DAVID GRACE spent final summer season portray the legendary Ronnie O’Sullivan to earn cash.
Immediately, he lived as much as his ‘Wonderful’ moniker by giving the Rocket the brushstroke in entrance of the cameras within the Northern Eire Open.
Till earlier this yr, Leeds potter Grace was promoting portraits of well-known snooker gamers when he wasn’t hitting balls on the baize.
In September 2021, he accomplished a paid fee of O’Sullivan carry certainly one of his personal document equaling seven World Snooker Championships on the Crucible.
The world No. 49 in all probability could not have imagined he would find yourself beating the identical topic within the final 64, particularly since he was pissed off 4-0 of their final encounter.
Grace – who netted a prime break of 94 – got here from 2-0 as much as win 4-3 however overcame nervous moments within the penultimate interval when he may have thrown all of it away.
Grace, who now faces China’s Tian Pengfei, stated: “I labored exhausting on that. I ended up going over the restrict.
“You do not usually get a second probability towards Ronnie. I may have received 4-2 however misplaced the cue ball and missed a smelly one.
“That is when the snooker gods will not forgive you, however fortunately they had been on my facet at this time.
“At 2-0 it was actually dangerous and I am proud to have discovered management of the cue ball to get a foothold within the sport.
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“Whenever you play towards legends, they enhance once they move.
“I wished to show that I can do it on the largest stage – anybody within the rankings does it – and when you’ve gotten an opportunity you need to take it.”
About her ardour and passion for canvas, Grace added, “I’ve achieved a couple of work previously. I needed to give him a again seat as I haven’t got time once I play snooker matches.
“I did certainly one of Ronnie, which I did final summer season for a man.”
O’Sullivan’s final Residence Nations Collection victory got here 5 years in the past on the English Open and he follows arch-rival Judd Trump by way of the early exit door this week in Belfast.
Jimmy Whitesix-time world championship runner-up, stated: “David Grace performed fantastically and confirmed what an important participant he’s.
“To do it on the central stage towards the world champion in a spot like this – will probably be an important confidence for him sooner or later. He deserved his victory even when he was trailing 2-0.