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The A-Z of Oliver Lines: Getting to know Snooker's rising star

Young gun Lines assesses the table

Ahead of his showdown with Judd Trump at the UK Championship on Sunday, we find out more about rising star Oliver Lines on and off the table...

Abroad - What is your favourite holiday destination?
"I've just been to Las Vegas - that's the greatest place on the planet!"

Book - What is the last book you read?
"I've never read a book - that's an easy answer!"

Cue - What cue do you use?
"It's a John Parris Traditional."

Day - What happens in a typical working day for you?
"I usually get up at about 9.00 in the morning and get to the club between 9.30 and 9.45. I then play from 10am until 1pm, have some lunch, get back on the table and finish at about 5.00. I also like to play football in the evening."

Education - How would you get on in a pub quiz?
"Terrible - I would definitely come last!"

Film - What is your favourite film?
"Casino Royale, the Taken films, The Man on Fire - they're some of my favourites and I'll watch any action films."

Goals - What are your aims for this season?
"I would like to win a tournament - it may be looking a bit far ahead but anything's possible."

Hobbies - What are your interests away from the table?
"Football, shopping and girls!"

Idols - Who are yours?
"John Higgins - I think it's hard to look past him. He's always been one of my heroes, as well as my Dad."

Job - What would you be if you weren't a Snooker player?
"I've absolutely no idea, I've never even thought about doing anything else."

Kid - Were you a well-behaved child?
"Always at home, not at school!"

Lucky - What is the biggest piece of luck you've ever had?
"Beating Mark Selby 6-4 from 4-0 down in only my sixth tournament, that doesn't happen very often."

Moan - What makes you have a good moan?
"When I'm not happy with the way I'm playing, I like to have a nice moan about that every now and again."

Nightmare - What is your worst ever moment on a Snooker table?
"I got to the final of an Asian Tour event in 2014. I played really good all week - probably the best I've ever played - but I just couldn't pot a ball against Stuart Bingham and lost 4-0. I just wish I could've played that same way I had been."

Oops! - What is the clumsiest thing you have ever done?
"I once fell down the stairs at home and went through the wall of my Dad's bedroom. It didn't even hurt, though, the wall wasn't that strong and I just put my knee straight through it!"

Picky - Is there anything that you're particular about?
"I'm quite picky when I'm buying clothes and shoes - they have to be perfect for me. Otherwise, I wouldn't say I'm a very fussy person."

Quiet - How long could you last in a sponsored silence?
"All day, 100%!"

Retirement - What do you plan to do after hanging up your cue?
"I've no idea, that's miles away!"

Shopping - Where do you buy your clothes from?
"I like Zara - it's one of my favourite shops."

Telly - What are your favourite programmes?
"Match of the Day. Also, this is going to sound pretty sad, but I like Coronation Street and EastEnders as well."

Unforgettable - What is your greatest ever moment on a Snooker table?
"Beating Mark Selby from 4-0 down, 100%."

Venue - What is your favourite venue to play at?
"I've never played at the Crucible, so the main arena in York."

Wheels - What car do you drive?
"I've got a Vauxhall Astra GT at the moment."

X - If you could kiss any girl in the world, who would it be?
"Ariana Grande - she's a bit naughty, isn't she?! I wouldn't mind Nicole Scherzinger either."

Yikes! - Do you have any phobias?
"Snakes, oh my god! When I'm watching I'm a Celebrity and a snake comes on, I have to change the channel."

Zzzzz - What puts you to sleep?
"Listening to my Dad's music - all the slow stuff, it's absolutely terrible!"


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