Holt Eyes First Major Title On Home Soil

By Jack Wynne - Reporter

When asked about the prospect of winning his first major ranking event in England Michael Holt admitted it would make victory in the final just that little bit sweeter.

The 38-year-old is one of 32 players taking part in the World Grand Prix at the Guild Hall next week.

“It would be nice if I could win something at home because obviously your friends and family are there,” he said.

“That would be more special for myself.”

Holt might still be waiting for his first major title but he is unaffected by the lack of success at big tournaments.

Last year’s Riga Masters in Latvia was the first time the Nottingham-born player reached the final of a major event but he was beaten on that occasion by Neil Robertson.

“I’m not the favourite because I’ve never won a major event but I can’t really concern myself with what’s gone,” he said.

“I’m in the tournament and there’s not a player I can’t beat so we’ll see what happens.”

Holt highlighted the importance of looking forward rather than dwelling on what has gone before.

“I think a famous coach tennis coach said the best players are better at forgetting,” he said.

“It’s easy to think about things that’ve gone wrong in the past but you have to remind yourself of the good wins you’ve had.”

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