Stephen Hendry is Again !!
Legendary seven-time World Champion Stephen Hendry will take up an invitational tour card to compete on the World Snooker Tour for no less than the following two seasons.
Hendry had appeared to have ended his time on the skilled circuit, when he retired after the 2012 World Championship. That got here on the finish of a run to the Crucible quarter-finals, which noticed him compile the eleventh most break of his profession alongside the best way.
Nevertheless, after eight years away, 51-year-old Hendry has taken the choice to return to snooker’s high desk. He joins fellow icons Jimmy White, Ken Doherty and James Wattana in being awarded an invitational tour card. It is going to final a minimal of two seasons and he’ll accrue rating prize cash in the identical method as all different gamers on the circuit.
Hendry has amassed an exceptional 36 rating titles over his profession. Solely Ronnie O’Sullivan, who claimed his thirty seventh rating crown on the World Championship final month, has received extra. Hendry’s seven Crucible titles are unparalleled within the sport.
The Scot achieved dominance of snooker throughout the Nineteen Nineties. He topped the world rankings for eight consecutive years between 1990 and 1998. Hendry additionally secured all of his World Championship wins throughout the decade, the latest coming in 1999.
Hendry final claimed rating silverware on the 2005 Malta Cup, when he defeated compatriot Graeme Dott within the ultimate. He most just lately topped the world rankings throughout the 2006/2007 season. Hendry displayed glimpses of what followers can anticipate upon his return in a run to the semi-finals of the current World Seniors Championship.
With the Championship League draw having already been made, the primary event Hendry will likely be eligible to play in would be the European Masters, which runs from twenty first to twenty seventh September.
“I’m excited to have the chance to enter some tournaments over the approaching two seasons,” stated 18-time Triple Crown occasion winner Hendry.
“I’ve actually loved selecting up my cue once more just lately on the World Seniors and after some SightRight teaching I really feel a little bit extra assured in my recreation. I’ve all the time missed the excitement of competing and though I’ve no expectations by way of efficiency, this felt like a great time to discover getting again to the desk.”
WST Chairman Barry Hearn stated: “I’m thrilled that Stephen has determined to return to the tour. He is a big of the game and I do know that each one eyes will likely be on him each time he takes to the desk within the coming months.
“It’s nice to know that Stephen’s aggressive fires are nonetheless burning and given his extraordinary achievements, it was a no brainer to supply him the chance to come back again. I want Stephen all the perfect for the 2 seasons forward.”