Luca Brecel is very on board with modernization demands Snooker, dress code, length of games and TV pundits choice need updating.
At 27, Brecel is one of the youngest players to compete at the top end of the game and wants snooker to fulfill its potential by appealing to more fans his age and younger.
Judd Trump famously called for a slew of updates to the game last year and mentioned dress codes and TV coverage, and the Belgian Bullet can see exactly where he’s coming from.
This year’s Scottish Open champion wants a fresh look at snooker coverage and slams the use of seasoned pundits at the biggest events.
“I agree 100 percent,” Brecel said Metro.co.uk. “I think this game has a lot of potential, but the problem is that we keep seeing people like John Parrott and Steve Davis.
“I know they are great players and legends, but you have to include younger people. There are so many great characters in the game but no one sees them because they never come out on TV.
“Only in the games, but you don’t talk in the games, so nobody knows how many great characters there are. I think it definitely needs to change.”
When asked if he would jump at the opportunity to do television work himself, Luca said: “I’d love to do it.”
Another point Trump raised is that he knows few people his age, 32, who are interested in snooker, and Brecel agrees as he believes the game is in the battle for attention with others finds sports difficult.
“All other sports are a bit more attractive to younger people,” he said. “They’re faster, more fun, louder, all of that.
“I think people don’t really understand how great this game is, it just needs to change a bit and it would be more appealing to younger people.”
The Belgian believes a more modern dress code and shorter matches are the answer to attracting the attention of a younger crowd and admits he finds even longer matches difficult to watch.
When asked about the changes he would make first, Brecel said: “Dress code, definitely.
“Maybe shorter games. It’s just too long, even a best of seven sounds short and for gamers it’s short, but if you’re watching it’s still a couple of hours. When you watch darts they play a best of 11 in maybe 20 minutes, half an hour. Snooker is too long, especially best of 11s, best of 19s. Even I can’t see it.
“I always watch the World Cup first round matches when I’m not playing, but the longer the tournament lasts, the less I watch because it’s just too long. If you look at the first session of the final, no one cares if it’s 6-2 or 4-4 because the game isn’t played, it doesn’t matter. It’s way too long.
“Playing the long games is fantastic, playing best of 95 would be fantastic but watching could be more appealing I think. But it’s not me.’
The dress code is a touchy subject at play, with many others calling for a change, but there never seems to be a brilliant alternative to traditional dressy attire.
“It’s very difficult,” Luca said. “Maybe a bit more like billiards or darts, but not too much.
“I like how snooker looks, but sometimes it’s a bit difficult for the players to wear it, everything is very stiff with the bow tie. It would be nice if it could change, but I’m not sure what.’
Brecel is a big darts fan and while the atmosphere at the darts would never work for a snooker crowd, he wouldn’t mind hearing a little more noise, much like the rowdy crowd at the Masters.
“They can be as loud as they want, but don’t be rude. That’s it,” he said. “You can scream and scream like the Masters, it’s great for the sport and for young people.”
Brecel will not be focusing on vests, game formats and expertise this week, but on ending his streak of first-round losses in the Crucible.
The Bullet has played four times at the great Sheffield venue and lost every time so he’s looking to break that hoodoo against Noppon Saengkham from Wednesday night.
Brecel insists he has no nerves in Sheffield, in any situation indeed, and expects to get his first Crucible win this week.
“No nerves, I never feel nerves,” he said. “Maybe at 9-9 or something, but not early in the game.
“I lost twice 10-9 [at the Crucible], probably should have won those games. lost to [Stephen] Maguire when I was 17 everyone expected that and lost to Ricky Walden when I had a day off and he was having a great day. I think that will change this year.”
Impervious to pressure, Brecel simply cannot understand why a snooker player should be attacked by nerves.
“I see no reason why I should do that,” he said. “Some people are so overzealous, it’s all normal to me. If it’s not a final, 17-each on black, I’ll feel nervous, but otherwise no chance.
“When I was very young, when I started playing the game, I was always quite nervous, but now there are so many tournaments and it’s such a beautiful life, so why be nervous about just playing one game?
“Everyone complains, I try never to complain. Even if I’m at the hotel or something, I enjoy it. It’s so much better than working all day.”
Brecel will be working hard to make the last 16 for the first time at the Crucible when he takes on Noppon on Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.
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