Euro Stars | Brian Ochoiski
Top French cueman Brian Ochoiski is the latest in our series of interviews with players from a growing wave of talent emerging across continental Europe.
The 22-year-old Ochoiski just missed out on securing professional status in the 2020 Q School and lost 4-2 to Farakh Ajaib in the final round of the third event. Now, however, he has set himself the goal of leading the qualifying glove for the Betfred World Cup and reaching the melting pot.
He will face Rory McLeod in the opening round this afternoon. If he were to reach the Theater of Dreams, it would come with the added bonus of a two-year tour ticket. Ochoiski believes there is a realistic way to secure your place on the World Snooker Tour and the Crucible this week.
Despite missing out on professional status, Ochoiski has played a prominent role on the racetrack as a supercharger this season. He made his first century on the World Snooker Tour in an impressive encounter with world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan at the English Open, which he led 2-0 before he was eliminated 4-2.
Ochoiski said, “I take this opportunity to get professional across the Crucible very seriously. I am working hard on it. I think my game is in good shape at the moment. So why not go to the Crucible and get professional that way? It would be great for me, for France and for everyone who supports me. I practice in Sheffield and walk past the Crucible every day and consider it the place I want to be. It would be amazing to be there.
"It was a dream come true to play Ronnie O'Sullivan. I'm coming out of nowhere as my country is not very developed with snooker at the moment. I hope it will be in the future. When I saw me was drawn against Ronnie I was very happy. It was the right moment to play him. To make my first professional century against him was amazing. Even if I didn't win the match, I was very happy to play him. "
Watch the interview in full:
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