Perhaps Thailand finally has someone who can emulate the achievements of James Wattana.
Yesterday, Thepchaiya Un Nooh, who is 23, beat Colm Gilcresst 11-7 to win the IBSF World Amateur Championship in Wels, Austria.
He had beaten Wattana on the way to the final and compiled breaks of 143 and 139 in defeating Gilcreest.
It’s worth remembering that Thailand was the leading place for snooker outside of the UK for several years throughout the 1990s.
Players were treated like pop stars and Wattana’s success inspired a nation to become interested in the game.
Yet the last of 14 ranking events to be staged in Thailand was back in 2002. There is no imminent sign of a return.
Let's hope Thepchaiya's emergence will reignite interest in this once snooker-mad country.