Shaun Murphy insists sleepless nights and the pressure of parenthood have not detracted from his game as he looks to put his below-par start to the season behind him and challenge for glory at this week's English Open.
The multiple ranking event winner is settling in to family life after marrying his partner Elaine in June and becoming a father for the first time last month.
The 2005 World Champion, however, remains fully-focused on his targets in the top echelons of snooker and is hopeful of kick-starting his season during the hectic run-in of tournaments in the coming weeks.
"It's been a bad start to the season for me but I've not really been able to put my finger on why," admitted Murphy. "It's just been frustrating."
"I feel like my game's in good shape and I've been playing well, but everyone's just so good thesedays.
"We've just had a baby and that has affected my practice schedule and my sleeping patterns, but I've not felt at all like any of that has had a knock-on effect on my snooker.
"I've been over in Dublin to see my family recently and had some good practice sessions with Fergal O'Brien."
Murphy in action (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Murphy began the new campaign with runs to the Semi-Finals of the Indian Open and Quarter-Finals of the World Open, before suffering early exits in both the Shanghai Masters and European Masters.
The world number four, who now resides in Nottingham, returns to his hometown of Manchester in search of his first silverware of the season at the inaugural English Open - the first of four lucrative Home Nation Series events.
The 34-year-old has hailed the introduction of the new Home Nation Series concept and the added incentive of a cool £1 million bonus should any player manage to win all four tournaments.
"It's a fantastic idea and a great initiative which has been a long time coming," he added. "It's great that World Snooker have listened, got together and put these events on.
"It's nice to see that while snooker is exploding around the world, no one has forgotten about home soil.
"To win four specific events is a little more difficult but it could happen. People have won four events many times before in a season - stranger things have happened.
"It's going to be very interesting to see what happens to whoever wins this week and how they perform in the next one, because suddenly all eyes will go on them."