Judd Trump delighted to be back on top


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Judd Trump is delighted to have returned to the top of the world rankings although he says winning tournaments will always be his priority.

Trump replaced Ronnie O’Sullivan by beating Joe Perry in the last 16 of the International Championship, and followed up by seeing off Tom Ford 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

The 29-year-old is delighted to be back at the top of the rankings for the first time since 2013, but says winning silverware is his main goal. “It is nice to be number one,” said Trump.

“Anyone that says they don’t want to be world number one is lying. It is always good to be on top of your sport, but the main thing is you really want to win tournaments.”

The Bristolian enjoyed his most successful campaign to date last year. He won The Masters for the first time and then a maiden World Championship crown.

Those victories mean Trump completed his Triple Crown collection after he had won the UK Championship in 2011. The ‘Juddernaught’ also managed to land the Northern Ireland Open and World Grand Prix titles last season.

Trump is 4.20 to win The Masters this year and 4.00 to win the UK Championship. O’Sullivan is 4.20 to win the UK Championship, Neil Robertson is 6.50 and Mark Selby is 7.50.

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