Mark Williams Does His Post World Championship Press Conference Naked


Mark Williams promised he'd strip naked if he won the Snooker World Championship - and, true to his word, the 2018 champion turned up to the winner's press conference with only a towel to cover his modesty. The Welshman became the oldest victor since compatriot Ray Reardon in 1978 with an 18-16 victory over Scot John Higgins.

Higgins, 42 and seeking a fifth title, fought back from a seven-frame deficit to draw level at 15-15, but Williams held on to take the sport's showcase.

The 2000 and 2003 champion had not won a ranking event since 2011 before this season and did not even qualify for the Crucible a year ago.

"It's an unbelievable story", he said.

World champion Mark Williams says he "thought I was finished five years ago" and did not expect to win the title for a third time.

"Where has it come from?"

"I'm going to party the night away", said Williams.

It's the third time the Welshman has won the championship.

Williams went into the final on the back of a tardy finish to his tense semi-final win over Barry Hawkins on Saturday followed by a visit to a kebab house at 0130 GMT. "I'd cartwheel out there naked next year".

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"Williams said after to the BBC's Hazel Irvine that a year ago his game was "####" but after linking up with Steve Feeney of SightRight he helped him out.

The Welshman won a gripping final 18-16 to add to his titles in 2000 and 2003.

But at the moment he first stood on the brink of winning, Williams twitched, missing a pink that was match ball. "I'm not going to bed this time - it'll be daylight before I get to bed!"

"I'm sure they've enjoyed it".

"What an occasion. To play John in the Crucible in the final is an unbelievable occasion and I'm so glad I won".

Williams, who won the title in 2000 and 2003, had all but retired from the sport past year, until his wife convinced him to return. "The break in the last frame was one of the best I've made under pressure in my life".

Higgins had not expected another chance but came back to the table and cleared up, vintage snooker from the four-time champion.