Welcome to the first in a series of Q&A’s on ryan147.com where I am going to be interviewing snooker players, and other people in the snooker world .
Up and coming young star Daniel Wells is the first in my series who I interviewed on Thursday 16th July 2009. The 2008/09 was his first season on the main tour after finishing 5th in the PIOS the season to secure his spot. In his first season he managed to stay on the tour by reaching the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Bahrain and Welsh Tournaments and by reaching the final qualifying round of the World Championship by beating Li Hang, Ian Preece and Marcus Campbell all 10-9 before losing 10-9 to Barry Hawkins at the final hurdle before the Crucible.
When did you start playing snooker?
I started played snooker when I was aged 10
What made you become a professional snooker player?
I just fell in love with the game really never really planned to turn professional it just happened as I improved.
Who were your favourite players from your childhood?
John Higgins was my favourite player growing up along with Matthew Stevens.
What is your personal career highlight?
Probably reaching the last 48 of the world championship this season.
Outside of Snooker do you have any sporting hero’s?
Outside snooker my sporting heros are Mike Tyson, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor!
What is your favourite Snooker Venue?
My favourite venue would have to be the Crucible Theatre. I was lucky enough to play an exhibition there in 2008 with Judd Trump, Jimmy Michie and Cliff Thorburn and it was an amazing feeling stepping out and playing there!!! I was a bit disappointed that I missed out on playing there for real there this season but hopefully I can make it there next season!!!
What is your favourite Snooker Tournament?
My favourite Snooker tournament would have to be the World Championship because that’s the biggest tournament of them all.
What was your highlight last season?
My highlight was making the last 48 of the World Championships last season and in doing that keeping my place on the main tour for next season.
What are your goals for the coming season?
To reach the top 48 and make a few venues along the way.
When you are not playing or have lost in a tournament do you still watch the games on TV.
Yes I do watch a lot of snooker on tv… I did struggle to watch the Barry Hawkins v Graeme Dott match at the Crucible in 2009 but I love snooker so I generally watch the majority of tournaments.