Potting sensation

 

D.O.B. 21 Aug 1989

 

Lives Romford

 

Turned Pro 2005

 

Ranking titles: Three - Bank of Beijing China Open 2011, williamhill.com UK Championship 2011, International Championship 2012

 

World Snooker Tour prize money 2011/12 + 2012/13 seasons (ranking events / PTCs only) £456,344

 

Highest Tournament Break 144

 

The highlight of Trump's 2012/13 season was victory at the new International Championship in Chengdu, China, in 2012. He came from 8-6 down in the final to beat Neil Robertson 10-8 to land the £125,000 top prize and win the third ranking title of his career.

 

"Every time I play Neil it's always tough, he clears up nine times out of ten so you've got to make sure you win frames in one visit," said Trump. "He put me under pressure and I went behind but I felt good in the last four frames and played some good snooker. I have got used to dealing with the time difference when I come to China now. I used to get worried if I couldn't sleep at night, but now I've realised it's better to just sleep when I am tired. I get so much support here and that makes me happy. Hopefully I will come back here next year and win it again."

 

He also won the first ever tournament in Bulgaria, beating John Higgins 4-1 in the final of a European Tour event in Sofia.

 

After that, Trump struggled in the second half of the season and was unable to add to his trophy haul. He did enjoy an impressive run at the World Championship, beating Dominic Dale, Marco Fu and Shaun Murphy to reach the semi-finals, but could not contain Ronnie O'Sullivan and lost 17-11.

 

"I think if I was playing against anyone else in this tournament then I'd have won it," said Trump. "But hopefully Ronnie plays in it next year so I'll have another chance to beat him. I want to win the World Championship with him in it and want to beat him on the way."

 

 In December 2011 Trump won the williamhill.com UK Championship at the York Barbican. With his sensational brand of attacking snooker, the sport's new Boy Wonder went all the way to the £100,000 top prize at the second biggest ranking tournament, beating Mark Allen 10-8 in a high quality final.

 

"It's an unbelievable feeling to win this tournament. I needed to step my game up and I did it," said Trump, who coined the phrase 'naughty snooker' during the tournament to describe his audacious potting.

 

 In 2011, Trump enjoyed a brilliant run to the final at the Crucible. He knocked out defending champion Neil Robertson, Martin Gould, Graeme Dott and Ding Junhui, to set up a classic final against John Higgins.

 

The atmosphere inside the arena as the final session commenced was agreed by all to be the best ever witnessed at a snooker match. "Win or lose, what an atmosphere," tweeted Trump, who gained thousands of followers on twitter over the course of the event.

 

But in the end Higgins proved too strong, winning 18-15 and leaving Trump to wonder what might have been. "To get to the final is a good achievement," said Trump. "The support I have received has been unbelieveable."

 

The left-hander had won his maiden ranking title just a few weeks earlier at the China Open in Beijing, beating Mark Selby 10-8 in the final.

 

He won his first professional title with victory at the qualifying tournament for the 2009 Masters, beating Mark Joyce 6-1in the final.

 

During his debut season in 2005/06, Trump became the youngest player ever to qualify for a ranking event venue by making the final stages of the Welsh Open. In 2003, he became the youngest ever winner of the Pontin's Open, beating Mike Hallett in the final.

 

In 2004, aged 14 years and 208 days, he became the youngest player to make a competitive maximum 147 break, beating the record set by Ronnie O'Sullivan in 1991. The record was later beaten by Jamie Jones.

 

He has been English champion at under-13 and under-15 level and also reached the semi-finals of the 2004 IBSF World Under-21 Championship.