Judd Trump heads into the new season still reeling from a short summer of Mykonos mayhem.
The world No1 was left stunned hours after partying with Harry Maguire when the England and Manchester United defender was arrested and charged on the Greek island.
Maguire, 27, was initially found guilty of verbal and physical assault, attempted bribery and resisting arrest.
But he has been granted an appeal and is set to face a retrial.
The Juddernaut, celebrating his 31st birthday in Greece, spent time with Maguire over two days including at a poolside bar just hours before the flare-up – though he was not involved in any way in the trouble that night.
Then to cap it all Trump had to rush back earlier this week when Mykonos was removed from the government’s safe list.
A madcap dash home via Athens was needed to avoid a 14-day isolation period that would have ruled him out of the weekend’s Championship League curtain-raiser.
Trump, who reckons an A-List footballer’s massive celebrity is a poisoned chalice, said: “I was there and had spent time with Harry and his group.
“So of course I was very shocked when I saw what had happened. I had been speaking to him the day before.
“It is a bit scary to see what can happen just on holiday. I love Mykonos but I am always a bit wary when I go away on holiday anyway.
“The police can be strict and less tolerant than in the UK in some places, and I try to be extra well behaved so as not to get in any trouble.
“What happened to Harry might put me off a bit going back there. And it could also make people keep themselves to themselves, or always travel with security.
“It is different for me. Harry is a massive name, Manchester United captain and England defender. You can get people trying to cause trouble with that fame.
“He said he doesn’t want personal security and stuff, but maybe these days that’s what you need to do. Sometimes you can be too famous.
“For me I am kind of just okay, I can get by without too much grief. Snooker is not like football – and I am quite happy with that.”
Trump, who lost to Kyren Wilson in last month’s World Championship quarter-finals, kicks off the first tournament of the new campaign in Milton Keynes on Sunday.
Last season’s winner of a record six ranking titles is in Group One of the Championship League and has matches against Alan McManus, David Lilley and Fan Zhengyi.