I'll keep this brief on why I’ve continued to avoid getting involved in discussing snooker to the media. It is not to be awkward, have a laugh or make headlines. As I pointed out in my last blog, I’ve kept it deliberately short in my interviews due to the nature of the disciplinary letter I received via email from World Snooker before the German Masters in Berlin.
It was a huge distraction, was poor in tone and timing, and it unquestionably had a negative effect on my performance/results at the World Grand Prix, German Masters and Welsh Open.
At the end of the day, I owe it to the fans of the sport to give my best on the table. Win or lose, the snooker public deserves the best from me at all times.
I gain nothing really from speaking from the heart in my press conferences after matches, but I do stand to lose a lot if I say something that brings the game into disrepute.
As I said in my previous blog, as soon as the topic goes onto snooker, it can land me in hot water with a heavy fine. So I’m giving that a swerve because I don’t need the stress. I have to attend press conferences as part of my duties, but why open up when it is not welcomed?
I felt it was important to explain my reasons for recent happenings so the snooker fans will understand why I’ve had some peculiar moments on TV, and in media conferences recently.
Or maybe people won’t understand. Either way, I'm being transparent about the whole situation which I believe is the best way to be.
The snooker fans deserve to know the truth, and understand I’m certainly not doing this to be awkward.
‘CRUCIBLE CAN BE GREATEST OR WORST’
On the whole, my season has been great. I’ve been in four finals and enjoyed a record seventh victory at the Masters in January. I'll take that in this era.
I’m really looking forward to the World Championship next month. As we all know, it is the greatest snooker event on earth.
The Crucible in Sheffield can be the greatest place to play, but it can also be the worst if things aren't going well for you. There is nowhere to hide in that venue.
I hear a lot about my performances not being as good as they used to be. Well, I tend to disagree. I think the standard in depth of the sport is as high as it's ever been. I'm not too doing too badly if you take into consideration my age compared to others, and also my reputation.
Whenever I play someone, they will always be inspired to play their best. I know from personal experience that it felt good to beat Stephen Hendry or Steve Davis because they are giants of snooker. It is part of professional sport.
I accept that will always be the case because sometimes a player will beat me then not reproduce the same level of form in the next round.
I know this happens to all the great players who have had great careers. You are there to be shot at.
In many ways, it is a compliment, but it doesn’t make it any easier to win matches.
‘FEARFUL, MOODY, NERVOUS AND ANXIOUS’
I've taken on other work that has probably helped in taking my eye off playing snooker. I don't practice as much as I used to, but I'm the happiest I've been in my life.
I love doing my punditry, I love doing my books and I've loved doing my exhibitions. I loved doing my TV show American Hustle playing pool in the USA. I've loved doing my charity work. I've loved being able to give back to people who work selflessly to help others.
These are the things that have made me so happy, and my life feels fulfilling.
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