Trump this! Could you picture champion Judd at eight You can now
Here’s snooker sensation Judd Trump taking his first steps on the road to stardom when he scooped his first championship win – at the tender age of eight.
The star was photographed as a pint-sized wannabe after romping to victory against his grown-up opponents on the baize of a Bristol snooker club.
Spot the difference: Judd was a winner even at the tender age of eight
Then just 4ft tall, he had to stand on tip-toes to reach the cue ball.
Fast-forward 13 years and Judd picked up his biggest win to date when he clinched the UK Championships by beating Mark Allen 10-8 on Sunday night.
Judd started playing snooker at the age of six when trucker dad Steve bought him a mini 4ft x 2ft table for their home in Whitchurch, Bristol.
Lovely: Trump celebrates with the spoils of his victory
He soon started racking up wins for Keynsham Snooker Centre’s senior club side in division three of the Bristol and District Snooker League.
But Judd scooped his first senior competition win in 1998 when he clinched the club’s handicap tournament from a field of 30 players.
He racked up impressive breaks of 31, 39 and two of 32 as he won the championship and had notched up a person best break of 65 by the age of eight.
Proud: Trump”s family stand by his side as he shows off his trophy
At the time, he said: “It was nice to beat all those grown-ups – I hope they didn’t mind too much.
“I want to be able to play fast and exciting snooker like my hero Ronnie O’Sullivan.”
Trump is now ranked fifth in the world rankings – ten places above his boyhood idol O’Sullivan.