Judd Trump, 19, will become the 11th teenager to compete in the final stages of the Wembley Masters in the tournament’s 35-year history after beating Mark Joyce 6-1 in the qualifying final in Sheffield today.
Trump, an outstanding junior, turned professional in 2005 but has come of age this season, qualifying for the final stages of the first four ranking events and beating Ronnie O’Sullivan on the way to the semi-finals of the Grand Prix.
He used to be very shy but seems now to relish the limelight and there’s no doubt he possesses a fierce talent.
His match against Mark Allen or Mark King at Wembley Arena in January should be one to savour.
The other wildcard will be announced soon with Ricky Walden, the Shanghai Masters champion, the obvious candidate.