Snooker: Leading duo help pot Duffy back on track

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His new roommate is one of the great entertainers of modern day snooker and his new practice partner is the reigning world champion.

Life couldn’t get much better right now for Adam Duffy.

The Sheffield potter recently opted to leave his South Yorkshire home and move in with his close pal and world number three Judd Trump. The pair have been good friends since they were juniors when they went to the same snooker club in Leicester.

But Duffy, who faces Marco Fu in the first round of the International Open, which takes place in Chengdu, China later this month, is now living in Trump’s apartment and practising at his Romford-based club, Grove Snooker academy. The 24-year-old said he fancied a new challenge.

If that wasn’t enough, Duffy has also spent multiple hours in recent weeks honing his craft in the company of five-time Crucible winner Ronnie O’Sullivan.

“If someone had told me when I was 11-years-old that I would be living with someone like Judd and practicing with Ronnie, I would have laughed at them,” he told The Star.

“It is crazy how things work out.

“I felt I was getting lazy with my practice so I spoke to Judd and he told me to come down and have a look at the academy.

“It was something I had been thinking about for a while so it was not just a rash decision. They have only got five tables but the facilities are great. I am really enjoying it.”

In preparation for his second trip to the Far East this season, Duffy has practiced at the academy with O’Sullivan.

The Chigwell-born cueman, who defended his world crown in Sheffield last May, occasionally uses the venue.

“You can’t get better practice than playing with Ronnie,” conceded Duffy.

“Some of the shots Ronnie plays are unbelievable. You can pick up a lot just from watching him play.

“His shot selection is so good. He really seems to have re-discovered his love for the game.

“Ronnie is a really nice guy. He has been spot on with me.

“We usually talk about anything other than snooker!”