Vegan Neil Robertson wins top snooker competition The star decided to go vegan after being inspired by fellow pro player, Peter Ebdon - Media Credit: Taka Wu / Alamy Stock Photo

Vegan Sportsman Neil Robertson Wins Prestigious Snooker Competition

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Australian vegan snooker player Neil Robertson has won one of the most prestigious competitions in the world, The Masters – for a second time.

The 39-year-old former world champion and No.1 took home the trophy last week.

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This year, The Masters took place at Alexandra Palace in London, UK. In the final, he beat Barry Hawkins 10-4 since opening with a 5-3 lead, BBC Sport reports.

Now, Robertson becomes the tenth player to have won the competition more than once. For his victory, he takes home £250,000 in prize money.

The champion told the BBC: “With the players I have had to beat, it has to be right up there. Every match has thrown up a lot of challenges.”

Robertson scored the winning spot earlier this month

Neil Robertson

In 2014, Robertson told Great Vegan Athletes that he had begun eating a plant-based diet to “get the most out of my career.”

Some of his top meals involved daily carrot juices, six banana smoothies, and a “huge” bag of kale for breakfast.

A key influence in helping make the switch was Peter Ebdon, a fellow professional snooker player, and vegan. Since ditching animal products Robertson said he’s “not looked back since.”

He told the BBC seven years ago: “I used to feel very tired during tournaments. I was drinking four or five coffees per day and felt I needed more.

“Now I’m able to practice an awful lot more without getting tired.”

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