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Oliver Lines Q&A

Talented teenager from Leeds, son of pro Peter Lines.

How are you finding life on the World Snooker Tour so far?

It is everything I hoped it would be.

What are your hopes and expectations for the next two years on the tour?

I know it’s not going to be easy but I’m just going to give it my all. I expect a tough time but hope I can rise to the challenge. I want to learn from as many top players as I can to keep improving. I also want to tackle a top 16 player on TV to see what the pressure is like.

When did you first start playing snooker?

When I was 12.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

I’m not sure I want to give too much away! But my dad says my strength is my attitude and my dedication – I love being on the table. As for weakness I would probably say I need to score heavier if I want to get to the top.

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

I play mostly at the Northern Snooker Centre as they’ve always supported me and it’s a good club. I’ve recently had practice sessions with Ricky Walden and Andrew Higginson, I also occasionally go the academy in Sheffield to practise with the Thai and Chinese players.

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

This is my job, I treat it seriously and want to give it everything. I am lucky to have a sponsor – Bering Boutique – to enable me to do this and I thank them for their support.

Who are your snooker idols?

Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Selby.

What are your hobbies and interests away from snooker?

Playing football and buying trainers!