But for the IBSF World Under 21 Championship Neil Robertson may never have had his moment in the sun at the Crucible this year.
The young Australian had already made two attempts at a professional career but made little progress by 2003.
However, Robertson's capture of the world junior title gave him a route back on to the main tour and he has never looked back since.
This year’s World Under 21 Championship begins tomorrow in Letterkenny, Republic of Ireland.
Will it be won by one of the stars of tomorrow?
Among those who have triumphed in the tournament, which was first staged in 1987, in past years are Ken Doherty, Peter Ebdon, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Marco Fu, Ricky Walden, Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo.
There have been others, too, who have failed to make the step up to the professional ranks with any success.
The draw for the event can be found on Global Snooker here.