‘I can’t believe … you’re making me up’: Stephen Hendry is shocked at the news that he will face longtime rival Jimmy White in snooker World Championship qualifying as veterans with a combined age of 110 attract each other in the first round
- Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White are both veterans of the snooker tour
- With a combined age of 110, they are attracted to see each other again
- Rather than in finals, it is in the first qualifying round for the world champions
- Hendry couldn’t believe the draw when he was told live on ITV on Wednesday
Stephen Hendry was shocked after being told live on ITV that he will face old rival Jimmy White in the first qualifying round for the Betfred World Championship.
Hendry, who made a highly anticipated comeback to the professional tour at the Gibraltar Open earlier this month after nearly nine years of retirement, famously had a rivalry with White in the early 1990s.
The duo memorably contested four World Cup finals in the span of five years in Sheffield and Hendry triumphed at every opportunity in 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1994 on his way to take a record seven-time winner.
Stephen Hendry couldn’t believe it when he was told he would face Jimmy White in qualifying
The pair faced each other in several finals over the years, but now play in qualifying
Now times have changed, however, and the pair will take on incredibly at the start of their World Championship tour in the first qualifying round.
After being told live on ITV, Hendry couldn’t believe the news.
“No, stop it,” he said. ‘I can’t believe that. You turn me on – that’s unbelievable.
‘All those finals we’ve played and now we’re starting to play against each other at rock bottom in the very first round. It’s unbelievable.
“We also practiced together, so that’s over!”
To access the first round of the World Championship, which opens on April 17, Hendry and White – who are 110 years old together – will face four games in a qualifying event starting April 5.
The pair’s last meeting in the professional ranks favored Hendry as he won 9-8 in the last-32 of the 2010 UK Championship, but White, 58, defeated his longtime nemesis 4-2 on the way to go all the way. in the Seniors World Championship last August.
White never made it to the top prize despite playing in six finals, while the ‘Whirlwind’ last made it to the main draw in 2006 – and has been a losing qualifier every year since then.
Hendry defeated White in the World Cup final in 1990, 1992, 1993 (pictured) and 1994
White watches from his seat during the 1994 final, which Hendry won 18-17