Find out more about Dirk Thomas, who shares his hope that one day there will be European players among the top ten in the world.
From: Sinn, Germany
Occupation: A youth worker in the Evangelical Church. We host snooker and pool events once a week.
Highest break: 37
Followed snooker since: 1989. When I first got cable TV.
First memories: Wondering about the silly looking glasses Dennis Taylor wore.
First favourite player: Stephen Hendry. He was such an exciting player to watch at his peak. A few years after I started following the game he became the golden boy of snooker.
First live match: At the German Masters in Berlin in 2011. It was great to watch five matches at the same time. I can't wait to do it all again in February.
Best memory: Mark Selby's sly look in his eyes in the German Masters final as he took the miss-option and so Jan Verhaas had to re-spot all the balls after Mark Williams had spread them everywhere with a hit-and-hope shot. While Jan was struggling to get all the balls back it position, it was great fun and comedy for the fans.
Greatest player: Ronnie O'Sullivan is the greatest player of all time. Stephen Hendry is the greatest winner of all time - but I think no-one gave more to snooker than good old Steve Davis!
Favourite player: Ronnie. I hope he plays on for a few years yet. I also like watching Judd Trump and Mark Williams.
Snooker in 10 years' time will... have players from the continent within the top ten of the world rankings. There's a real euphoria for snooker in Germany and I hope it will result in bringing new talent to the worldwide baize.
If I could make one change to the game... I would make the pockets bigger when I play. Only joking. I like it just how it is.
I love snooker because... it's fantastic to watch the professionals competing with such skill, concentration, tactics and mental strength.