JACK Lisowski vowed to return stronger for the experience after his UK Championship debut ended in disappointment in the first round with a 6-2 defeat to in-form Stuart Bingham.
The 21-year-old from Churchdown tipped by many as a future star of the game, qualified through to the main draw for the first time in his young career but found Bingham too tough to handle.
The two traded frames in the opening stages before Bingham, who at the age of 36 has broken into the top ten in the world rankings for the first time in his career, ran away from the youngster.
But Lisowski refused to use the TV cameras in York as an excuse for his disappointing performance, instead pinpointing his long potting as his Achilles heel.
"I wasn't overawed by the occasion," he said.
"I have played in front of bigger crowds than that before so that certainly was not the reason.
"It was a good experience, I was not very nervous at all but the snooker itself was disappointing.
"My long potting was terrible and I kept leaving them for him, that was the problem and I need to work on that.
"I'm still too inconsistent at the moment but I'm coming up and I need to keep working hard and practising to make sure days like this one don't happen again."
Fellow Gloucester potter Robert Milkins also went out in the first round in York, the 36-year-old falling to the UK Champion of 2008 Shaun Murphy 6-3.
Playing a former world champion is a tough enough prospect at the best of times but qualifier Milkins' task was made all the more difficult as he was feeling somewhat under the weather.
And the qualifier admitted afterwards that he had struggled to cope with the occasion as a result.
"I have been really poorly for five days, I'm not well, and I sort of let that affect me at the start of the match," he said.
"Sometimes when things are not quite going your way it feels worse. Certain shots I was getting down and then having to stand back up to make sure I was hitting the right ball.
"I have felt dizzy now for the past five days, I don't know what it is so I will go to the doctor and get it checked out now.
"I played all right after the interval but I just couldn't seem to get back level.
"But In all fairness to Shaun he played well when he had to."
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