Snooker: Ebdon gets a taste for Premier League snooker
PETER Ebdon has been going bananas in the run-up to tonight's PartyPoker.com Premier League return to Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre.
In fact, the 41-year-old former world champion has been munching on all manner of fruit and veg since becoming a vegan nine months ago.
Ebdon will be playing his first Premier League match since 2003 when he takes on Stephen Lee in front of the Sky TV cameras tonight (7.30pm).
And after cutting meat and dairy products from his diet following his father's death from cancer last year, Ebdon reckons it is giving him the edge over his rivals on the green baize.
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He said: "I have been a vegan for nine months, but have just started a 'raw vegan' diet – only eating raw fruit and vegetables.
"It's something I had been thinking about for a while as the only cooked foods I was eating was pasta, soup and porridge.
"After my dad died I did a lot of research into diet, and how cutting out certain foods can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.
"I will be a vegan for life now – there's no way I'd ever go back to eating meat and dairy. I believe it's the healthiest diet for humans.
"I have lost two-and-a-half stone this year and my cholesterol level has gone right down. I feel I am capable of big things this season."
And in fitting style, Ebdon will prepare for tonight's clash with world number eight Lee by feasting on organic bananas and mangoes, delighted to be back playing in a "great tournament".
"There is a fantastic line-up this year. I can't believe it is so long since I had the chance to play in it," he added.
The second match at Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre tonight will see world number one Mark Selby take on Australian ace Neil Robertson.
Both matches will be the best of six frames, with players awarded two points for a win and one for a 3-3 draw.
Tickets, costing £18 (£15 for concessions), are still available by calling the Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre on (01782) 515005.
The Biddulph leg of Premier League snooker will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 tonight, starting at 7.30pm.