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“I hate the game just now” - John Higgins reveals loss of appetite for snooker success

Higgins looks on from his seat (credit: Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

John Higgins admits he has lost the motivation to practice and compete after losing in consecutive World Championship finals.

The four-time World Champion came up short to Mark Selby at The Crucible in 2017 and Mark Williams this year and says those loses have dented his desire to put in the hard work.

Higgins, 43, is the third most successful player in the history of the sport, having racked up 30 ranking titles during an illustrious career.

Higgins, who is part of snooker's infamous 'Class of 92', has struggled for form in his limited appearances this season, losing in the First Round of the Shanghai Masters and failing to qualify for the International Championship.

The veteran Scot, however, finished runner-up in the China Championship last month but says his form is some way off the high standards he has set himself.

"I've not really started the season," Higgins told Eurosport. "I've not really picked my cue up since Sheffield and my performances have illustrated that.

"I don't know how I got to the final out in China, that was one of the worst weeks of snooker I've played.

"I just hate the game really just now. 

"I think you get that in life with people doing their jobs.

"After the two big finals I've lost at the Crucible I've thought 'I can't be bothered actually picking my cue up again' but obviously you've got to.

"It's just the way I'm feeling just now and you go through spells like that."

Higgins is among a star-studded line-up at the English Open in Crawley this week as he bids to recapture his vintage best form and vie for glory in the Home Nation Series event.

The Wishaw ace admits the travelling and his sudden loss of form has dampened his appetite for success but is hopeful he can stop the rot sooner rather than later.

He added: "It's a long season and I didn't enter the first two or three events and then I was out in Shanghai for three weeks, I took my brother and it was basically a holiday.

"Although you enjoy it, it's a job at the end of the day.

"When you're not playing well and you can't be bothered putting the practice in, you know you're not going to get results.

"That's just the point I'm at but I'm sure I'll get over it."


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