Monday, 20 February 2012

Fan profile: Robert Nastase

A brief break in the snooker diary gives OnCue the chance to profile another of its overseas readers.

Find out more about Romanian fan Robert Nastase who, like many others, discovered his love for the game because of Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Name: Robert Nastase

Age: 19

From: Hunedoara, Romania

Occupation: CCTV operator and security officer

Followed snooker since: The end of 2002

First memories: The first match I remember completely was the quarter-final of the 2003 World Championship between Paul Hunter and Peter Ebdon. Hunter won the decider but Ebdon came back after trailing 12-10.

First favourite player: Ronnie O'Sullivan. He is the reason why I started watching snooker in the first place. No player can entertain you as Ronnie did back then.

First live match: It was at this year's Master at Alexandra Palace. I watched Judd Trump play Stuart Bingham. The venue had unreserved seats so I was able to get a great view. I soon learned snooker is at least two times more entertaining when you're watching it inside the arena. It was also great to get the chance to watch one of the game's current greatest players, Judd.

Best memory: Ronnie's maximum break against Mark Williams at the Crucible. I was literally jumping in the house in disbelief. This might be one of the great 147s of all time.

Greatest player: This is a tricky question but I'm going to say Ronnie although Stephen Hendry is the greatest professional. If you could have the mixture of Ronnie's natural talent and Hendry's professionalism, you'd have an unbeatable player.

Favourite player: O'Sullivan again, but I also like Mark Allen. He is developing well. I think great things will come from him in the future.

Snooker in 10 years' time will...grow into a truly worldwide sport with many tournaments being played beyond the UK and Asia. I think a lot of good players are going to come from Europe. I also think many more frames will be won with one visit.

If I could make one change to the would be to at least double the number of points given for a foul. Four points means very little in today's game and a player is normally happy to afford four or five fouls to find the right line.

I love snooker because...of the mixture of elements it takes to be successful, just like in real life. You need patience, intelligence, sharpness, focus, composure and ability to handle pressure. Any mistake can be punished but a moment of luck can also be the difference between winning and losing. It's a great game and a true gentleman's sport.

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