Richard Hewitt talks sport with Adam Duffy

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Adam Duffy, aged 23, the rising Sheffield snooker player

What have you been doing today?

I actually had a facial! I’ve been having sports massages and one of the girls there suggested I went in for a bit of steam treatment so I gave it a try.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Ronnie O’Sullivan. He’s so naturally talented and he’s got it all, it was fantastic playing against him in Germany last year.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Naseem Hamed. He was a great sportsman, obviously a Sheffield lad and ultra-confident. I loved the way he went about things, he was very exciting to watch.

What’s your favourite other sport and why?

I’ve always enjoyed football, I used to play when I was younger and I’ve always supported Sheffield Wednesday. I’ve also been lucky enough to become friends with a few players and managed to get a few tickets!

Who is the most famous person in your phone

Good question! I’d have to say Ronnie O’Sullivan, but I’ve also got Judd Trump who is a good friend of mine, and Kell Brook too.

When was the last time you cried?

I almost did when I went for a facial! No, I would probably say it was when my Granddad passed away.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I’d have to say my Dad, Kevin. Without his support I wouldn’t be playing today.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

I once heard Brendan Ingle say that if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail and it’s very true.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

Well we used to play at Willie Thorne’s club in Leicester and I used to get beat by everybody. Then we moved to a different club I started to take the odd frame off of Judd Trump and I thought, ‘I might be alright at this’.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My Nan, being a devout Catholic, gave me some rosary beads that I carry with me. I like to give them a quick rub before I play sometimes!

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

When I played Ronnie live on Eurosport. I’d only finished my previous match ten minutes beforehand and he had been waiting an hour to play me!

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Sometimes yes, when I’m struggling for form. My coach Del Hill is one of the best in the world though and he helps me through that.

What is your view of social network sites like Twitter and Facebook?

Twitter I enjoy, it’s interesting. I’m not sure about facebook though, it’s full of people moaning and posting what they had for tea. I don’t need to know that!

How do you relax away from sport?

I like to have a laugh with my friends, maybe go out for some food every now and again to unwind.

Where was your last holiday?

Skegness! It’s where my coach lives and I go down to visit a lot. I’m supposed to be going to Marbella with Judd (Trump) if I do OK in my next tournament, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Do you cook? If so, what’s your favourite?

I absolutely love to cook. I’d have to say Thai Red Curry is probably my favourite dish, I love it.

What was the last book you read?

I started to read The Game, by Neill Strauss. I got about halfway through and my cousin stole it! I haven’t seen it since.

If you weren’t playing snooker, what would you be doing?

I’d probably be working with my dad in the building trade. I did it while I was an amateur, but I haven’t needed to since then.

What is your favourite TV Programme?

Only Fools and Horses. It’s a classic, and never gets old. I’ve even got a friend who calls me Del to his Rodney, because of all the daft things I make him do.

Tell our readers in your words, why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

Well I’m honest about things really, and I’m a bit of a jack-the-lad!