Local favourite Oliver Lines is aiming to follow in the footsteps of father Peter ahead of his huge clash with Judd Trump in the second round of the UK Championship at the York Barbican Centre.
Lines Sr. who fell off the tour at the end of last season, caused one of the greatest shocks in the history of Snooker’s second-most prestigious ranking event when he sent defending champion Neil Robertson crashing out after a 6-3 victory in the opening round.
And the 47-year-old was well-supported by his son, who admitted to going through every single emotion with the 2009 quarter-finalist.
“It was brilliant. I know what he’s been through – it killed him to fall off the tour at the end of last season,” he explained.
“But to keep practising how he does and managing to beat one of the greatest players in the world is very inspiring.
“I was sat next to Luca Brecel during the last frame and I told him to feel my heart beating.
“He stared at me in a strange way because it was beating so quickly – I’ve never been that nervous when I’m playing!”
Now, Lines Jr. is looking draw inspiration from his father when he faces 2011 champion and good pal Trump at the Barbican on Sunday.
And the world number 61, who hails from Leeds, is understandably relishing the opportunity in front of his home crowd.
“I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to playing someone so much,” he admitted.
“We are good mates; we practice at the same place and are under the same management.
“We also went to Las Vegas and Dubai together, so we know each other pretty well and I’m really looking forward to playing him.”
It will not be the first time that Lines has taken on a big name at this venue, having faced World Champion and world number one Mark Selby at this stage of last year’s tournament – losing 6-0.
The 21-year-old is hoping for a change of fortune 12 months on and believes that a victory over world number three Trump would be the pinnacle of his young career.
“This time, I’m hoping I can just get on with my own game and not worry about the TV cameras,” he added.
“I just want to make a good account of myself, play the way I know I can and, if I can, I’ll have every chance of winning.
“It would mean everything if I can manage to win in front of my own crowd – it’d go down as my greatest win.”