Snooker: Selby primed for Champion of Champions event

 Mark Selby Champion of Champions Snooker

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Former world number one Mark Selby believes the new Champion of Champions event is “guaranteed” to cause excitement.

The event sees 16 of the world’s top players go head to head at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, with a £270,000 prize fund – £100,000 of which goes to the winner.

The 30-year-old has his sights set on becoming the champion of champions, which would be a first win of the season for Selby, but he accepts the competition will be tough in Coventry.

“It’s guaranteed to be an event that all the top players will be looking to win,” said the UK champion.

“All the top players are playing so it is a fantastic event to be involved and it’s going to be good for the fans too seeing all the top players in action.

“It’s going to be tough and I’m pretty pleased with my game at the moment so who knows.”

Selby was replaced as the world number one by Australian Neil Robertson earlier in the season and he admits returning to the top of the rankings is a target, although the ‘Jester from Leicester’ admits he feels some of the pressure has been lifted from his shoulders as he is no longer the top-ranked player.

“[Returning to number one] is a target but I’m just happy to have achieved it already,” added Selby, now ranked as the world number three.

“It would be good but it doesn’t have much of an effect on me because I don’t have to carry the tag of being world number one.”

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