The ‘Gary Wilson as former cab driver’ thing has had a decent amount of mileage ever since his good run at the UK Championships in York 18 months back – and it was given new life by his superb achievement in beating Ding Junhui to get to the China Open final.

A CCTV reporter – to be fair, the only one who had gone to a lot of trouble to research Ding’s opponent properly – was therefore not going to blow his big chance in the television interview straight after the semi-final.

“You used to be a taxi driver – how would you like to drive one in Beijing?” asked the broadcaster, alluding to the millions of cars on the Chinese city’s roads and regular gridlock. “No chance,” replied Wilson, whose days of needing to supplement his snooker income look to be well behind him for now.