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Judd Trump was contemplative after losing his world No. 1 ranking to Elliot Slessor at the British Open on Thursday. Trump was knocked out of the tournament in the round of 32, losing 3-2 to world No. 49 in Leicester’s Morningside Arena, allowing world champion Mark Selby to return to the top of the snooker rankings for the first time since March 2019. To make matters worse, Trump’s defeat and loss of the No. 1 ranking occurred on his 32nd birthday, while Slessor advanced to the last-16, where he will face Ali Carter on Friday evening. To add insult against injury for Trump, Selby has reclaimed the top place after losing 3-0 to Carter at the same stage on Thursday due to a glitch in the rankings.
The International Championship ranking points from two years ago during this event, the tournament he won in 2019. Thus he has taken a hit.
Since August of this year, Trump has been the world’s number one, having gone from strength to strength after winning his maiden global title in Sheffield three months earlier.
And, with the news that Trump had lost his grasp on the White House, the 32-year-old Englishman confessed there was nothing further he could do.
“There’s nothing I can do about it. I’ve won enough tournaments to be ranked first in the world. “Following his sad defeat, Trump told ITV on Thursday. “You can only win a certain number of events. I’ve won 11 times in the previous two years, and I’m not number one, so the odds are stacked against me.”
Trump confessed that he never got going in Leicester and was constantly waging a losing battle.
“It was a rough game,” Trump said, “we couldn’t get any rhythm going, so it was tough in the end.”
“Elliot seemed to have a little of a run here and there, And that’s what makes the difference between winning and losing.
“I’ve fought with the table since the first game, and I’ve always believed it was too heavy. I’ve seen many games, and they’ve all been rough; everyone seems to be battling.
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