
However, Mills only had a limited chance to see Hendry in action as he was knocked out of the tournament in the last 16 after losing to Matthew Selt 5-1.
The tournament was won by Stuart Bingham after he came from 8-5 down to beat world number one Mark Williams 9-8 in the final.
Photo via Bendigo Advertiser
- James Mills
- Stephen Hendry