The former World Champion on snooker, golf and tinnitus…
Peter you were on the winning team at the World Snooker golf day last week at The Oxfordshire, did you enjoy it?
Absolutely – I didn’t play very well, I played off a handicap of 24 and I was nowhere near it. But my team mates carried me – it was a real pleasure to watch them play and I was fortune to be on the winning side. The course was brilliant – it was a shame it rained but it was only heavy for 20 minutes or so. I actually had a couple of games of golf last week because I was staying not far from the course. My youngest son Ethan was over from Dubai and he went to the Reading music festival – he saw the Arctic Monkeys and loved it. I can’t go to things like that because I’ve got very bad tinnitus which I’ve had for around four years.
Does the tinnitus affect your snooker at all?
No, but it does help when I’m staying with my mum and she asks me to do the washing up, because I pretend I can’t hear her.
The age limit for the World Seniors Championship has been lowered to 40, so do you think you’ll play in it this season?
I’m surprised because Barry Hearn actually promised me that when I got close to 45 he’d put it up to 50. But I probably will enter it this season. It might seem like a bit of fun to the viewers but for snooker players it’s always very competitive once we’re on the table. I will look forward to it. Blackpool is a great venue although I struggle at the Shoot-Out because I’m deaf in my left ear so I can barely hear the shot clock. There is so much noise and it all goes into my right ear. But it is a fantastic atmosphere.
How do you feel about your snooker at the moment?
There are encouraging signs. I had a very good win against John Higgins in Latvia with four breaks over 80, then I had another good win against Stuart Bingham in the next round. I feel as if I’m on the verge of playing well again. I just need to keep doing all the right things in terms of my diet and my fitness. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and I hope I’m not too far away from winning a tournament.
You were at the recent Billy O’Connor snooker marathon, how did it go?
I was there for a few hours and played against anyone who wanted to play me. Billy is a lovely lad – I had a couple of frames against him and he’s a talented player. It was fantastic that so many snooker players turned up to support the day. Over £10,000 was raised for Teenage Cancer Trust.