Snooker: Revenge drives on rising star Travis

Mitchell Travis during his victory over Kurt Maflin during day seven of the williamhill.com UK Championships at The Barbican Centre, York.
Mitchell Travis during his victory over Kurt Maflin during day seven of the williamhill.com UK Championships at The Barbican Centre, York.
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Revenge is on the mind of Sheffield amateur Mitchell Travis ahead of his clash with David Morris in the first round of the UK Championship.

Travis today takes on Irishman David Morris, who beat him in this summer’s Q School final to deny the 21-year-old a place on the tour.

“I need to try and get one back on him,” said Travis, who has already defeated world number six Marco Fu and Kurt Maflin in the tournament to guarantee a £9,000 payday. “I’m just loving every second of it. When I got my chances I seemed to take them. If I play like that I’m going to win.

“I’m hitting form at the right time. WEverything is coming into place. I love the big arena – I seem to rise for the big occasion.”

Travis should have been pulling pints on Monday afternoon but instead he was too busy celebrating beating Maflin 6-4.

Travis, who works behind the bar at Hallamshire Proprietary Bowling Club as well as at a call centre, said: “I was meant to be working in the afternoon but gave it a miss. I went to work on Saturday night in the snooker club and they were all taking the mick out of me because all I kept saying is ‘over the moon’.

“I’m over the moon again – well, I’m on my way back down now. Who would have thought that? An amateur through to the last 32, beating two top-class players.

“My dad was just coming up to me, jumping on me and my granddad as well – I’m a big lad anyway but he just picked me up. I didn’t think my granddad was that strong.

“There were tears rolling down his eyes – it was absolutely fantastic.”

Fellow Sheffield potter Adam Duffy was beaten 6-3 by reigning world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan last night.