Jan Matejicek snooker star at 11
More and more snooker has become transversal to all cultures and ages around the world. If this 2015 European Snooker Championships have brought to the general knowledge that a kid from Kiev with only nine years, Iulian Boiko, makes already like harder for the grown up, or that Robert Watkins is still in shape at the age of 70, the global seduction of snooker still amazes.
This Friday night, a large local crowd watched a small kid from Trebice playing like an adult. His mother, Zuzana, was shaking on the chair, while Jan Matejucek, 11 years old (born the 13th of September 2003), battled with Marko Grbovic, from Serbia.
«He plays for two years and he’s crazy about the game», told us a proud Zusana. Jan must be, to play against opponents three times his size. But that’s the beauty of snooker, and kids like Jan and ‘Kiev Comet’ Iulian Boiko prove that it starts, more and more, in earlier ages, like the world got used to watch only in China.
There’s no limits for the dream of becoming the next Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Stuart Bingham, Neil Robertson, Judd Trump or Ding Junhui: just the imagination… and some parents who are there always to advise you and support you in your quest.