Moorside snooker ace looking to overcome disappointing start to tour

MOORSIDE SNOOKER professional Michael Wild is looking to put a disappointing start to his return to the sport’s main tour behind him.

The 34-year-old is in action in the qualifiers for the German Masters that are being held at Robin Park Arena and Sports Centre, Wigan, between December 17/20.

Michael Wild

And success would be the perfect Christmas present as it would qualify him for the finals in Berlin in early February.

Michael, returning to the main tour for the first time since 2003/04 after claiming a two-year card by winning the European Open in Prague, admitted it has been “really tough” so far.

He has so far reached the finals of two tour events, the International Championship in Daqing, China, and UK Championship much closer to home at York.

But in each event he has suffered first-round defeats and whitewashes as both losses have been by 6-0 margins.

Michael, currently 99th in the world rankings, lost to Sanderson Lam in China and by the same scoreline to Welshman Dominic Dale at the York event.

Yet it has not all been gloom as in the qualifiers for the event in China he defeated Judd Trump, the current world number six and former number one, 6-0 at Barnsley Metrodome.

And though Michael says there were no redeeming aspects to his display at York, he almost claimed the opening frame, eventually losing 69-66.

Michael said: “It was a shocking performance and I struggled out there from start to finish really.

“I’ve had a new tip on my cue and I’m really struggling to get used to it – I’m struggling in general to be honest.

“I think it’s a case of putting in the practice now because I just need to get used to this new tip and hopefully it can make a difference.”

Michael’s qualification for the main tour right at the end of last season means he has a two-year card, so cannot lose his place this term.

He has not found the transition back into professional snooker easy but he will have plenty of chances to rectify that.

He continued: “I’ve found being back on tour really tough this year.

“It’s changed a lot since the last time I was on it back in 2003/04– it’s definitely a lot better now, so I want to start picking up some results.

“There’s loads of tournaments, so I’ve got loads of chances but it’s just hard when you get beaten like that. It’s a real struggle.”

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