Hendry re­turns eight years af­ter re­tire­ment

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Snooker By Jeremy Wil­son

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.

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