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Steve Davis announces snooker retirement after 38-year career

Jamie Shaw in Snooker News 17 Apr 2016
Former champion Steve Davis salutes the Crucible crowd with the World Snooker Championship trophy after announcing his retirement (credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Snooker legend Steve Davis has announced his retirement from the sport after 38 years as a professional.

The 58-year-old, who won six world titles during his domination of snooker in the 1980s, has brought the curtain down on an illustrious career.

Davis became a household name after capturing his first World Championship crown at the Crucible in 1981 and was involved in arguably the sport's most memorable contest - the 1985 'black ball' world final against Dennis Taylor.

He was made an MBE in 1988 and an OBE in 2001 for his services to snooker and confirmed during a BBC interview on Sunday that he is to hang up his cue for the last time.

Davis' last professional encounter was a 10-4 defeat to Fergal O'Brien in the first qualifying round of this year's World Championship, just days after the death of his father.

"I should have done it ages ago, but I played a bit for my father," he told BBC Sport. "I'm delighted to have had such a great time in the game, I was lucky to have a hobby as my profession.

"It has been a fantastic. The game will move on to other places but I feel like the grandfather of the sport in a way."

Although Davis officially lost his status as a professional Tour Card holder in 2014, he has continued to compete in selected ranking events on an invitation basis.

However, 'The Nugget' has decided to call time on his playing career in favour of continuing his work as a BBC Sport pundit and appearing on the exhibition circuit.

In total, Davis picked up 28 ranking titles and a further 53 non-ranking triumphs and was world number one for seven consecutive seasons.

An emotional Davis was given a standing ovation from the Crucible crowd as he returned to the arena for a lap of honour with the trophy.




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