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Talented seven-year-old Westley Cooper was at the Dafabet Masters on Sunday – playing with a new junior cue specially designed by John Parris.

Leicester-based Westley needs to stand on a crate to reach the table, but has already made a line-up break of 105 and has played in exhibitions against Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis and Jimmy White.

Official WPBSA World Snooker coach Mukesh Parmar, who runs the Winchester club where Westley plays, said: “He has a lot of talent and potential but we were struggling to find a cue that suited him. I was surprised that no one was making junior equipment, as they do in other sports. I spoke to John Parris and he has now made one for Westley and he’s working on a range of junior cues. I think it will be a step forward in terms of growing snooker at grassroots level and helping more young players develop their game.”

Leading cue maker Parris added: “Most young players take a standard cue and then cut part of it off. But it then loses its balance. I would like to make miniature versions which can grow with the player, by using a shorter butt which can be gradually extended. I am keen to work with the WPBSA to help youngsters who are the future of our sport.”

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