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Kyren Wilson: £1 million Home Nations Series bonus on the top of my list

Kyren Wilson is eyeing the £1 million bonus on offer in the Home Nations Series (credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Kyren Wilson has admitted that the £1 million bonus on offer during the inaugural Home Nations Series is on the top if his list ahead of meeting Daniel Wells in the second round of the English Open.

Given the hectic schedule of the tour nowadays with tournaments happening across Europe and Asia, the world number 16 is pleased by the increase in events on home soil and is happy to be playing at Event City in Manchester.

He is also excited at the prospect of the bonus on offer to any players that can win all four Home Nations Series events in a single season.

"It's nice to have more tournaments in the UK," he said. "We're doing a lot of travelling nowadays, so to just drive down the road for this is perfect.

"It's nice to be back in Manchester, I think the set-up's brilliant and it's on the top of my list to win that £1 million bonus, so happy days!"

The Warrior began his quest with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over amateur and TV debutant Wayne Townsend in the first round on Monday.

Wilson made breaks of 91 and 103 along the way and, after suffering a surprise defeat against Zak Surety in the European Masters qualifiers at the end of September, was glad to get back to winning ways.

"For me, it was a very pleasing performance and definitely an improvement on last time out anyway," he observed.

"Sometimes, when the opportunities are coming quite easily, it's quite easy to let your concentration slip a little bit, but I don't think I missed anything too easy and I still took control when I needed to.

"I stamped my authority early and that gave me confidence for the rest of the match.

"Now I'm in round two, the tournament starts to get a little bit more interesting so I'm happy to be there."

It is just over a year since the 24-year-old burst onto the scene with his victory at the 2015 Shanghai Masters - beating Judd Trump 10-9 in a thrilling Final.

That success was instrumental in Wilson's rapid rise from 54 in the world rankings and into the top 16 for the first time in his career, and he is happy with how things have progressed for him on and off the table.

"It's been unbelievable so far, the support that I've been receiving has been amazing," he smiled.

"My life's changed and I've got to make sure I do the right things to keep my life the way it is now."




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Kyren Wilson: £1 million Home Nations Series bonus on the top of my list

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