STEPHEN HENDRY has aborted his snooker comeback after withdrawing from next week’s inaugural WST Pro Series.
Fans across the world have been anticipating the sight of the seven-time world snooker champion returning to the baize.
Stephen Hendry has aborted his comeback after withdrawing from the WST Pro SeriesCredit: Getty
The 52-year-old was set to play next Wednesday in seven best-of-three-frames Group matches in Milton Keynes.
Yet the Scot did not want to play in January in this new event – especially as it takes place so soon after the completion of the Masters.
It is understood he wanted more time to get ready to play as he is commentating this week for the BBC.
He requested to switch matches to the March group stages but that was rejected by the World Snooker Tour who wanted to give priority to overseas players.
He will now be replaced in Group G by John Astley.
Disappointingly, Hendry has not played once this year, shunning the chance to appear in the UK Championship last November, and turning down any interview opportunities to explain his motives.
He could still play in the Welsh Open but the deadline for that is February 3 and the venue is unknown.
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The best prospect is that Hendry, who is working with SightRight founder Steve Feeney, will make his return in the Crucible qualifiers at the end of this season.
Between 1990 and 1999, Hendry dominated the sport, winning a record seven world titles, one more than Ray Reardon, Steve Davis and Ronnie O’Sullivan in the record books.
His last appearance professionally on the baize was a defeat to Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals of the 2012 World Championships in Sheffield.