Judd Trump fuming as rival Mark Selby snatches No 1 ranking after British Open defeat.
Both Selby and Trump were knocked out of the British Open at the last 32 stage, but the Jester from Leicester's World Championship win earlier this year means he will overtake his rival at the top of the snooker rankings.A frustrated Judd Trump insisted there was "nothing I can do" as he relinquished his title as the best snooker player in the world for the first time in two years. His 3-2 defeat to Elliot Slessor in the last 32 of the British Open means Mark Selby will replace him as the world number one after the tournament.
That is despite the Jester from Leicester losing his own match 3-0 to Ali Carter at the Morningside Arena in his hometown.
It is Selby's World Championship win earlier this year which has propelled him back to the pinnacle of the rankings for the first time since he was usurped in March 2019 after four years at the top.
The prize money and points he gained by winning his fourth world title at the Crucible in April are worth so much that Trump's 14 ranking title victories in the last two-and-a-half years have not been enough for the 32-year-old to keep his crown.
The Bristolian had complained about the conditions at the British Open after his first round victory over Mitchell Mann, and clearly struggled again with a highest break of just 33.
His fate was confirmed as world number 49 Slessor sank a tricky red into the middle pocket in the deciding frame to progress.
"There's is nothing I can do," Trump said after the match. "I've won enough tournaments to be world number one."
Even before crashing out of the tournament, the reigning World Grand Prix champion had complained about the "fault with the ranking system" which had put his status as the best in the world in jeopardy.