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60 seconds with Ali Carter

Eurosport - Wed, 25 Feb 2009

Wales Open champion Ali Carter talks to Eurosport-Yahoo! about cars, maximum breaks and drinking too much.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being fit and healthy, and in love.

What is your greatest fear?
Not being successful.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Drinking too much on a night out.

What gets you down?
The weather.

What is your greatest regret?
Haven't got any.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
I don't think I've had one because I can't remember it easily.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Nothing. I've got everything I want.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My cars - I drive a Porsche 911, closely followed by flying.

What is on your Ipod?
I've got loads of different stuff. Old stuff, new stuff and club tunes. No real bands I can pick out though. I'm not really big into music to be honest.

Who is your sporting hero?
It would have to be somebody like Roger Federer.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Making a 147 at the Crucible. (This interview was held during the Welsh Open 2009, which Carter would go on to win)

Any remaining ambitions you hope to fulfil?
To become World Champion and win my fair share of ranking events.

Does snooker need sexing up?
No, I don't think so. I think the popularity is still there. It's just certain things may be need to be run differently.

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60 seconds with Dominic Dale

Eurosport - Wed, 08 Apr 2009

Two-time ranking event winner Dominic Dale talks to Eurosport-Yahoo! about living in Vienna, red wine and opera.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Loads of money in the bank, a really nice place to live - which I have now in Vienna - and lots of nice restaurants nearby.

What is your greatest fear?
Spiders.

What trait do you most deplore about yourself?
A little bit of shyness.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Red wine.

What gets you down?
Losing snooker matches.

What is your greatest regret?
Relating to my career, messing about with cue action over the years.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
That's a tough one. You know what, nothing really embarrasses me. Even though at times I can be quite shy, I am quite an extrovert character so I tend to be quite good at getting around any embarrassing situations.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Winning the lottery.

What is on your ipod?
I don't have one but if I did it would be opera.

Who are your sporting heroes?
Boris Becker and Shane Warne.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My two ranking event wins. The first one is always special - the Grand Prix. But the way I played in the final in Shanghai two years ago - that for me eclipses that.

Any remaining ambitions you hope to fulfil?
I want to be in the top 32 still when I'm 50 and I want to be involved with the sport until retirement age with commentating and possibly a role behind the scenes with World Snooker.

Does snooker need 'sexing up'?
Yes, only because other sports are always redeveloping themselves and we need to attract sponsorship into snooker and not see it all going to golf, tennis, football and other big sports. All sports at some point need re-branding and we're in difficult times now with the global recession.

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60 seconds with Terry Griffiths

Eurosport - Tue, 27 Jan 2009

Eurosport spent 60 seconds with former world snooker champion Terry Griffiths and learned that he has pimped up his ride so he can listen to some banging Elvis records.

If you could be one other famous person for a day who would it be?
No, I'm quite happy being myself thank you.

Who would you most like to mouth off?
Well, people do upset me occasionally - but that is my fault for getting upset so there is nobody I would really like to mouth off to.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Ohh, I have had loads of those. There was one I can remember just recently. I coach a number of players and there was one player I was working with and I asked him about a shot that he had played in the previous match; he turned around and said 'no that wasn't my match, that was the other player's match' - that was embarrassing because players don't like it when you mix up their matches. I'm not naming names though!

What food would you never eat?
Any fish that moves on the plate! There is some fish that I do eat but in general I'm not a fish fan.

What is on your iPod?
I don't have one. I did have one but I gave it to my son because I only play music in my car where I've got a huge sound system. I do know how to work the iPod though!

What are the three things you most cherish?
My wife, my children and my grandchildren.

What would you like to achieve in the rest of your life?
Just peace, happiness and fulfilment for me and my family - really that is more than I can hope for.

Who are your sporting heroes?
In snooker it was Ray Reardon. In tennis it was Jimmy Connors. And in football it was George Best.

What was the worst country you have ever visited?
India - I just didn't like it there.

What was the first record you ever bought?
It was an Elvis Presley record. I'm trying to think of the name of the song, but I can't remember it. It was definitely an Elvis Presley record though. When I had a gramophone as a young boy that was the one record I had to play on it. Those were the days: just one record!

