Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Slessor Is Hoping He Is on Cue for a Big Break in 2015! Gateshead Potter Elliot Desperate to Pocket His First Title as a Pro SNOOKER SPECIAL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Slessor Is Hoping He Is on Cue for a Big Break in 2015! Gateshead Potter Elliot Desperate to Pocket His First Title as a Pro SNOOKER SPECIAL

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Byline: Craig Johns Sports reporter craig.johns@trinitymirror.com

GATESHEAD potter Elliot Slessor is hoping the New Year will lead to a change in fortunes after a disappointing 2014.

Slessor, a professional snooker player currently ranked 97, lost against top opposition - including Neil Robertson, Stephen Maguire, Ali Carter, John Higgins and Mark Williams - in his first season as a professional.

Since the start of the 2014/15 campaign in June, the Tynesider has failed to progress beyond the last 32 in any competition.

He takes little credit from the fact he had had tight encounters with some of the world's great break-builders.

Slessor said: "There have been tight matches, some where I have lost by just one frame.

"I am not at stage where I can say it is good experience any more, though.

"I have had that experience now and realistically I should be trying to beat these players.

"It is frustrating and it has been a very disappointing year for me.

"I am not just looking for close matches.

"In my head I am thinking that is not good enough because I know I can turn these people over.

" I never go in thinking I should lose - if I did I would not bother playing."

Twenty-year-old Slessor only became a professional last year and has learned a lot in the last 18 months.

His year, though, did end on some kind of high as he headed out to Lisbon just before Christmas to take part in the Lisbon Open.

He met Peter Lines in the first round knowing the outcome could play a huge part in his future professional status.

Speaking before that clash, Slessor had said: "I play Peter Lines and victory against him should keep me on track to stay on the tour as a professional next season.

"Staying on the tour is massive for me.

"I am still young enough where, if I was relegated I would try to get back but it would not be ideal.

"It would mean I would have to drop down to amateur for at least a year.

"As a pro I automatically start in tournaments without going through amateur qualifying and you earn ranking points too.

"As an amateur you can still earn money but you cannot claim ranking points and climb the rankings, which is something I want to do. …

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