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Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:14

The Sports Betting World Will Miss Stephen Hendry

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Stephen Hendry retires from tournament snooker, after a crushing 13-2 defeat by Stephen Maguire at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Although the announcement came as a shock to the public, Hendry stated that he had made up his mind three months ago. His reasons were the hectic schedule and him not really enjoying his snooker anymore. At 43 years old, and being the most successful snooker player of all time, I believe he has earned the right to stand down whenever suits him. The sports betting industry will miss him, as he was always a popular character in the sport.

Although his last match saw him well beaten and not his usual self, at least he went out with a maximum in the first round Stuart Bingham, which was the third time Hendry has managed the feat at the Crucible. So I suppose there was ample reason for seeing a more jubilant celebration than normal!

Stephen Hendry turned professional in 1985 and won 7 Championships and held the Number One ranking for nine years. His commitment to the game has always been 100%, with absolute focus on winning and determination, second to none.

Stephen has definitely become of the sport’s legends and all the greats have voiced their praise of the man and his achievements. Men like Barry Hearn, Terry Griffiths and Jimmy White have all been unanimous in saying how much the sport will miss him and how much he has achieved. May I take this opportunity to wish Stephen all the best in the future and long may the game remember his services.