Jason Weston will keep faith despite Welsh Open pain

Jason Weston. Picture: Sarah Standing
Jason Weston. Picture: Sarah Standing
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JASON Weston admits he is still struggling to come to terms with life back on the main snooker tour after crashing out of the Welsh Open in Cardiff.

The Portsmouth potter lost his first-round match to world Number 48 Tom Ford 4-1 at the Motorpoint Arena.

Weston dropped off the tour after being a mainstay in the 90s and early 2000s but regained his professional status this season after a 12-year absence.

The 45-year-old has found the step up to be tough, winning just three matches since July, but is enjoying his return despite the losses.

‘I really enjoy being back on the tour and catching up with guys from when I was on it before that I haven’t seen for a while,’ said Weston.

‘I struggled even though conditions were fantastic, really fast.

‘I’ve been struggling with them since I’ve come back on the tour really.

‘It’s just a process – a painful one but I have to go through it.

‘I’m putting it all in and trying my hardest but at the minute I’m not quite ready yet.

‘The game fundamentally is easier, once you get used to the conditions, than it was back in the 90s.

‘You wouldn’t think that by the way I’ve been playing but I just need to get used to these conditions and get my feet settled which hasn’t quite happened yet.’

Weston’s participation in the event is now over, meaning he can turn his attention to the Gdynia Open next week – where he faces Craig Steadman in round one.

And the world Number 109 is hoping an upturn in fortunes is just around the corner.

‘I feel like I’m stroking the ball nicely in practice but I’m only doing two or three hours now because I’m 45 years old, so I’m not going to be doing six or seven hours a day,’ added Weston.

‘It’s nice to have that two-year card but it’s frustrating to go out there and it doesn’t quite happen. I will keep the faith.’

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– BEN BAKER