Mark Williams honours naked press conference pledge after winning World Snooker Championship

09 May, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Mark Williams conducts his post match interview without any clothes after winning the 2018 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible Sheffield

The three-time world champion looked forward to returning to the Crucible next year and promised to outdo himself if he defended his title.

He said: "As long as Barry Hearn isn't going to fine me or discipline me I'll have to do it", before Williams walked into his press conference undressed apart from a towel.

Almost true to his world - he later disclosed that Barry Hearn ordered him to wear the towel - Williams strolled to the media room with some interesting tattoos on show.

Ray Reardon was 45 when he won in 1978, and his fellow Welshman Williams is the oldest man to get to grips with the trophy since.

Williams, previously triumphant in 2000 and 2003, lost in the final round of qualifying a year ago.

"To best honest, if I won this next year, I'd do it again".

"Last year I was seriously thinking of giving up, she [wife Joanne] said I can't sleep in the house 24 hours a day".

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"I was just practising for them the last time I won this tournament", Williams said of his sons.

"Luckily I did that and then tonight I came in and put a bit of pressure on Mark".

The Welshman beat John Higgins 18-16 in an unbelievable final at The Crucible.

But defeat was a huge blow for Higgins, 42, who lost in the final for the second year in a row after blowing a 10-4 lead against Mark Selby 12 months ago. However Williams rallied superbly to get over the winning line with a brilliant break to close things out after missing a pink for the title in the 33rd frame.

Showing nerves of steel Higgins nicked the frame with a break of 82. The last frame was just a joke there for him to play that well under that pressure. I was still upbeat about my game and then luckily it changed round and Mark missed a few times at 50 or 60 in front and I managed to clear up and that got me back in the game. "I've just done something I thought I'd never ever do".

"I was 14-7 behind and I was anxious if I would (not) take it to the fourth session", Higgins said. After a stupid pre Snooker World Championships promise he did his post tournament press conference as world champion and in the nude!

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