QUESTIONS OF THE MONTH - JULY AND AUGUST 2012
26th August 2012
Vladimíra: Hi Mark, you reached the quarter-finals of the Wuxi Classic, it is a very good success. I suppose, that it was very hot in China. China is also known for its humidity. How do you tolerate hot weather inside and outside the hall?
Mark: Outside it's not been so hot this year so it was OK, inside, the humidity always makes playing conditions very difficult!!
Vladimíra: When I hear "Thailand“ I imagine traditional Thai massages which relieve back and muscle pains. Thai massages help for relaxation and they can treat pains without medicine. They are famous all around the world. Would you use this opportunity? Do you have any experience?
Mark: No I haven't tried them. I've been having treatment back in the UK and it seems to be working.
Vladimíra: The second ranking tournament in Australia is waiting for you after China and Thailand. What impressions do you have from Australia? What is typical for this country?
Mark: Unfortunately I don't get to see as much as I would like when I'm travelling because we are always playing and competing, however I had one night in Melbourne last year and it seemed to be a great city.
Vladimíra: Can you describe how you spend your day at the tournament abroad when you do not play?
Mark: mostly practising!! Even on my days off!! But I have now been spending a lot of time
in the gym trying to strengthen my back muscles and generally trying to stay fit and healthy.
Vladimíra: At the end of July and at the beggining of August small tournaments PTC will start. PTC 1 and PTC 2 will take place in Gloucester. Next EPTC will be in Fürth in Germany. Paul Hunter Classic is a very popular tournament. Last season you won the title there. I am looking forward to meet you there. How do you like playing in Fürth?
Mark: Always enjoyed going to Furth and this time a extra incentive to defend the title. always well attended by the German fans so it make it more enjoyable to play in front of big crowds.
Vladimíra: The Premier League starts in August too. It's a great tournament with a great audience attendance and good prize money. I think it's a tournament where you like playing. What do you think of a new format, where players are divided into two groups and two of which advance to the play-off?
Mark: Yes I like it, a great tournament and a chance to play the very best players in the world. I'm looking forward to it.
Thank you, Mark. All the best until next time.