Shaun Murphy for the Observer Sport Monthly

In 2001, I went to an ordinary house in the outer London suburbs with a very large extension.

In this disproportionately large room was a snooker table and the well mannered, dignified teenager slotting balls elegantly into the pockets was Shaun Murphy.

Congratulations tonight Shaun on trouncing world number one Neil Robertson 10-2 in the final of the Masters to become only the 10th player to complete snooker’s ‘Triple Crown’.

Shaun was one of a series of ‘Contenders’ I shot for the magazine.

Young prospects tipped by experts as having potential to do very well in their respective sports.

I intend to revisit this project to reflect on how everyone did.  Here’s a picture from the shoot.

Shaun Murphy





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