AFTER a breakthrough debut season on the main tour Adam Duffy admits he got lazy, but the Eckington snooker ace insists he has given himself a much-needed new lease of life just at the right time.
Duffy couldn’t have asked for much better time of things last season, bursting onto the scene in his maiden main tour by finishing 62nd in the world and as the second-best newcomer behind China’s Yu Delu, who ended up four places higher.
But the 23-year-old has failed to repeat last year’s heroics so far this season, failing to win his first six first-round matches before breaking the hoodoo against Liam Highfield in August.
This was followed up by a straight sets victory over China’s Li Yan a month later and Duffy is adamant he has finally turned a corner.
This revival couldn’t be better timed as Duffy heads off to Sofia this week on the European Tour, the first time in the competition’s history it has visited Bulgaria, before returning to Britain for the UK Championships qualifiers.
And despite admitting that he hasn’t been at his best so far this season, Duffy believes he is ready to turn the tables on his rivals after handing himself a wake-up call.
“Last year was a great first year for me as I managed to remain pretty consistent and ended up creeping into the top 64 which was fantastic,” said Duffy, who will face off against Joe Perry in Bulgaria.
“I lost my first two rounds in the first two events last year but then after that I managed to get on a bit of a roll and didn’t lose a first-round match for nine tournaments and that settled me.
“Unfortunately this season I had a blip at the start of the season and have struggled and I think that it was down to not working as hard as I had done the year before.
“But since then I have put in a lot of hard work and am ready to turn my season around because now there are a lot of tournaments in a short space of time and I want to kick my season off.
“I think every player needs that wake-up call to get them going again and I have had mine and hopefully I can start off now.
“It all starts with Joe Perry in Bulgaria and although it will be a tough match I go into every game thinking I can win and this will be no different.”
Duffy counts fellow snooker ace Judd Trump as a close friend, the two 23-year-olds coming through the junior and professional ranks at the same time.
While Duffy has struggled this season Trump has been enjoying himself, losing the final of the Shanghai Masters 10-9 to John Higgins before beating Neil Robertson 10-8 to claim the inaugural International Championship in China earlier this month.
And Duffy admits he is desperate to share the spotlight with his close friend.
“Me and Judd are close friends and it gives me a buzz to see him doing well so hopefully I can feed off him and carry that over into my game.”
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