Luca Brecel says his preparation for winning the World Snooker Championship ‘should not be legal’ after partying and little practice before lifting the trophy this year.
The Belgian Bullet stunned Mark Selby 18-15 in the Crucible final, playing brilliantly to overcome the four-time world champion in his first visit to the Sheffield showpiece.
Remarkably, the 28-year-old had never won a match at the Crucible in five previous visits to the iconic venue, but he has beaten Ricky Walden, Mark Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Si Jihaui in Sheffield before ousting Selby in a classic, which saw the Jester make a 147.
Brecel revealed earlier in the tournament that he had barely practiced and got ‘drunk as hell’ between his wins over Williams and O’Sullivan, which he says ‘shouldn’t be legal’.
‘I won’t practice, obviously for a couple of weeks and months. I’m just going to enjoy this it’s been a crazy week,’ Brecel told the BBC. ‘No practice, just partying. It shouldn’t be legal.’
After a wild build-up, he says the party may not be quite so feisty now he has won the title.
‘It’s going to be very quiet, to be honest. I’m exhausted,’ he said. ‘This World Championship, I think we’ve got two or three months off but that’s exactly what you need after this. It’s so exhausting.
‘Not an early night, but it’s not going to be wild. Just a couple of beers.’
Selby is not so sure he could get away with the same plan, saying: ‘Well, I need to practice. I’m not as naturally talented as him and turn up to pot balls like he does!’
Brecel has become the first world champion from mainland Europe with this victory and he now expects huge interest to emerge in Belgium where snooker is a niche sport, but his run has been huge news.
‘It’s going to explode,’ he said. ‘I was so nervous because I just wanted it to happen for Belgium and for Europe. Now it has happened I can’t wait to see what it brings to the world.
‘I’m just so happy. I don’t know how I did it, but I’m happy.’
Asked how he has gone from no wins at the Crucible to lifting the trophy, he had no real explanation, just feeling it is the fine margins of such a painfully difficult game.
‘Nothing changed, snooker is a difficult sport, in the first round I could have lost to Ricky Walden,’ he said. ‘Beat him 10-9, if I’d have lost that, everyone would have been saying, oh he lost again first round. Now I’m the winner! Those are the small margins in snooker, it’s crazy. I still can’t believe it.’
Brecel flies up the rankings to number two in the world with the £500,000 top prize, while Selby settles for £200,000.
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