Mitchell Travis was happy to keep it in the family, after producing one of the biggest shocks in UK Championship history.
The Sheffield potter, one of seven amateurs in the draw at York’s Barbican Centre – came from 2-0 down to clinch a nervy 6-5 win against world No 6 Marco Fu yesterday.
The 21-year-old was initially lost for words after seeing out a tense final frame but he soon dedicated the victory to dad Gary and granddad Terry, who were there in support.
“They taught me how to play from when I was three years old, so this goes to them really,” said Travis.
“My phone bill is going to be a bit high next month, I think. Everybody in my phone is going to get rung up, on holiday or not.
“I haven’t got words yet. That is my biggest win against a top-ranked player over a long-distance match. I am absolutely over the moon.
“I went 2-0 down and I went to the toilet and had a little word with myself, just to gee myself up. Play your natural game, don’t take the pressure or anything and just concentrate on one ball at a time – it came good in the end. I am going to tell everyone else to go home now. That’s it – I’ve won it!”
Fellow Sheffielder Adam Duffy is also through to the second round after a 6-5 win over Barry Pinches.
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