UK Champs next up for Judd Trump after Premier League Snooker final defeat in Grimsby
WORLD number one Judd Trump insisted tiredness did not play a part in his Premier League final defeat – but admitted he needs a few days off to recharge for the UK Championship.
The 23-year-old was on the baize until 1.30am on Sunday morning at Grimsby Auditorium as he beat Neil Robertson 5-4 in a gruelling semi-final.
He didn't make a break above 50 throughout that match, but looked to have recovered when he burst out of the blocks with an 83 in the first frame of the final later the same day, against Stuart Bingham.
But aside from a quick-fire 101 century in frame seven, the Bristol cueman never got going and unbeaten Premier League debutant Bingham stormed to a 7-2 triumph.
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"I don't think the late night played a factor," said Trump, who won the International Championship and European Tour Event Four tournaments earlier this month.
"I still got plenty of sleep and I started the final well.
"A few cannons just didn't fall for me in the next few frames and Stuart played well. It didn't happen for me, but you just have to forget about these things and move on.
"I'm looking forward to the UK Championship next week now.
"It's been a busy few weeks. I'm just going to take a couple of days off now and try and get my motivation back for the UK."
Trump, last year's World Championship runner-up, said Bingham was a worthy winner of this year's Premier League.
"Stuart's been the best player throughout the whole tournament so he deserved to win it," he said.
"He's got a lot of confidence and is probably one of the best five or six players around at the moment.
"He really appreciates it and is enthusiastic, so he deserves it."
Trump added: "It's good fun wherever we play on the Premier League, but it's a good crowd in Grimsby and I enjoyed it."