Jamie Jones admits there was a time when he thought he would never play professional snooker again, in the new episode of the WST Podcast.
Jones recalls the best moments of his early career, including a run to the quarter-finals on his Crucible debut in 2012. In 2018, the Welshman was suspended from the tour for breaching betting regulations. He did not fix the outcome of matches himself, but failed to report knowledge of an arrangement involving another player. He spent two years away from the circuit before regaining his place at Q School in 2020. Since then he has climbed into the world’s top 32.
He told Michael McMullan: “I had some really dark times where I wasn’t going to play again, simple as that. A year was a long time, then that turned into two years and I felt I couldn’t do another year of it. I got another job because I had to get out of my bedroom. Otherwise I could have still been stuck in my bedroom now. It was bad. It got to the point where I couldn’t have felt any worse then I did, so I had to go and do something else.”
Speaking about his return to the tour, he added: “I didn’t want the lasting memory of Jamie Jones to be ‘Oh he was a good player, but he ended because he got banned.’ That was the overwhelming thing for me. Whatever happens on the tour now, whether I achieve all my dreams or not, I have come back and given it a really good shot. Since I have come back I have done better than I thought. I prepare better now and I appreciate where I am more now. I have never felt more ready in my life. Everything is geared up for me to have the best years of my life, going forward.”
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