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Kyren Wilson: 5 things about the new world snooker champion

Kyren Wilson was crowned world snooker champion with an 18-14 victory over qualifier Jak Jones at the Crucible on Monday.

Here, the PA news agency picks out five things you might not have known about the 32-year-old from Kettering.

Young talent

Wilson played against former world champion Peter Ebdon in a charity pool match at the age of six. After clearing the balls from Ebdon’s break-off, Ebdon told Wilson’s parents that he had the talent for a career in snooker.

Early setback

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Kyren Wilson in action at the Crucible in 2014 (Tim Goode/PA)

Wilson’s first appearance on the World Snooker Tour lasted just a year before he lost his place after failing to win a main draw match. He had to wait three years before returning to the professional game, but claimed a victory over Jones at Q School in 2011.

Breakthrough

Wilson won his first ranking title in 2015 when he battled through three qualifying rounds before winning the Shanghai Masters. When ranked 54th in the world, Wilson’s 9–8 victory over Judd Trump made him the lowest-ranked player to win a rankings title in ten years.

Wilson is a Chelsea supporter and says a message he received from former Blues star Gianfranco Zola during one of his World Cup campaigns – which he has framed in his home – is a prized possession.

Darts friend

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Wilson is friends with darts player Ricky Evans (John Walton/PA), a colleague from Kettering

Wilson is good friends with darts star and fellow countryman ‘Rapid’ Ricky Evans, the fastest player on the PDC Tour. Evans, who reached the semi-finals of the UK Open this season, is known for his flamboyant outfits and walk-on music. Asked to compare their respective talents, Wilson admitted, “He’s a better dancer than me.”