During the final, Chris Henry was constantly limping on two thoughts, because his two groups faced each other. “Those 24 hours were incredible, with many changing emotions”, admits Henry, who has lived in Varsenare for about 20 years.
“It was a unique situation to be involved on both sides in the final. That was very unusual and not easy to deal with. You know that someone will win and someone will lose. That is fantastic and terrible at the same time. “
“When I look at it from a distance, of course I have to be very satisfied as a coach. I am very happy for Mark Selby: a good and humble boy and one of the hardest workers I have ever seen. But I am also disappointed for Shaun. Murphy that he could not win a second world title. “
How big is the influence of a coach in snooker? “Snooker is a special case. Sometimes you have to wait half an hour, because you missed yourself or because the other one is playing very well. A lot can happen during that time. You can get frustrated, for example,” says Henry.
“When you’re at the table, you have to be very focused again. I try to teach players things that automatically give them positive thoughts. Good emotions lead to better performance. And the better you perform, the better your results are.”
Mark Selby had a few difficult years, but is now completely back with his 4th world title. “He had a problem which I identified and together we also worked on the mental aspect. Now he is mentally strong again. He is bursting with confidence.”
“Whether this is why this is his most beautiful world title? He himself thinks that it is his first. Not because it was the first, but because it was against Ronnie O’Sullivan. But this title could be next to it. It is a new start for it. him.”