How can we make snooker sexier?
You are talking to a traditionalist now - I think that it is a great game and the play of the modern player is just fantastic, the quality of play is wonderful, the clash of personalities, all the things that make up a one-on-one sport.
Sexier? I don't know, perhaps you want some of the nice-looking young kids out there playing in white suits or whatever, but I wouldn't want to see much change in the game, the rules, the conduct or the presentation.

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60 seconds with John Higgins

Eurosport - Sat, 18 Oct 2008

Eurosport talked to two time world snooker champion John Higgins and learned that the Wizard of Wishaw would like to have some strong words with fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie.

Which famous person would you like to meet?
Al Pacino - I'm a massive fan of his films.

Whom would you most like to mouth off at?
Colin Montgomerie - whenever he is having a bad round he gets on my nerves. When he is doing well he seems ok but when he is struggling I really think he can take things to extremes.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
It had to be when Ken Doherty and I were thrown off a plane from being drunk on our way back from the Malta Cup final in 2006. That wasn't too clever of me.

What would you never eat?
Monkey's brains - I was at a function in China recently and they offered me hot monkey's brains but there was no way I was going to eat them.

How long do you need in the morning to get ready?
20 minutes

What is on your iPod?
James Morrison is getting the most play at the moment

Which single item would you take to a remote island?
An endless supply of crisps. (ES - Which flavour?) Roast Beef Monster Munch!

What three things do you most cherish?
1. My family. 2. My health. 3 And my football team - Celtic - I think we are doing alright this season, we are playing good football which is important. We are never going to do great in the Champions League but the UEFA Cup will do. As long as we finish above that other lot in the city I'll be happy.

What word do you overuse the most?
Emmm...the word "emmm" actually.

What would you like to achieve in your life?
Just to achieve some level of normality, that's all I want.

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60 seconds with Mark King

Eurosport - Tue, 28 Apr 2009

Being called Mark King you would think Mark King would like Level 42 - find out who is on the world number 15's ipod in this week's 60 seconds.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being with my family.

What is your greatest fear?
I haven't got one.

What trait do you most deplore about yourself?
Lacking in mental strength sometimes.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Ooh, I can't tell you that (laughing).

What gets you down?
When my family aren't well.

What is your greatest regret?
Gambling.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Falling over my chair at the Crucible a few years ago when I was playing Fergal O'Brien.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Loads of cash.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Holidays. Favourite destination is Mexico.

What is on your ipod?
Everything. Rock, pop, a bit of classical/film music. R'n'B, 50 cent, Eminem, Guns 'n Roses.

Who are your sporting heroes?
Alex Higgins and Nigel Benn.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Having my two kids. I have a boy and a girl.

Any remaining ambitions you hope to fulfil?
Winning a ranking event.

Does snooker need 'sexing up'?
Yes, absolutely! By 10 thousand per cent. Get rid of the waistcoat, get rid of the bow tie and allow casual shirts. They should allow people to show their character in the game and not make us all look the same.

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60 seconds with John Parrott

Eurosport - Tue, 12 May 2009

1991 world champion John Parrott tells Eurosport-Yahoo! about his love of the Vicar of Dibley.

When were you happiest?
When my children were born.

What is your greatest fear?
Death.

What trait do you most deplore about yourself?
Laziness.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Food. I'll eat anything.

What gets you down?
The children not being healthy.

What is your greatest regret?
Don't actually have any.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Losing 18-3 in a world final when I had absolutely nothing left and I played against someone who was at the top of his form (Steve Davis).

What is your greatest extravagance?
My golf equipment - it's embarrassing.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Just to keep healthy.

What is on your ipod?
I have an ipod video and have the whole series of Vicar of Dibley on it. Music wise, anything my son puts on that he thinks I'll like. There's all sorts on there from Kanye West to Michael Buble.

Who are your sporting heroes?
From racing - Martin Pipe and Tony McCoy, and from golf - Tiger Woods.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Coming back and winning the World Championships two years after being beaten 18-3 in the final.

Any remaining ambitions you hope to fulfil?
To get my golfing handicap down. I'm currently three but would like to get to scratch.

Does snooker need 'sexing up'?
No! I think snooker is absolutely fine as it is and I think the World Championships showed that.

