Adam Duffy has predicted a bright future for call centre worker Mitchell Travis - as long as the amateur potter does not get carried away by his new-found fame.
Gleadless-born Travis caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of the UK Championship last week by knocking out world No 6 Marco Fu in the opening round of the tournament.
The 21-year-old, supported throughout by father Gary and grandfather Terry, then backed up that success by defeating highly-regarded Norwegian cueman Kurt Maflin.
Although he was well beaten by David Morris in the last 32, Travis, who also works as a part-time barman, certainly impressed the snooker fraternity.
Now the Sheffield youngster has turned his attentions to the German Masters and Haikou World Open qualifiers, which takes place at the Barnsley Metrodome this week.
Duffy told The Star: “I have practiced with Mitchell a few times. He is a good player. He has obviously been working hard as his results have been great.
“All credit to him for beating Marco [Fu]. I lost to Marco in the International Open and he was playing well. I didn’t see the game but I heard Mitchell played really well and then he got another good result against Kurt [Maflin].
“Mitchell has got the potential to go far. He is a young lad who loves winning. I think he earned around £9,000 out of his run in the UK’s so that will be a nice confidence booster for him.
“Hopefully it is the start of something really big for Mitchell.
“If I were to give him any advice, it would be to stay focused and just to play snooker all the time until his fingers start bleeding!”
Travis, Duffy and Joel Walker will all be competing in the qualifiers. World number 66 Duffy can’t wait for the events, having performed well at the UK Championship in his second round defeat to Ronnie O’Sullivan. Neil Robertson bagged the title after defeating Mark Selby 10-7 last night.
“I held my own against Ronnie and it has given me a lot of confidence,” he said. “I think it helped having practiced with him a few weeks before it so I wasn’t intimidated by him at all.”
The German Masters qualifiers take place on Wednesday and Thursday while the Haikou World Open qualifiers will be held on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are priced at £5 per day, with three sessions on each day at 10am, 2.30pm and 7pm. For more information, ring 01226 738 618.