|2017 UK Championship|
|Date: 28 Nov-10 Dec Venue: York Barbican|
|Coverage: Watch are living all over BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport site and cell app from 2 December.|
Jackson Page faces a very powerful have compatibility of his lifestyles on Thursday evening time when he plays “idol” Ronnie O’Sullivan inside the first round of the UK Championship.
The 16-year-old Welsh amateur is a past due call-up for Rhys Clark and makes his York debut in opposition to five-time winner and five-time world champion O’Sullivan.
“Growing up that’s who you wanted to aim to be like, to be as good as him and to play him,” Page knowledgeable BBC Sport.
“When I was growing up that was one of my dreams to play him… I can’t wait.”
Page made a huge have an effect on at the 2017 Welsh Open in Cardiff ultimate February, when the then 15-year-old used to be handed a wildcard get admission to and defeated two execs to succeed in the overall 32.
The Ebbw Vale schoolboy were given right here form in the back of to beat Jason Weston Four-Three inside the opening round and then spotted off John Astley by way of the an identical score, prior to falling to Judd Trump – who would lose an exciting final Nine-Eight to Stuart Bingham.
Page didn’t expect to be collaborating in at the UK Championship, alternatively his surprise invite to York were given right here as a result of the withdrawal of Scotland’s Clark for medical reasons.
“When I got the ‘phone call I thought it was going to be about the Scottish Open… I thought it was long gone being able to get into the UK Championship,” Page discussed.
“Then when they rang saying who I had I was ecstatic. Ronnie was – well still is – my idol.”
O’Sullivan is bidding to identical Stephen Hendry’s file of 18 ‘triple crown’ titles at this 12 months’s UK Championship, where he won the fit three years previously.