'I Wanted To Smash The Whole Place Up'

'I Wanted To Smash The Whole Place Up'
By PJ Browne
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Something you do not expect a snooker player to complain about - especially at the World Championship - are the conditions.

Snooker, being an indoor sport, is obviously not susceptible to the capricious weather which outdoor sports experience in northern Europe.

After losing to Alan McManus at the Crucible on Saturday, the conditions of the table were something which Ali Carter said affected the match.

Carter, who lost 13-11, had led 9-7 going into the final session.


Following his defeat, Carter articulated how frustrated he was during the match.

The conditions were absolutely horrific - there were kicks every other shot and big bounces.

I don't think I've played on a table that bad in my career. It's the same for both players but it's how it affects you mentally.

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong and I was powerless to stop it. I said to Peter during the interval that I just wanted to smash the whole place up and go home - that's how frustrated I was.

McManus could empathise with Carter's feelings.

I could sense (Carter's frustration) and I could understand why, with the conditions being quite trying out there on our table.

It can spoil your game totally so I thought right, just tough it out here - I'm going to get some dodgy bounces but try to get some chances and keep the white from not using too many cushions - that's kind of crazy but I was thinking that.

I think the frustrating thing is you put in quite a lot of work to come here, then when you come a lot of the good stuff you've been working on is undone at times through no fault of your own.

The conditions are something of which World Snooker are aware and have attempted to amend. According to the BBC, the balls have been changed after each match, the cushions have been changed three times on table one, the heating has been turned down and static tests have been done.


The conditions at the Crucible were discussed on the BBC today.



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