Lisowski on the PIOS, Wells and the recession

While the last few days have seen little in the way of snooker news, current Paul Hunter Scholar Jack Lisowski has been answering a few questions for the Eurosport website and as ever it makes good reading…

To read the Q&A in full, please click here.

As well as being one of the most promising young players around at the moment it is refreshing to see a player coming through who is so eloquent and genuinely interesting to hear from. As regulars will know I was lucky enough to bump into him at the English Open recently and he came across just as well in person which with some is not always the case.

It is interesting to hear him say that he ‘felt the pressure of everything’ over in Leeds as in his early matches he did look to be playing quite well, without quite killing the frames off in one visit. Though he did not win it, the event will no doubt have been a good experience for him and it will hopefully help him on the PIOS as he looks to build on his event one success and secure a place on the main tour for next season.

The comparisons with Daniel Wells are also worth noting, both are at a similar stage in their careers (Wells slightly ahead obviously), and in a few seasons if they continue to develop at their present rate could find themselves fighting it out with the likes of Michael White, Xiao Guodong and of course Judd Trump to be the best of their generation.

All have a long way to go before they fulfil their potential at the highest level, but of those currently in the 18-20 bracket, they appear to be the best placed right now. One thing I have learned from following snooker however is that things can change very quickly but these players all appear to have a good attitude and are prepared to work hard – crucial attributes if they are to eventually go on and win the biggest trophies in the game…