Mark Williams Does Press Conference Naked After Winning World Championship

Mark Williams Does Press Conference Naked After Winning World Championship

It's the third time the Welshman has won the championship. "I had to wear the towel on the orders of Barry Hearn (World Snooker chairman) otherwise I would just have walked in, just crying".

And true to a promise he made earlier in the tournament, the 43-year-old conducted his post-match press conference completely naked, save for a strategically placed Betfred towel to cover his modesty.

Almost true to his world - he later disclosed that Barry Hearn ordered him to wear the towel - Williams strolled to the media room with some interesting tattoos on show.

At 43, Williams became the oldest victor of the sport's biggest prize since fellow Welshman Roy Reardon won his sixth and final world title in 1978.

Twelve months ago, Williams had grown so frustrated with his game that he meant to pack it in, until wife Jo convinced him otherwise, and now he's capped a renaissance season by beating John Higgins 18-16 in a remarkable Betfred World Snooker Championship final.

Mark Williams promised the world he would take questions in the nude if he brought home a world title and last night, he proved he is a man of his word. "The break in the last frame was one of the best I've made under pressure in my life".

The player, who failed to even qualify for last year's World Championship, said of his family: "I'm sure they've enjoyed it".

He made breaks of 131, 67 and 82, each time ruthlessly punishing mistakes from Williams whose once huge lead was down to just two frames at 15-13.

He said: "I am a little bit uncomfortable at the moment - it's a bit cold in here!"

"12 months ago I wasn't even here".

And, while Higgins can look back on four successful campaigns in Sheffield, the pain of losing consecutive finals has given him a new appreciation of the heartbreak felt by White a quarter of a century ago. The Welshman, however, held his nerve in the next frame, a break of 69 taking him over the line. I just did something I thought I would never ever do.

"I knew at the end if I didn't get enough in front he would clear up again but I'm over the moon".

"I was 14-7 behind and I was anxious if I would (not) take it to the fourth session", Higgins said.

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