China Open 2019: Anthony McGill wakes up 2 minutes before the qualifying match & wins it: Anthony McGill was born on 5 February 1991. He is a Scottish professional snooker player that turned into professional in 2010. In the qualifying round at the China Open, Anthony McGill woke up just 2 minutes before the match. He himself revealed that how he managed to reach at the match within time. The match was already scheduled at half past two in the noon but still Anthony McGill was sleeping in his room.
But luckily, McGill won the match by a 6-4 win against Nigel Bond despite being late and waking 2 minutes before the match. McGill woke up at 2:28 PM. Anthony McGill described his situation as “straight-out-of-movies”. He could have missed the match if the tournament director had not ringed his phone at the very end moment before beginning of the match. He received a call from the director at 2:28 PM to know about his whereabouts.
As described above, he arrived late at the match but still managed to win the match with 6-4. He described everything going on as a “movie scene” because he straight away ran for the match without taking a shower or even brushing his teeth. Still he kept all these things aside and focused on the match.
“I got dressed in 60 seconds and ran down to the hotel foyer. I didn’t even have a shower or brush my teeth. My shoelaces were still untied, it was like a movie scene,” McGill said.
As he reached the venue late, so he lost a point for this. Nigel Bond got advantage of 1 point and when Anthony McGill arrived, he found his score lagging behind by 1-0. That could be a shock for a person straight out of sleep. He even made a comeback by compiling a break of 77 that made the score 1-1 but then again fell behind by 3-1.
He again made a comeback with impressive breaks of 133, 100, 86 and 61. After these breaks, everyone accounted a victory of Anthony McGill by 6-4. The odds of winning were uneven at that situation and he even told that how he lived this nightmare.
“I woke up during the night, practised for two hours then went back to bed at 7am,” McGill explained.
” The next thing I knew, my phone was vibrating. It was 2.28pm. It was (tournament director) Martin Clark ringing me. I got dressed in 60 seconds and ran down to the hotel foyer. I didn’t even have a shower or brush my teeth. My shoelaces were still untied, it was like a movie scene.”
After this incident, it can be expected that McGill will have a good sleep and will wake up well before his match with Stephen Maguire or Xu Si in the next round.