Stephen Hendry hopes he could make it to the ultimate levels of the Betfred World Championship – however admits his recreation is probably not able to get by the qualifiers this 12 months.
The seven-time World Champion might be within the line-up when the draw for the qualifying rounds of snooker’s greatest match comes out this week. Beginning within the first spherical, 52-year-old Hendry must win 4 matches to make it to the Crucible for the primary time since 2012.
Hendry retired from the professional recreation 9 years in the past however is now again with an invitational tour card, and made his return to the baize on the latest BetVictor Gibraltar Open, shedding 4-1 within the first spherical to Matthew Selt regardless of making a century break within the second body.
“I don’t suppose my recreation is sharp sufficient to win 4 matches, to be sincere,” Hendry instructed ITV, waiting for the journey to Sheffield. “It has come a bit bit too quickly. But when I win a few matches, you by no means know what confidence can do. Subsequent 12 months I’ll give it one other go. That’s the objective – to get again to the Crucible.
“I’m not making an attempt to get again to competing with the highest guys as a result of they’re on a unique degree. I’m simply wish to play just a few matches, get some enjoyment, possibly get two or three victories and see the place that takes me.”
The Betfred World Championship qualifiers run from April 5 to 14 on the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield.
Watch the ITV characteristic on Hendry’s comeback right here: