I must admit that I wondered a bit as to why the outcome of the Q-Tour play-off event was not taken into account when it comes to who would get an invite to the World Championship qualifiers via the Q-Tour order of merit.
Well … from what transpired on twitter today, it is probably because the entry deadline was today at noon UK time.
Shortly before the said deadline, Hector Nunns shared this on twitter:
Hector’s additional comments strongly suggested that Hendry’s participation in the event was very unlikely. Hector used the word “shock” about this, but frankly, is it really a shock? It certainly isn’t to me. I can see why Hendry wouldn’t want to continue to play and face more poor perfornances and humiliating defeats. We shall see what happens from here but I wouldn’t be surprised if this was really the end of the road for Hendry as a professional.
This has now be published by WST:
Star Names Set For World Qualifiers
Top players including Ding Junhui, Stephen Maguire, Ali Carter and Joe Perry will all be competing in the qualifying rounds of the Betfred World Championship, which run from April 4 to 13 at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield.
In total there will be 128 players in the field for the qualifying rounds of snooker’s biggest event, and only 16 will survive, going through to the Crucible to join the top 16 seeds.
There are still two counting events – the BetVictor Gibraltar Open and Cazoo Tour Championship – before the top 16 seeds are confirmed, but the likes of three-time UK Champion Ding and six-time ranking event winner Maguire are sure to be in the field for the qualifying rounds.
Former champions Graeme Dott and Ken Doherty, all-time legend Jimmy White and Hong Kong’s greatest player Marco Fu will also be in the line up, as well as top women players Reanne Evans, Ng On Yee, Nutcharut Wongharuthai and Rebecca Kenna. The full field, draw and format will be announced once the top 16 seeds are confirmed.
Round one pits players ranked 81 to 112 against those seeded 113 to 144
In round two, those 32 winners will face players ranked 49-80.
In round three, those 32 winners will face players ranked 17-48.
In round four, those 32 winners play each other, with the 16 winners going through to the Crucible.
Session times will be 9.30am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm from April 4 to 11 and then 11am and 5pm for the final round on April 12-13.
No mention of Hendry … Surely they would have mentioned him if he had entered?
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This is consistent with the impression I had gotten about Hendry’s “comeback”. It seemed to me that he decided to come back in part because he was excited about how he felt about his game after working with SightRight, and he was optimistic that he might get better results than he did right before he retired.
But his initial results after coming back did not live up to his expectations, and after that he became less interested in playing because he didn’t want to embarrass himself or tarnish his legacy. And he doesn’t really want to talk about it, which is why we haven’t heard anything from him…
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