Lunch with Sumiko: From quitting school at 14 to world No. 1, it’s been a lonely path for Aloysius Yapp

Aloysius Yapp quit school at 14 to play pool. Last year, at 25, he hit world No. 1 in the World Pool-Billiard Association rankings. He tells Executive Editor Sumiko Tan it’s been a long, lonely journey to live out his dream.

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Aloysius Yapp regrets losing part of his childhood by dropping out of school when he was 14. But his focus was on playing pool and last year, he became the world no. 1. Now, the 25-year-old says with a steely determination that he is just beginning.
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There is one thing Aloysius Yapp rues about having dropped out of school when he was in Secondary 2.


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