World Snooker Championship: Martin Gould says he was able to give up after social media abuse

‘I used to be in a fairly darkish place’

Final Up to date: 04/08/20 11:22am

Martin Gould has revealed how lockdown saved him

Martin Gould has revealed how lockdown saved him

Martin Gould has conceded he was able to give up snooker after being pushed right into a “darkish place” by social media abuse.

The previous world No 11 mentioned his enforced time away from the sport as a result of coronavirus lockdown successfully saved his profession.

Gould’s candid admission of psychological well being issues echo these of Ronnie O’Sullivan, who revealed final 12 months that he had taken anti-depressants as a method to fight the game’s particular pressures.

My thoughts, physique and soul weren’t in it. Lockdown saved me – if it hadn’t occurred I do not suppose I would be sat right here proper now.

Martin Gould

“I used to be in a fairly darkish place,” Gould mentioned. “My dad and my girlfriend have been searching for me as a result of they knew there was one thing flawed.

“You get plenty of stick from social media and lots of people do not perceive how we really feel after we obtain these sorts of messages. They do not perceive how a lot strain we may be beneath simply to pot balls.”

Gould added that he wouldn’t have been getting ready for a 10th Crucible look had the World Championships taken place as scheduled in April.

“My thoughts, physique and soul weren’t in it,” Gould mentioned. “Lockdown saved me – if it hadn’t occurred I do not suppose I would be sat right here proper now.

“I fell fully out of affection with the sport. I would get to tournaments and as quickly as I arrived I would be prepare instances to see after I may go residence. I simply did not need to be there.

“It is a recreation that may be actually arduous not simply mentally, however bodily. I’ve had a number of again and neck points, and a few days I do not even know if I will get off the bed.

“Lockdown principally helped me get my head again into desirous to play snooker once more. It was arduous however fortunately my household and associates have helped me to get again centered and prepared.”

Snooker’s governing physique, the WPBSA, says it “prioritises the psychological well being and well-being of its skilled gamers and has developed working partnerships with specialist organisations designed to facilitate numerous ranges of help for a variety of points together with emotional well being, melancholy, and dependancy.”

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