For such a skilful sport, it’s amazing how often luck plays a part in snooker.
You have to feel sorry for Marco Fu after John Higgins fluked the black to beat him 6-4 in the Wembley Masters yesterday.
But Marco is level-headed enough to accept that the luck can go for you and against you. It’s often said that it ‘evens itself out in the end’ but this is by no means always the case.
Yet it is a part of the game, just like the weather is part of Test cricket: you feel that it shouldn’t play a part but it does and always will.
Some believe flukes should be outlawed. This is nonsensical. Players would have to start nominating pockets and the game would lose an important element.
It’s not just flukes. In most frames there are little rubs and nudges that can make a difference between snookering a player or not. A player can either go in-off or leave their opponent a tricky shot from the jaws of a pocket. A kick at a vital time can prevent a player from winning.
Frustrating, yes, but a constant factor in snooker.
In short: it’s part and parcel of the sport. The luck will go for Marco at some point in the future.
But yesterday it was against him at the cruellest possible time.