Mark Williams, a three-time world champion, has signed up for the Ultimate Pool Circuit. The 47-year-old is expected to make his debut in the 8-ball event next month after being handed a wildcard opportunity to enter the competition.
The “Welsh Potting Machine”, as he is often referred to, mentioned that he intends to live up to his commitments to the world snooker circuit. Williams was a world champion back in 2000 and 2003 and after an agonizing 15-year wait for the world title, he regained it in 2018.
He is expected to feature in the Pairs Cup beginning from October 10 in the company of a former 8-ball pool champion Carl Morris. “I’m really looking forward to giving the Ultimate Pool circuit a gor. I have been playing a lot of 8-ball pool recently and it has been fun.
“Ultimate Pool looks exciting to get involved with and I’ve been impressed with the events and high standard on show. It’s going to be very difficult for me, but I will enjoy the challenge,” said Williams after being handed a wildcard to compete on the 88-player professional roster.
Williams is not the only player in recent weeks to have made this transition to Ultimate Pool Circuit. Mark Allen has already made a great impression in the competition, whilst some other notable names like Mark Shelby and Gareth Potts have been doing exceedingly well, reaching the final 16 of the Pairs Cup earlier this month.
Currently, Williams is keen on defending his British Open crown and the tournament will begin on September 26. He will be facing Andres Petrov to kick-start the championship.
Williams was the first left-handed snooker player to win the world championship and till date remains the only player to have won all three types of World Championship – World Snooker Championship, Six-Red World Championship and World Seniors Championship.
After encountering a mixed-bag season, the Welshman suggested that he is looking helping youngsters. He is currently mentoring youngsters like Jackson Paige and Liam Davies. Paige became the youngest to win a qualifying match of the World Championship and is heading in the right direction at a young age.