Cue Guru wrote:Snooker is different now, more fractured. No one player dominates, they will each leave their own legacy which will be smaller than Ronnie's. But in absolute size, Ding's will be the biggest given the number of Chinese playing the game in that vast country.
Good point about Ding... a player's legacy tends to be thought of in terms of tin pots won, but popularising the game in such a huge way surely counts just as much (or more).
Not so sure about your other point, though. Snooker is more fractured now, true, but trends always continue until they don't. That is, it's impossible to predict the future and we can't simply project the current situation forwards. The next great champion* might appear three years from now and raise the bar yet further.
(*Ronnie Davis-Hendry, created in a lab somewhere in Sheffield).