Neil Robertson believes that Judd Trump should take a leaf out of the late Paul Hunter’s book after refusing to speak to the media following his shock First Round defeat to Rory McLeod at the World Championship on Wednesday.
Trump, who was rumoured to be suffering a shoulder injury, declined to undertake his compulsory post-match media duties after suffering a 10-8 loss at the hands of the world number 54.
Robertson is confident that his fellow left-hander will learn from the situation but insists that he should take inspiration from the example set by the late Hunter.
Despite being diagnosed with cancer which would eventually lead to his tragic death at the age of 27 in 2006, the three-time Masters champion continued to appear and co-operate in press conferences after matches without fail.
“Judd must’ve been hurting like you wouldn’t believe,” he said. “But it is disappointing that he hasn’t given some form of feedback, even if it is only on social media.
“I think he could learn a bit from Paul Hunter, who was going through cancer yet still gave interviews every single time.
“Judd’s great guy but, it doesn’t matter how much you’re hurting, it’s important to speak to the media.
“He didn’t have to talk for 15 or 20 minutes, but I’m sure he’ll learn from that for next time.”
Paul Hunter tragically died at the age of 27 (Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
The Australian, who revealed he has been struggling with a gaming addiction, also said that he empathised with Ronnie O’Sullivan following the Rocket’s comments about the now notorious players’ contract earlier in the week.
However, the 2010 World champion believes he knows a possible solution to the dilemma, which has the subject of great debate over the course of the 2017 World Championship so far.
“I can really understand where Ronnie’s coming from in this situation,” he added.
“At the end of the season, the top 16 to 32 players have got to get together, get a lawyer to represent us and get certain things taken out of the players’ contract.
“At the moment, we get handed a booklet that’s so many pages long and we just sign it, otherwise we don’t get to play.
“Every other sport has some sort of players’ representation. We do have a committee but don’t really have a proper players’ association, which is what we need.”