Pinner’s snooker ace, Martin Gould, has had a tough start to a busy winter schedule after crashing out of two competitions.
He admitted his love for the sport is dwindling after an opening round defeat, in the last 128, of the English Open as he lost to Thailand’s Sunny Akani.
He came from three frames down to level the match before a disappointing deciding frame saw Akani progress.
That defeat to the world number 50 was followed by a 4-0 whitewash defeat to Australian, Neil Robertson, in the Champion of Champions event on November 4.
A poor opening two frames saw Gould on the back foot before a scrappy frame three in which Gould had plenty of chances but when he missed a tricky red, Robertson stepped in with a cool clearance that featured a number of fine pots.
Gould was again in ascendancy in frame four but more unforced errors opened the door for Robertson.
Speaking after his defeat in the English Open, Gould said: “There isn’t really anything good to take out of that game.
“I know how good I am and today that just didn’t come out. I’m pretty sure half the tour knows what I can do but at the moment I feel like a player ranked as low as 80.
“The decider was just tip-tap snooker and I decided I just wanted to get on with it. He was a bit fortunate with some of his play, but I made mistakes.
“I’m just going to put the cue away, go home and reassess how I feel.”