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Snooker legend Mark Williams apologises for falling asleep during UK Championship clash


Three-time Crucible king Mark Williams took an impromptu snooze as he was beaten 6-5 by Anthony Hamilton in the second round of the UK Championship in York

Williams apologised for his impromptu snooze in York
Williams apologised for his impromptu snooze in York

Snooker legend Mark Williams has issued a grovelling apology after embarrassingly falling asleep during a match at the UK Championship.

The three-time world champion nodded off in his chair as he was beaten 6-5 by Anthony Hamilton in the second round of the Triple Crown event in York.

Williams, 46, was 3-2 up when he took the impromptu snooze and blamed his tiredness on the after-effects of Covid-19.

The two-time UK champion missed the European Masters and English Open after contracting the virus in October before returning to action at the Champion of Champions event.

Williams tweeted: “I would like to apologise to anyone watching tonight, in 30 years as a pro I have never ever fallen asleep in my chair before.







Williams was beaten 6-5 by Anthony Hamilton
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“It was nothing to do with Anthony, I just don’t feel well from Covid. Bit embarrassing and not professional. Hopefully no-one noticed too much, fingers crossed cameras didn’t realise.”

He added: “It was 3-2 and I was out. My head went down and I woke up and I didn’t have a clue where I was for about five seconds.

“It was a bit embarrassing but I was just shattered. I need to be playing in the mornings really, or afternoons. The more the day goes on the more tired I get.

“It’s disappointing but there’s a lot worse people that have had Covid than I’ve had it, so I’m one of the lucky ones really.

“It’s definitely better than what it was a couple of weeks ago so I’ve just got to keep going, but if I play night matches I’m going to really struggle.”

Williams is next due to play at the Scottish Open in Llandudno on December 6, and the jovial Welshman joked: “It’s only best of seven, so I should be able to stay awake for that one.”





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