The opening Sunday at the Crucible was the scene for my first visit of the 2016 World Snooker Championship – my 12th year in a row and 13th in total!
Attending the afternoon and evening sessions, I saw the Scottish duo of Stephen Maguire and Alan McManus complete their first round battle before watching two young stars in Michael White and Sam Baird get their match started with the opening nine-frame session.
It also turned out to be a momentous day in the history of Snooker as a whole as the legendary 6-time World Champion Steve Davis retired from the game competitively, having failed to qualify for this year’s championship.
On Saturday 30th April 2011, I was at the Crucible Theatre for the semi finals of the World Championship watching two former world champions John Higgins and Mark Williams battle it out for a place in the final.
Crucible debutant Andrew Pagett is the latest top snooker player to give an interview here on ryan147.com
Currently ranked 71st in the provisional rankings, Pagett defeated Zhang Anda, Bjorn Haneveer, Nigel Bond and Andrew Higginson to book his place at the Crucible for the first time in his career. The Welshman will now face Jamie Cope in his first ever match at the final stages of a ranking event.
Click below to find out his thoughts on playing at the Crucible, playing in front of the cameras, the new ranking system and more…
The reigning 6 reds world champion Mark Davis is the latest snooker star to be interviewed on ryan147.com
Mark Davis turned professional at the start of the 1991/92 season. At 37 years of age he seems to have been playing some of the best snooker of his career over the past couple of seasons.
Last season Davis won the first ever 6 reds World Championship, beating Mark Williams 6-3 in the final, in probably the victory of his career. Other tournament wins have been the 2007 German Open and the 2003 B&H Championship, but Mark is yet to have won a ranking event.
Currently 2010 is one of the best years for Mark as he is currently ranked 18th in the World which is his highest ever ranking and in China in March he recorded his highest ever tournament break a 143.
Away from the Snooker table he also got married this year.