KYREN WILSON has explained why he has been wearing a glove on the snooker table – to avoid getting a sticky hand.
The Warrior was spotted wearing the item on his bridge hand while playing this week in the British Open, the third-ranking event of the new season.
The world No.8 had it on as he crushed Mark Allen 4-0 in the opening round, scoring his 400th career century in the second frame.
The 31-year-old labelled the win over the Pistol on Wednesday as “Glovely Jubbly”.
But he was knocked out of the tournament, being staged at Cheltenham Racecourse, in theround on Thursday following a 4-1 defeat to fellow Englishman Barry Hawkins.
Cloth on the black glove covers the thumb and two fingers on Wilson’s left hand, which he uses to support his cue on the baize.
The inspiration comes from nine-ball pro players, who play at such speed and intensity that they do not want sweat impacting on their shots, particularly if conditions are hot and humid.
Asked why he had it on, Wilson told SunSport: “It’s just for the simple fact of trying to reduce the variables.
“I’ve found the conditions very sticky lately which has been hard to push the cue through my bridge hand, so I thought I’d try the glove to help improve that.”
Some wags on social media compared Wilson to the late Michael Jackson, who famously wore a diamond-encrusted glove while performing his 1983 classic ‘Billie Jean’.icon
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The Kettering cueist was told that some snooker fans are desperate to know if he would be wearing the glove during the English Open, which starts on Monday in Brentwood.
But he refused to give anything away, joking: “You’ll have to leave them guessing…”
Wilson is a five-time ranking winner and was beaten 18-8 by Ronnie O’Sullivan in the 2020 World Championship final at the Crucible.
One of the highlights of his career came in Sheffield in April when he hit a 147 break in the first round against Ryan Day.
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