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60 seconds with Joe Perry

Eurosport - Tue, 21 Apr 2009

Last year's World Championship semi-finalist Joe Perry speaks with Eurosport-Yahoo! about tearing his trousers and the importance of family - and chocolate.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Me, the wife and the baby on a beach with no mobile phones going off.

What is your greatest fear?
Being on my own.

What trait do you most deplore about yourself?
My dedication to snooker.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Chocolate.

What gets you down?
Losing.

What is your greatest regret?
Not working as hard 15 years ago as I do now.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
I split my trousers once at an exhibition match. It was on the first break-off too so I had to play all night with my boxer shorts showing.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Another child; I have one little girl at the moment.

What is on your iPod?
Kings of Leon is top of the list at the moment.

Who are your sporting heroes?
Jimmy White and Lennox Lewis.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Making a career out of snooker.

Any remaining ambitions you hope to fulfil?
Ultimately to be world champion - and definitely to win a major ranking event.

Does snooker need 'sexing up'?
No! It just needs a bit more variety with more tournaments.

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60 seconds with Neil Robertson

Eurosport - Thu, 20 Nov 08:05:00 2008

Neil 'Melbourne Machine' Robertson, winner of the Bahrain Championship last weekend, reveals that he was a budding chef at only three years of age.

What can't you leave home without?
My beanie hat - especially in the UK winter.

How do your friends view you?
They can always count on me being two hours late.

What is your culinary speciality?
Spaghetti bolognaise or honey soy chicken.

What is your earliest memory?
My younger brother Marc and I broke some eggs and flour on to the carpet to make a cake before our mother woke up - I was about three years old!

What were you like at school?
My teachers told me I was really artistic.

What are your other favourite sports?
Aussie Rules football, cricket, soccer (football) and basketball.

If you couldn't play snooker what would you do for a living?
I'd be a graphic artist for an online game developer.

What is your favourite possession?
The gold watch I won for the Royal London Watches Grand Prix in 2006.

What is your biggest wish?
That I could do what I do for a living, but in Australia.

What makes you laugh?
Seinfeld, because it's about funny things happening to other people.

What music is on your ipod?
Timbaland, Metallica and Guns & Roses.

Who would be your ideal dinner guests?
Nathan Buckley, Walter Lindrum, Michael Jordan, Daniel Negreanu and Gordon Ramsay - and not just for his cooking.

What is your favourite film?
The Shawshank Redemption.

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60 seconds with Mark Selby

Eurosport - Fri, 20 Jun 2008

Who is your sporting hero?
My hero is Stephen Hendry, as far as snooker is concerned anyway. For the simple fact of all the tournaments he's won and the way he went about preparing himself for them.

What's the worst country you've ever visited?
Worst country? I'm not too sure I can't really answer that one! [Go on] Sorry, I don't know.

What is your favourite film?
Forrest Gump.

How big is your television?
It's a 42 inch.

If you could choose a superpower for a day, what would it be?
[His manager laughs in the background] Er... to be invisible.

David Cameron or Gordon Brown?
[Thinks for a moment] Gordon Brown.

Uncle Ben or Mr Kipling?
Uncle Ben, definitely.

What is the first record you bought?
That would be Madness, their Greatest Hits.

What car do you drive?
I don't drive.

Who is the best player you have ever played against?
Stephen Hendry again.

What is your least favourite tournament?
The Northern Ireland Trophy - because I never do well at that one!

Do you reckon Leicester City are going down from the Championship this season?
I don't think so, no! And I hope not.

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60 seconds with Matthew Stevens

Eurosport - Wed, 18 Feb 2009

Eurosport spent 60 seconds with former UK and Masters champion Matthew Stevens and learned that he does not believe the sport needs to be sexed up.

If you could be one other famous person for a day who would it be?
Michael Schumacher

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Umm, I can't think of any. I've missed a few blacks on their spots.

What food would you never eat?
Liver

What is on your iPod?
Keane

What are the three things you most cherish?
My children, wife to be, and family.

What would you like to achieve in the rest of your life?
Just happiness and to watch my children grow up with my family around.

Who is your sporting hero?
Tiger Woods

What was the first record you ever bought?
Dire Straits - Walk of Life.

Does snooker need to be made sexier, and if so how?
I don't think it does, no.

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