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Mark Selby has returned to the top of the snooker world rankings after leapfrogging Judd Trump during the British Open.

Selby, the reigning and four-time World Champion, has reclaimed the world number one spot for a seventh time, ending Trump’s two-year reign.

Trump had won eleven ranking tournaments since climbing to the top of the rankings in August 2019, but the £175,000 he earned for winning the 2019 International Championship is due to drop off his tally next week.

That means that Selby, who pocketed £500,000 for his Crucible triumph in May, will now return to the summit.

Selby suffered a Second Round exit at the hands of Ali Carter at the British Open on home soil in Leicester on Thursday.

Trump had an opportunity to protect the number one spot, but saw his hopes ended by a 3-2 defeat to Elliot Slessor in the Last 32 on Friday.

Selby became world number one for the first time a decade ago and also held down that position from 2015-2019.

The 38-year-old has had more individual stints as world number one than any other player since the ranking system was introduced in the 70s.

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List of snooker world number ones

No. Nationality Player From To
1  Wales Ray Reardon 3 May 1975 20 April 1981
2  Canada Cliff Thorburn 21 April 1981 16 May 1982
 Wales Ray Reardon (2) 17 May 1982 2 May 1983
3  England Steve Davis 3 May 1983 29 April 1990
4  Scotland Stephen Hendry 30 April 1990 4 May 1998
5  Scotland John Higgins 5 May 1998 1 May 2000
6  Wales Mark Williams 2 May 2000 6 May 2002
7  England Ronnie O’Sullivan 7 May 2002 5 May 2003
 Wales Mark Williams (2) 6 May 2003 3 May 2004
 England Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) 4 May 2004 1 May 2006
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (2) 2 May 2006 7 May 2007
 Scotland John Higgins (2) 8 May 2007 5 May 2008
 England Ronnie O’Sullivan (3) 6 May 2008 3 May 2010
 Scotland John Higgins (3) 4 May 2010 2 May 2011
8  Australia Neil Robertson 27 September 2010 12 December 2010
 Scotland John Higgins (4) 13 December 2010 2 May 2011
 Wales Mark Williams (3) 3 May 2011 11 September 2011
9  England Mark Selby 12 September 2011 4 November 2012
10  England Judd Trump 5 November 2012 9 December 2012
 England Mark Selby (2) 10 December 2012 17 February 2013
 England Judd Trump (2) 18 February 2013 31 March 2013
 England Mark Selby (3) 1 April 2013 9 June 2013
 Australia Neil Robertson (2) 10 June 2013 5 May 2014
 England Mark Selby (4) 6 May 2014 6 July 2014
 Australia Neil Robertson (3) 7 July 2014 10 August 2014
 England Mark Selby (5) 11 August 2014 7 December 2014
11  China Ding Junhui 8 December 2014 14 December 2014
 Australia Neil Robertson (4) 15 December 2014 24 January 2015
 China Ding Junhui (2) 25 January 2015 8 February 2015
 England Mark Selby (6) 9 February 2015 24 March 2019
 England Ronnie O’Sullivan (4) 25 March 2019 11 August 2019
 England Judd Trump (3) 12 August 2019 20 August 2021

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