World champion Judd Trump named Player of the Year at World Snooker Awards

Judd Trump is snooker's world champion
Judd Trump is snooker's world champion

Judd Trump has been named Player of the Year at the 2019 World Snooker Awards.

Trump also scooped the prize in the Snooker Writers' Player of the Year category.

Victory at the World Championship last Sunday, his first Crucible crown, capped a career-best season for the 29-year-old.

In January, Trump won the Masters for the first time, with the Northern Ireland Open and World Grand Prix titles also part of an exceptional campaign in which he became the first player to earn over £1 million in a season.

Ronnie O’Sullivan won the Fans’ Player of the Year award, voted by many thousands of fans on Twitter, Facebook, WeChat, Weibo and in person at the Crucible.

O'Sullivan won the Shanghai Masters, Champion of Champions, UK Championship, Players Championship and Tour Championship during a prolific season, as well as climbing to the top of the rankings for the first time in nine years.

The Magic Moment of the Year award also went to O'Sullivan, for making the 1,000th century of his career during the last frame of the Players Championship final.

Performance of the Year went to James Cahill for his historic victory over O'Sullivan in the first round of the World Championship. Cahill was the first amateur ever to compete at the Crucible and knocked out the world number one.

The Rookie of the Year award went to Leicester's Joe O'Connor, who climbed to 75th in the world rankings during his debut season. The 23-year-old reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Open and notably scored two wins over John Higgins.

World Snooker Awards: The winners

  • Player of the Year – Judd Trump
  • Fans’ Player of the Year – Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • Snooker Writers’ Player of the Year – Judd Trump
  • Performance of the Year – James Cahill
  • Rookie of the Year – Joe O'Connor
  • Magic Moment of the Year – Ronnie O'Sullivan

Former winners of Player of the Year

  • 2011: John Higgins
  • 2012: Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2013: Mark Selby
  • 2014: Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2015: Stuart Bingham
  • 2016: John Higgins
  • 2017: Mark Selby
  • 2018: Ronnie O'Sullivan
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