Belgium’s Ben Mertens is the 2022 European U21 Snooker Champion, succeeding Welshman Dylan Emery winning The Peter Ebdon Trophy.
The U18 european champion in 2021 claimed victory by Frames to 1 facing Austria’s Florian Nüssle at the 2022 EBSA European Snooker Championships final U21 event match at Shengjin’s Delfin Resort this Sunday afternoon. Finland’s Tryggvi Erlingsson was the referee and his wife and fellow countrywoman Satu Isolehto the marker.
Aged 17, the Belgian gets the nomination from EBSA to World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) so that he might be invited to play on the tour for the next two seasons as professional.
A big audience attended the match at the venue, with Ben’s father, Koun, also very congratuled by everyone after the clear win from his sun and all Belgium celebrating together with their new European champion.
England’s Liam Pullen and Aidan Murphy got both the 3rd place with Pullen scoring the higest break of the U21 competition with a formidable 141.
«I’m over the Moon! It’s a dream come true. I feel really happy and want to thank the support of all my family and friends here and at home. I hope I can provide some more joy to snooker fans, it has always been my passion», told us the Belgium, aged 17.