Judd plays the ‘Trump’ card in Virgo spat


John Virgo has been called “a little salty” by Judd Trump because of comments saying he was disappointing last season – after winning five league titles.

Ahead of the 2021 World Championship in April-May, Trump expressed his take on the changes he’d like to see in snooker – including the commentary team.

“There’s not enough trying new things in snooker right now – it’s the same every season – with not enough excitement, not enough different dimensions.

“Changing the coverage – the commentators that have been around for a long time – changing the way the game is spoken,” said Trump, who, along with Jack Lisowski, joined the BBC’s team of commentators at Crucible.

Veteran commentator Virgo, 75, has said he expects this season to be the last to comment for him and Dennis Taylor.

“It frustrates me, not all of them, but when they start talking about 1980s stuff, I just don’t want to hear it,” Trump said.

Virgo said world number two Trump needs to start showing more consistency in bigger events and that he was disappointing last season.

“He won one (World Championship), he won a UK and a Masters – but he has to start building on that because he was disappointing, for me, last season,” Virgo said.

Trump believes the comments are related to his earlier in the year – and again called for a change in commentary teams at bigger events.

“It all comes down to some things I said before the World Championship.

“A few people in and around the game, who are trying to promote it, show up and don’t do their homework.

“It’s tough, I don’t see how it can be disappointing. That’s his opinion, maybe he’s a little “salty” after what I said at the World Championship.

“I think we need more people involved in the game – who show passion, interest and do their homework on the players.

“Just people like Alan McManus. If everyone could show the passion they do, then the game would be in a better place, ”said Trump, who has won 11 ranking titles in the past two seasons.

“If I win less than five or six tournaments now, it will be a bad season.

“There are a lot of expectations on me now, but I don’t see why not if I keep working.

“This year and last year have been very difficult because there are a lot less tournaments because of what has happened. “When things get back to normal and all tournaments pick up, I see no reason why I couldn’t continue to win five or six tournaments a year,” Trump added.

Ahead of the Northern Irish Open which kicked off on October 9, Trump said: “I still think I’m the best – until someone wins more tournaments than I do in a year. civil – I will consider myself the best. I think that’s how it should work ”.

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