Hendry returns eight years after retirement
Stephen Hendry, the recordbreaking seven-time world champion, is to come out of retirement following more than eight years away from the sport’s main tour.
Now 51, Hendry walked away from the game after reaching the World Championship quarter-finals in 2012 and has since seen Ronnie O’Sullivan surpass all of his all-time records except for one. That is his seven World Championship victories at the Crucible between 1990 and 1999, although O’Sullivan’s victory last month means that he is now himself level with Steve Davis and Ray Reardon on six.
Hendry showed glimpses of his old form in reaching the semi-finals of the World Senior Championships last month before losing to great rival Jimmy White and has now taken up an invitational tour card to join White in playing on the main tour for at least the next two seasons.
“I’ve always missed the buzz of competing and, although I have no expectations, this felt like a good time to explore getting back to the table,” Hendry said.