London - Newly
crowned world snooker champion Mark Williams has vowed to perform naked
cartwheels if he repeats his stunning triumph next year - after
stripping off in celebration of his nailbiting victory.
WATCH: World snooker champion gives press conference naked
Williams, 43, withstood a stirring fightback from John Higgins to
land his third Crucible title on Monday, 15 years after his second.
The 18-16 success made him the oldest winner of the tournament since
45-year-old Ray Reardon in 1978 and Williams fulfilled a promise to hold
his press conference naked - although he wore a towel to protect his
Williams, who made the suggestion as a joke earlier in the
tournament, was roared into the media room and said: "Cold in here,
Asked how his success felt, the Welshman said: "It feels a little bit
uncomfortable at the minute. I had to wear the towel on the orders of
Barry Hearn (chairman of World Snooker) otherwise I would just have
walked in, just crying.
"It's an unbelievable story. Twelve months ago I was thinking about
chucking it, and here I am doing an interview having won the 2018 World
"If I won this again next year, I'd do this again - I'd cartwheel round here naked."
Scotland's Higgins had battled back from 14-7 behind to level at
15-15, making the most of his opponent's mistakes before Williams nudged
ahead and then made a century break to move one frame away from
But Williams faltered, missing a pink that was match ball. Four-time
champion Higgins had not expected another chance but came back to the
table and cleared up.
The Welshman, however, held his nerve in the next frame, a break of 69 taking him over the line.
The champion's young sons witnessed the drama - having not been born when he previously triumphed in 2000 and 2003.
The player, who failed to even qualify for last year's World
Championship, said of his family: "I'm sure they've enjoyed it. My
missus couldn't stop crying for ages. I got a little bit emotional
towards the end as well. I thought these days had all passed to be