JAK Jones remains confident that it won’t be too long before he starts mixing it with snooker’s big guns on a much regular basis at major tournaments.

The world number 70 succumbed to a disappointing 4-1 loss against Mark King in the opening round of the 19.com Scottish Open, failing to replicate his Betway UK Championship success where he progressed to the last 64 after a win over Andrew Higginson.

But the Cwmbran potter has lofty ambitions for the future, refusing to have his optimism diminished after defeat in the third Home Series event of the 2019-20 season.

“I feel like I’m starting to play more confidently now and I’m feeling more comfortable on the tour,” said the 26-year-old.

“I’m not too far away from doing really well in a big tournament and hopefully breaking through, and that can only be a good sign, that I don’t feel too far away.

“I’ve got the two qualifying events coming up next in Barnsley for the German and European Masters, so hopefully I can put in a good showing there.

“I really want to break into the top 64, and once I do that then I’m confident I can fly up the rankings.”

Jones compiled a second-frame break of 56 under the Glasgow Emirates Arena lights on Monday, but it wasn’t enough to prevent world number 43 King cruising to a comfortable victory.

However, Jones, who was knocked out of the UK Championship second round by eventual semi-finalist and 19.com Scottish Open defending champion Mark Allen, was not too downbeat about his season and the state of his game.

“Mark played quite well to be fair,” he added. “This season could have been worse, but it could have been better – it’s not been terrible.

“Obviously I’d really like to win a tournament, but the main thing is just about being consistent in the latter stages of tournaments.

“That top 64 is the big milestone – once you’re in that you’re seeded – and I’m provisionally 65, so hopefully I can finish this season well and give it a really good go next season.”

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