We caught up with former UK Championship semi-finalist David Grace to get his take on his eagerly-anticipated World Snooker Championship debut at The Crucible.
Yorkshireman Grace is one of five debutants in this year's tournament, having battled through three qualifying rounds at Ponds Forge last week to secure a fairy-tale first trip to the home of snooker.
The 31-year-old has been drawn to face former Shanghai Masters champion Kyren Wilson in Round One and will be out to delight his home crowd by upsetting the odds.
Live Snooker: How much are you looking forward to making your Crucible debut?
Grace: It's been a lifelong dream so can't wait to actually play there.
Live Snooker: Where does it rank in your career achievements so far?
Grace: It's up there with some of my best moments, although I hope I'm not finished in the tournament yet.
Live Snooker: It's effectively another home event for you, so I imagine you'll be hoping for some good support from the Crucible crowd?
Grace: Yeah hopefully, I know MC Rob Walker will be drumming up the Yorkshire angle, but the Crucible crowd appreciate good snooker so that's the best way to win them over.
Live Snooker: You know what it takes to go on a deep run in a major event having reached the UK Championship semi-finals in 2015. Will you be drawing on that for inspiration here?
Grace: Yes definitely I think I proved that week that I can handle the big occasion so I think that should stand me in good stead.
Live Snooker: You won 8 straight frames to qualify which is a terrific feat during a best-of-19 format, so that must have given you plenty of confidence coming here?
Grace: I didn't actually realise that because it was split over two sessions but I was more proud that I could respond when I went a couple of frames behind in my last two matches.
Live Snooker: You're up against Kyren Wilson - what can you expect from him?
Grace: He's a fantastic player who looks the part as a top 16 player, and he'll be looking to go deep in this tournament, but I'm just going to try and worry about taking my own chances when they come along.
Live Snooker: What do you need to do to give yourself the best possible chance of claiming a scalp?
Grace: You're going to have to play well to win any match at the Crucible, so that would be a start!
Live Snooker: Do you have any aims going into the tournament at all?
Grace: Just to enjoy it and hopefully put on a good performance.