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Sunday 25 August 2019

My son wants to be tennis star – snooker champ Ken

Snooker hero Ken Doherty says his young son dreams of following in his footsteps and becoming a sports star – only not in the same sport as his famous dad.

The Dublin native's son Christian has developed Ken's passion for sport, but the youngster is a big tennis fan and counts Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer as his idol.

And a future date on Wimbledon Centre Court, not a trip to the Crucible, is Christian's dream.

"He likes to play tennis, he's more into tennis than he is snooker," Ken told the Herald. "He wants to be like Roger Federer."

And the five-year-old has already developed a mind of his own – telling his dad that British tennis star Andy Murray doesn't tickle his fancy.

"He loves Roger but says 'not Andy Murray, dad' as he always looks sad," added the 43-year-old. Tennis supremo Roger is not the only sporting star that Christian has taken a shine to.

"He has a tiny snooker cue that I got him, but it's a Ronnie O'Sullivan one so I'm not too happy about that," says Ken.

 

Lucky

The Dubliner, who lives in Ranelagh with his wife Sarah and Christian, hopes to inspire youngsters through sport after decades of success in the snooker game.

"I certainly hope I am inspiring young people," said Ken, who runs The Ken Doherty Snooker Academy in Terenure.

"I love what I do, but I have also been lucky. If I can help young people coming through, I'd like to try and do that."

The Dublin hero also warned up-and-coming sports stars, such as Rory McIlroy, not to take their success for granted. "I'd just say enjoy life, enjoy the moment and always work hard."

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