A Look Back, and Ahead

A look back, and ahead…

I have never been afraid of a challenge. That’s why I am the only Indian to have survived the brutal world of Professional Snooker for nine years now. Of course just mere survival is not the goal. Whilst we all dream of being at the top, we must also navigate our way in a series of small but meaningful steps. This season I took one of those small steps. It may not look like much, but after eight months out of professional competition and the fear that I might not play again due to a neck injury, I think I’ve made some very meaningful strides this season. It was never just about winning matches. I needed to see if I still had the desire to battle through a year that was always going to be hard, both physically and mentally. And I can say now, without a shadow of a doubt, that I do.

The injury forced me to change a part of my technique that I have used since the first time I picked up a cue. And that changed pretty much everything. With every adjustment came new challenges. I went through the majority of the season navigating these minor issues, which during competitions can become unmanageable. But I persevered. All thanks to the support and guidance of my training partners Anthony and Alfie. When I didn’t believe in myself, they believed in me. When you are five thousand miles away from your family, it is a blessing to have friends like them.

It was an odd season to say the least. Beating some big players like Barry Hawkins and Ryan Day but then not quite able to consistently get results. The positive was that I almost always put in a good performance, even with a whole range of technical adjustments. Yes, most times this season, I ended up on the losing side of some very close matches, but the growth through the year was evident. No doubt there are plenty of things to work on if I want to reach my goals in the 2017-18 season. But the most important thing is that I am still here, still standing and ready to do whatever it takes to get the best out of myself. I am already working towards being physically and mentally fit for next season. At a time like this only one quote can come to mind and that is from one of my favorite films ‘Rocky’; “ It ain’t how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done”

Before I finish I would like to thank Mr Ravindra Gupta of . Without his help, I would not have been able to continue on the pro tour. I look forward to his continued support, not just for me, but for all of Indian Snooker. And I call out to all Snooker fans around India, I need your support and blessings. I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Until next time…..

-Aditya Mehta

Written By : Aditya Mehta