Snooker: Excited Travis can’t wait for Fu challenge

Sheffield youngster Mitchell Travis.
Sheffield youngster Mitchell Travis.
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Up-and-coming Sheffield potter Mitchell Travis insists he is in a no-lose situation when he faces Marco Fu in the first round of the UK Championship this week.

The 21-year-old, who hails from Gleadless, will go up against the world number six in the revamped tournament on Wednesday night.

Travis is one of seven amateur players who has been given a place in the UK Championship after a corresponding number of players from the professional tour chose not to enter.

He told The Star: “I can’t wait. I have got nothing to lose.

“I played Marco a couple of years ago and lost 4-2. But it is best of 11 frames this time so anything can happen. Even if I was playing Ronnie O’Sullivan, who is the best player in the world, if I play 100 per cent, I am confident I will not get beat.”

Should Travis cause an upset, he will play Kurt Maflin or Liam Highfield in snooker’s second biggest ranking event.

Fresh from reaching the quarter-finals of the European Tour event in Antwerp, Belgium, Joel Walker will also be in action on Wednesday when he takes on Alan McManus.

Adam Duffy is set to lock horns with Barry Pinches on Thursday.

Sheffield-based cueman Ding Junhui begins his campaign against another amateur Antony Parsons next weekend.