It takes more than temperatures of minus 13 to stop legend and six-time world champion Steve Davis from promoting his sport, and the 56-year-old offered another reminder of why he is the game’s leading ambassador in Berlin.

Having agreed to do a photo-shoot in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate in the German capital, Davis politely asked if he might be delayed, perhaps mindful of the bone-chilling cold. When the answer came back that this might present some difficulties Davis cheerily fulfilled the obligation, albeit well wrapped up, only hours before his match against Dominic Dale.

Happily there was a payback for the Nugget, battling to safeguard his tour place. Some of the photos of him in front of the famous edifice were so good he asked for one to include in the book of his snooker life he is currently working on.