SNOOKER’S greatest ever player today issued a ‘hands off’ warning to anyone thinking about tampering with the format for the World Championship.
Stephen Hendry, a seven-times winner at The Crucible, is opposed to a shortening of snooker’s premier event, which will take place over 17 days next month.
Reigning world champion John Higgins recently suggested that the final could be played over a day.
But Hendry says the world championship is special – and should remain so.
“The world championship is the true test of a player, of his ability, his temperament and ultimately his standing in the game at that time,” he told 110sport TV.
“In the past, I might have considered making changes, but that was at a time when there were more events than there are today. But if it isn’t broken why fix it?
“But the world championship should stand alone,” said Hendry who 20 years ago next month became the youngest-ever winner of the title.
“I wouldn’t like to see the format tampered with. I think there is scope to try different things with different tournaments.
“You only have to look at the ticket sales. It is the only tournament that is sold out from start to finish. The fans love it, the players love it and it has a massive TV audience.”
But the Scot says he is all for changes if it helps snooker.
“I think there are several things that could be done. I don’t see any reason for instance, why we can’t play two matches in a day if ultimately it shortens some tournaments and therefore keeps costs down.
“I don’t see any reason why that wouldn’t work. Those turning up at The Crucible next month will play the equivalent of two matches in a day – so where is the problem doing that?”
Hendry is in Beijing for the Sanyuan Foods China Open next week and says he needs to have a decent run ahead of Sheffield.
“People will consider this event important because it is the last one before The Crucible. But I am taking this one on its own.
“I’ve had a poor season by my standards. I haven’t won two matches back-to-back this far so now wouldn’t be a bad time to start because while I’m happy enough with how I am playing, I badly need some results.”
despite what many people might think this is not braught up from the point of view of the World Championship But from the point ive underlined how would that seriously work playing two games in a day the only two scinarios i can see is.
with 4 Table set up play Last 16 in the morning and afternoon with Quarter Finals at night or with a 2 table set up play Quarter Finals in the Morning and Afternoon with the Semi Finals at night.
personally id hate it squashed up like that.
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