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Robertson Eager To Regain Form In Crawley

Robertson claimed his maiden ranking title at the 2018 European Masters.

Since claiming a dream maiden title at the 2018 European Masters Jimmy Robertson has struggled to replicate that sort of form, he is hoping to recapture the winning feeling at the upcoming 19.com English Open in Crawley.

The Bexhill cueist will take to the baize in his home county of Sussex when the world’s best descend on the K2 in Crawley next month. The event runs from 14th-20th October and tickets are still available. To buy click here.

Robertson’s European Masters victory came in Belgium after he dramatically won his first three matches 4-3 on the final black. He eventually went on to defeat Joe Perry 9-6 in the final to take home the trophy.

However, Robertson suffered a downturn in form for the remainder of the season and ultimately won just 30 of the 63 matches he played over the campaign. He now hopes that he can put a difficult second half of the season behind him.

“It has been a bit of a nightmare since winning in Lommel to be honest with you,” said 33-year-old Robertson. “I’ve not kicked on like I had hoped to do. I still practised hard, but perhaps I just took it for granted that things would continue in that way. It was a weird season. Everything was going in the right direction in terms of ranking and money. We bought a house and I had got the tournament win. Then you start losing a couple of matches and things become difficult. There are no easy games on tour.

“There are more family and friends that come to watch me at the English Open than other events. It is local so there is a bit more support and it would be one I’d love to do well in. However, I treat all tournaments the same. I just need to get on a run and get going as soon as possible.”

With almost a year having passed since his victory in Lommel, world number 22 Robertson admits he still looks back on that week with his family and that he’s trying to draw inspiration for a return to form.

“I was on cloud nine after winning the European Masters. I would turn up at tournaments feeling completely different. That feeling obviously faded but it is something you want to get back. I still watch the final every now and then. My boy will put it on quite often as he likes seeing himself on the television. It brings back good memories. It makes me hungry to want to do it again.”