Marco Fu

‘I’m the worst player in the lineup’ – Hong Kong’s Tweet-happy Marco Fu shows funny side on social media

The world number six is adept at posting pithy messages on Twitter that mostly poke fun at himself

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 June, 2017, 4:48pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 June, 2017, 4:48pm

Hong Kong snooker star Marco Fu Ka-chun is more than simply a master of potting, he is also a master of pithy Tweeting – and it’s clear that he doesn’t always take himself too seriously.

The world number six often takes to Twitter and other social media platforms to offers his views, congratulate fellow players, post a picture or merely poke fun at himself.

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The latest short and sharp barb directed at himself came after the recent draw for the Hong Kong Masters, from July 20-23, with Fu slated to meet Barry Hawkins, the world number five.

With the tournament also featuring reigning world champion Mark Selby and the popular Ronnie O’Sullivan, Fu - despite his high world ranking - clearly didn’t feel he belonged in such elite company.

“Sorry to say that I’m the worst player in this year’s lineup, no need to say more...,” Fu tweeted.

After Fu’s 13-3 quarter-final thrashing by Selby in the world championship in April, the Hong Kong player was naturally unhappy at the way he played and was at his at his self-deprecating best on social media.

“Selby very careless to lose the 3 frames to me...,” was his classic Tweet.

And then there was the time Fu summed up his mundane Valentine’s Day plans while on tour with this: “Wenbo just ask me out tonight, how sad is it.....,” referring to Chinese player Liang Wenbo.

Despite his flare for humility, Fu is a much-respected member of the world snooker circuit, having won three professional tournaments and beating some of the best players along the way.

He is a rare world-class Hong Kong sportsman, and World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn says Fu is an example of a true professional and hopes he can inspire more Hong Kong players to pursue snooker at the highest level.

“Marco Fu has been one of the great ambassadors of Hong Kong, forget just snooker, but in sports overall,” said Hearn. “Not only his talent but how he carries himself, his professionalism and attitude.

“But for every flagbearer, and he is definitely one, behind them is an army. That’s what we are trying to do, to develop the sport and extend opportunities to other Marco Fu’s.

“We are trying to inspire kids to pursue all sports to the best standards they can and you couldn’t find a better example than Marco Fu.”