There was plenty of disappointment for Ding Junhui over his first-round exit to Michael Wasley at the Dafabet World Championship…and disappointment also for father Ding Wenjun.

Ding senior had come over to Sheffield to watch his son for the very first time in action at the Crucible, and watched from the media centre with everything crossed that the man of the season could replicate that form on the biggest stage – but again Ding junior came up short.

Back home in Yixing his father produces and sells clay tea-pots as well as being involved with the powerful Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association on the coaching front. With CBSA officials present in Sheffield, there was business to be done returning to China.