whitespider wrote:He probably is wishing the fact that if he still had his game he would still be winning the odd tournament and mixing it with the top players. Seeing Higgins doing well in his 40's (and I'm sure Ronnie will) is just hammering it home.
Unfortunately for him, for whatever reasons his game went to pot. And that's why he jacked it in. At the elite end of the game, the standard is no better than 10 - 20 years ago. So it rankles him when players like Grace and to a lesser extent Wenbo do well as he probably thinks in his prime he could beat them comfortably and would not be a challenge to him. Just a theory.
That is in part Hendry's fault.
No getting away from the fact that Ronnie is a special talent, so winning titles with his style isn't something that even Stephen Hendry could replicate.
But there was an interesting discussion about John Higgins during the week. Apparently, he had been giving the younger players some tips on how to stand whilst cueing, and it made him realise that wasn't how he himself was playing any more. He'd picked up bad habits whilst playing, because he no longer analysed his own game. He went back to basics, and has won three ranking events in 2015.
Hendry kind of believed the way he played in his prime was the only way of playing. His 'safety is overrated' attitude isn't something he changed. Steve Davis was winning games against top opponents in his 50s, but had to analyse how he played and spend more time working on certain aspects of his game. He concentrated on making it hard for his opponents to win, then went from there.
I just can't see Hendry has the level of self-analysis, or the desire to change his game to encourage longevity. I guess being as good as he was, leads to a certain stubbornness about his game. But also finds it hard to take when he sees mediocrity in himself. (Or what he perceives as mediocrity in others.)