Judd Trump: From Teenage Sensation to Snooker Great

Judd Trump (Picture: Eurosports)

Long before Judd Trump officially turned professional in 2005, his prodigious talent on the snooker table had already become a topic of much discussion.

As a teenager, Trump had dazzled the snooker world with his remarkable skills at the junior level, and great expectations surrounded his entrance onto the Main Tour.

It took some time for his potential to fully blossom, but in the 2010/11 season, Trump catapulted himself into the spotlight with a sensational late-season performance.

His inaugural victory in a ranking event came at the China Open, swiftly followed by a thrilling journey to the World Championship final, where he narrowly missed out on claiming the title, falling to John Higgins.

During that memorable World Championship, Trump’s distinctive style of play, often described as ‘naughty snooker,’ endeared him to a new legion of fans, and he rapidly ascended to the coveted position of world number one.

Despite achieving a UK Championship victory during this period, his struggle with inconsistency remained a stumbling block.

However, a turning point arrived during the 2018/19 season when he finally solidified his status as one of snooker’s all-time greats.

Key victories over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the finals of the 2018 Northern Ireland Open and the 2019 Masters marked the beginning of a remarkable streak of success.

His first world title soon followed, and over an astonishing 30-month span, Trump accumulated an incredible 14 ranking titles, firmly establishing himself as the dominant force in the sport during that era.

In 2023, several months after his third World Championship final appearance, Trump secured a second Masters crown by defeating Mark Williams in London.

Notable Ranking Event Victories:

  • 2011 China Open
  • 2011 UK Championship
  • 2012 International Championship
  • 2014 Australian Open
  • 2016 China Open
  • 2016 European Masters
  • 2017 Players Championship
  • 2017 European Masters
  • 2018 Northern Ireland Open
  • 2019 World Grand Prix
  • 2019 World Snooker Championship
  • 2019 International Championship
  • 2019 World Open
  • 2019 Northern Ireland Open
  • 2020 German Masters
  • 2020 Players Championship
  • 2020 Gibraltar Open
  • 2020 English Open
  • 2020 Northern Ireland Open
  • 2020 World Grand Prix
  • 2021 German Masters
  • 2021 Gibraltar Open
  • 2022 Turkish Masters
  • The Masters (2019, 2023)
  • Champion of Champions (2021)
  • World Grand Prix (2015)
  • Championship League (2009, 2014, 2016)

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