Former world snooker champion Shaun Murphy has revealed he was sidelined after suffering a leg injury while dancing to Disney’s Greatest Hits.
But the Englishman was determined to return for the ongoing Shanghai Masters – which is no Mickey Mouse event, with prize money totalling £750,000.
He led 5-0 in his first round match before opponent Lyu Haotian broke his Donald Duck to get a frame back.
After winning 6-1, Murphy said of his injury: “It’s not ideal preparation.”
Murphy, champion at the Crucible in 2005, said the bizarre accident happened when he was dancing around the living room on a Sunday afternoon with his three-year-old son Harry.
“I felt something go in my leg. I thought for a minute I had snapped my Achilles tendon, but the doctor later told me if I had done that I would have gone down like a sack of spuds,” the 37-year-old told World Snooker.
“He said I might well have partially torn it and he advised me to rest it as much as possible, so I sat in the house for two weeks, doing my wife’s brain in.
“I had to pull out of the Paul Hunter Classic and I was relieved to be able to get back to the table last week for a few days. It’s not ideal preparation but I’m glad to be here and to get a win under my belt.”