Tuesday 24 October 2017

Snooker legend Steve Davis has announced his retirement from the game

Steve Davis has retired
Steve Davis has retired

John Skilbeck

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

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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