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Last Updated: Monday, 21 April, 2003, 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK
Hann makes fresh start
By Phil Harlow
BBC Sport at the Crucible

Quinten Hann
Hann is keen to improve

Australia's Quinten Hann has vowed to turn over a new leaf as he seeks to make the most of his snooker talent.

The world number 14's controversial career has seen him accused of squandering his natural ability because of a cavalier attitude to match play and practice.

And the 25-year-old told BBC Sport that the time has come for a change in his approach to the sport, starting with a more professional approach to practising.

"Some commentators have said some horrible things about my past performances," he told this website.

"I used to practice all the hours I could when I was a kid. But for whatever reason, I haven't been done it the past few years.

"It's about time I changed that to see how far I can get in the game. I just want to see how far I can improve if I put the work in."

Hann's new mindset is evident in his plans to move to London in order to be closer to the centre of the snooker scene.

He has spent the past few seasons racking up the air-miles, commuting from his base in Melbourne to events in Europe and limiting his appearances to just nine tournaments each year.

"Once I've sorted out my affairs in Australia I'll be coming straight over to London," he said.

"I should be able to make it to a few more tournaments. I might play some eight-ball as well."

And further proof of Hann's conversion to the straight and narrow can be found in his surprising choice of the fellow pro he most admires.

"If there's one guy I really admire on the circuit, it's Peter Ebdon," said Hann.

"I don't really talk to the other players - just a quick 'hello' in the corridor before a game - but I've read a lot about Peter's lifestyle and I really respect his dedication. He's a smart guy."

Ebdon attributes much of his success to a dedicated approach that includes swimming a mile every day and studying the mental side of the game.

"I'm not quite ready to follow that example yet. Let's not run before we can walk!," Hann said.

And Hann is not about to shed the colourful personality that has made him one of the most intriguing characters in the sport.

'No more crazy things'

The Australian says he merely wants to eliminate the rushes of blood that have damaged his chances in the past, not become a snooker automaton.

At last year's Embassy World Championship, Hann was criticised for smashing the reds from the break against Stephen Lee (a match he lost 13-3) and in the past he has conceded frames with 13 reds still on the table.

"The fact is I am a little bit different and I don't think that's ever going to change," he said.

"But if I'm enjoying the game and putting in hard work on the practice table then I'm not going to do crazy things which will stop me from winning.

"Regular practice will hopefully make me believe in myself and give me more of a chance of winning."




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