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Zak Surety Q&A

Essex cueman who came through the EBSA Play-Offs to earn a tour place for the first time.

How are you finding life on the World Snooker Tour so far?

I didn’t get off to the best of starts but hopefully I can settle in and start picking up some good results sooner rather than later.

What are your hopes and expectations for the next two years on the tour?

To stay on the tour. And I would love to qualify for the Crucible. That is the place to play snooker.

When did you first start playing snooker?

My parents have photos of me trying to pot balls before I could even walk. I started playing properly on a full size table when I was 10.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

I’d say my main strength is long potting. A weakness could possibly be the speed I play. I tend to play very quickly among the balls which can sometimes lead to unforced errors.

Where do you practise, who with and how many hours a day?

I practise at home. My parents had a room built when I was about 10. I play full time, every day. I definitely need to up my practice game now I’ve taken the step up to pro level. I often practise with Stuart Bingham and Allan Taylor.

Who are your snooker idols?

Ronnie O’Sullivan. He’s the best player to watch. He’s so fluent around the table and always looks to win the frame in one visit.

What are your hobbies and interests away from snooker?

I’m a big sports fan. I love football and play for a team on the weekends – much to the annoyance of my dad!