Judd Trump hits back at “rival” Kyren Wilson following Champion of Champions comments

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Judd Trump hits back at ‘rival’ Kyren Wilson following Champion of Champions comments


Trump was beaten 6-1 by Wilson in Coventry (credit:Steven Paston/PA Archive/PA Images)

Judd Trump has responded to Kyren Wilson’s comments following their clash at the recent Champion of Champions, suggesting their clash of personalities could lead to a rivalry developing in years to come.

Wilson thrashed Trump 6-1 in their group final in Coventry last week before going on to make the final, losing out in a last-frame decider to Ronnie O’Sullivan.

While he went back to the practice table, Wilson revealed his surprise at Trump being “sat down” during the mid-session interval.

Wilson said: “I was quite shocked to walk in the practice room and Judd was sat down, I tried to get back on the practice table to get my arm going and I thought he’d have done the same.

“Just sending these little messages to players just makes you think, maybe I want it a bit more than you.”

Wilson suffered a shock First Round exit at the Northern Ireland Open at the hands of Lee Walker just 24 hours after his agonising defeat in the Champion of the Champions final.

Trump, meanwhile, defeated Matthew Selt 4-2 on Tuesday and responded to Wilson’s remarks in a post-match interview with Eurosport.

“A lot of people expect me to do a lot better,” said Trump, a former UK Champion and World Championship finalist.

“They’re kind of saying it in a good way but it comes across quite badly.

“People are saying that Kyren is the next up and coming star but he’s nearly my age and he’s won nowhere near what I’ve won.

“With his personality and mine, it clashes a little bit.

“People are looking for rivals for the future and I think us two are probably going to be that.

“I saw it [the interview] and I’d reply – with his cue action he probably needs a bit more practice than me.”