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Jamie Clarke Q&A

Welsh potter who finished fourth on the 2014 Q School ranking list.

How do you feel you performed in Q School?

In the first event I lost 4-3 to Zhang Anda in the final round which was disappointing. But having finished fourth on the order of merit, I hope to be in most ranking events this season.

What are your hopes and expectations for this season?

I want to enter as many tournaments as possible and enjoy every moment of the experience.

When did you first start playing snooker?

At the age of eight.

What are your strengths as a player?

People tell me that I have a good all round game, and my step dad thinks that my mental attitude is getting stronger and stronger, the more tournaments I play in.

Where do you practise, who with and how many hours a day?

I don’t have a practice base at the moment. I’ve played Lee Walker a few times in recent weeks – he is over an hour from where I live but it is worth it to practise with a player who will always push you. I’d love to practise in an area where there are lots of really good players, better than myself, to push me to another level.

Do you play full time or do you have a job as well?

I used to work full time and part time to fund my snooker, but now I am very lucky to have the help of Chris Chuah from Eden Resources. I would like to say a huge thank you to Chris for sponsoring me last season and this season coming, I could not have done it without him!

Who are your snooker idols?

Without a doubt Ronnie O’Sullivan. I had the privilege to have a practice with him mid season last year and it was brilliant to watch him play close up.

What are your hobbies and interests away from snooker?

Listening to music, playing table tennis and keeping myself healthy.