RISING snooker star Adam Duffy is just four games away from becoming the first ever Sheffield player to qualify for the World Championships.
Duffy is on form after beating world number one Mark Selby in a Player’s Tour Championship game earlier this season.
Now the world number 66 is ready to take on Lucky Vatnani in the first qualifying round of the World Championships at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) on Sunday.
He’s already beat the Indian player twice this year, in the qualifiers for the Chinese and Welsh Open tournaments, and if he beats Vatnani again he could go on to meet former top-16 player Joe Perry in the final qualifying round.
Duffy, who narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Welsh Open after a final-round defeat by Peter Ebdon, said: “Right now, I want to win as many matches as I can. If I do qualify for the World Championship this year, then long may it continue, and if not this year then it’ll hopefully happen in the future.”
Owls fan Duffy, of Eckington, plays snooker eight hours a day at Hustler’s Sports Bar, where he trains with Chesterfield-born Nigel Bond.
He grew up with World Championship runner-up Judd Trump, who used to stay at the Duffy family home when he was competing in the north.
Duffy said: “I do aim to get into the world’s top 64. If I win two matches I’ll sneak in, which will be a bonus. It’s all about being your own player. I play every game to enjoy it.”
His father, Kevin, said he has a flamboyant, laid-back style and that he models himself on former world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Duffy, who won a Paul Hunter scholarship to train at the World Snooker Academy at the EIS in 2008, faced his idol O’Sullivan in a PTC game in Germany earlier this season, losing 4-0.
The 23-year-old first came on to the scene last year when he pulled off a win against former Scottish Open champion David Gray to earn his professional tour spot.
He trained with the Sheffield Wednesday football academy and used to play for the Young Owls,