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Snooker legend Steve Davis has announced his retirement from the game

John Skilbeck

Published 17/04/2016 | 14:56

Steve Davis has retired
Steve Davis has retired

Six-time world snooker champion Steve Davis has announced his retirement.

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Davis, 58, lost to Fergal O'Brien in the first round of qualifying for this year's Betfred World Championship and decided that would be his final match.

"That was my last match as a professional," Davis said on the BBC. "So I'm calling it a day.

"I phoned up Barry (Hearn, his long-time manager) and told him it was on my mind to enter the World Championship and make that the last. I said, 'Barry, I think it's time to retire from professional snooker'.

"And he said, 'Steve, you retired 10 years ago we just didn't have the heart to tell you'."

An emotional Davis took a bow in front of the Crucible crowds with the World Championship trophy on Sunday.

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