Judd Trump has enjoyed himself since exiting the World Championship in a disappointing fashion, losing 13-12 from 12-9 up to Ali Carter.
Trump has holidayed in Las Vegas and Dubai, spending some of the money he won during a busy and productive season.
And he should take time to have fun. The worst thing he could have done was got back on the practice table a week or so after losing to Carter. The defeat would have been fresh in his mind.
He needed to get away from the snooker table.
Well, now he’s back and against Dominic Dale in the Wuxi Classic today was superb. Back-to-back centuries followed by a 75 clearance launched by an audacious long red made it 3-1 and he didn’t take long to wrap things up after the interval.
Trump starts the new season second in the world rankings. Mark Selby’s consistency is such that he will be hard to overhaul at the top of the list but it’s a long campaign with many titles to contest.
The biblical parable of Samson losing his hair and thus his power did not apply for Trump.