Jeremy Jones: US Open Winning Rack | Pool Rewatch

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Jose struggled initially but improved, faced challenges, won, and acknowledged support.

Key Insights

  • Jose broke the balls at the beginning of the match
  • The player couldn't sleep the night before the match
  • Despite a shaky start, the player improved throughout the match
  • The commentator mentions the position of the three ball being challenging
  • The player takes on tough shots confidently when playing well
  • The player uses a routine to stay focused and engaged
  • There were some challenges with sweaty hands during the game
  • The player had a shoutout to a fellow player, Gabe Owen
  • The player was relieved to win the match and acknowledges the support of a tournament director

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Transcript

Yeah, you can see Jose breaking the balls here, and it was just kind of like, it seemed like a meant-to-be thing, this match right here. I played incredible. It was kind of funny, I couldn’t sleep the night before, like at all, and I still had to play a winter side match, the hot seat match, and I kind of stumbled through it playing Keith McCready. I started off terribly, but then I got it together. I knew I had about three hours or so before the final, and so I went back and tried to sleep, and it was a good thing, and then come in, I practiced. I’d never made a ball practicing, so I’m like, oh my gosh, you know. And then once the adrenaline kicked in, it was all good.

You know, this last rack, I had to play a nice safety here on the one. You know, I broke and ran something like seven or eight racks in the finals, so even though I didn’t feel like I was going to make much of a mistake, you know, it’s Jose Parika, so I don’t want him at the table at all, you know, and so I was pretty happy that he broke dry, considering, and I had a little bit of a look to do something. You know, here, you can see the commentator kind of marking the three had gotten knocked into a tough position, so Jose plays a smart kick shot, but doesn’t get a rail here in a moment. You know, these guys, you rarely ever get ball in hand, you know what I mean, no matter how good the snooker is, but it just so happened I did get ball in hand here, and you know, he kind of knocked the six in an unfavorable position, and the three being so tough, you wouldn’t believe how tight the three was going by this eight, so the commentator actually suggested that I would move the three with ball in hand, but when you’re playing well, you want to take on the tough stuff, knowing that you’re going to at least be guaranteed a shot. It’s going to be a tough one, but you’re going to be guaranteed a shot, and when you’re playing well, you accept that. That’s just how it is, you know. I feel like when I’m in stroke, especially back then, you know, I had a lot of game. Tough layouts didn’t bother me.

They almost keep you engaged a little bit more, and like right here, getting from the three to the four is going to be really tough, but the commentator actually says here, I overrun the position, and he’s a good friend of mine, Billy Encardona, and I actually got perfect on the three, because if you have to draw the cue ball on the three, the three’s going to come off the rail and contact the eight, so you have to play a little thinner so you can roll this in with spin. That way, the three stays on the rail, and once I got this ball down, and I saw the cue ball come across and get clean, I kind of felt like, all right, it’s my title to win now, and I was just real proud, because I stayed real engaged the entire tournament, and on into this match.

What are you thinking in this moment, like, just to, like, focus on the table? And just concentrate on the whole match?

Yeah, I was one that, once I learned how to use a routine, I really leaned on it, you know, like I kind of did the same thing every shot, and you’re never going to not know it’s not Hill Hill, or not Hill Hill, but the final of the U.S. Open, and you’re never going to not know the surroundings, but what a routine does is it kind of dilutes that a little bit, and it just kind of makes you get involved in yourself, and that’s what I did there that week, and I probably did it the best in the finals, which is a pretty special feeling, yeah.

So I got a little straight here on the five, not the best position to get from the six to the seven, but I think this five ball will kind of show you how I was feeling, because I didn’t really back down here, I kind of rifled this ball in, just trying to get the cue ball off the rail some, and you can see I was a little jacked, my tempo was a little faster than normal, but the good thing is, you know, I kind of went with it, and, you know, just said, hey, don’t worry about it, swing the cue, and see what happens. Unfortunately, I have the sweatiest hands there ever has been in pool, most players would quit if they had my hands, but it also kept me engaged in that routine, you know, Jose said afterwards that I kind of put him to sleep with the routine a little bit, but it was a must for me, I mean, you know, adrenaline going, sweaty hands already, it was like, I wouldn’t put my hands on anyone at that moment, it just happened to be, but yeah, I got myself in position here, and now I knew it was all just about finishing, really.

Well, once I got the cue ball to slide over to the rail, I knew it was real natural, probably have to faint, not to get out from here, you know, but I hit the 8 a little light, maybe I got a little ahead of myself, saying one time, Gabe, you know, Gabe Owen was, me and him were kind of like Al-Kadhi and FSR for many years, and so I had a little shout out to him, and ironically, he went on to win it the next year, which was, I think, one of the coolest things ever in the history of the U.S. Open, so, and you can see I fell a little short there, Billy and Cardona commenting, you know, well, two things, I didn’t want to scratch, you know, even though the scratch wasn’t there, but I didn’t want to land on the rail, it seems like when you’re on the rail, when the nerves are high, any ball is missable, and if I happen to miss this 9 right here, Jose, he could do something special. Yeah, I was pretty happy there. Scott Smith, who was a long-time tournament director of ours, he’s the one who gave me the nickname Double J, and it was kind of nice to be able to give him a high-five, kind of, he’s the one who kind of started my career in a lot of ways, and it was nice to be able to give him a high-five after that win.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Jeremy Jones re-watches his US Open winning rack!’ by Matchroom Pool