Jimmy White faces his nemesis Stephen Hendry in a mouth-watering World Championship qualifying clash, and a live stream is available to watch exclusively online.
A fairy-tale encounter sees the legendary duo face off in a competitive main tour match for the first time in over a decade as they set out on the road to The Crucible.
Hendry and White have contested some of the sport’s most memorable matches, the majority of which coming the 90s – when they locked horns in four World Championship finals.
Hendry famously came out on top on all four of those occasions during his relentless dominance of that decade, leaving White to ponder what could have been.
Now, the veteran duo, both in their fifties, have incredibly been drawn together in the first qualifying round of the sport’s show-piece in a fixture which has captured the imagination of the sporting world.
Hendry is making his return to the sport’s most prestigious tournament for the first time since 2012, having come out of retirement this season.
He has played just one competitive match this term, losing 4-1 to Matthew Selt in the recent Gibraltar Open, but making his 776th career century in the process.
The seven-time World Champion has remained active on the seniors circuit in recent years and reached the Semi-Finals of the World Seniors Championship at The Crucible last August – where he was beaten by none other than White – who went on to win the title.
His last win over ‘The Whirlwind’ in a professional match came in the Last 32 of the 2010 UK Championship, and the Scot starts out as the outsider of the two to kick-start his quest for a remarkable Crucible return.
At 58, White is the oldest player on the professional circuit and is bidding to reach the main stages of the World Championship for the first time since 2006, having lost in six previous finals.
However, he comes into the qualifiers as world number 83 and with his professional future in doubt, needing a string of wins to retain his Tour Card, or be left relying on WST Chairman Barry Hearn to award another wildcard.
White’s best run this season saw him reach the Last 16 of the Gibraltar Open last month, notably defeating 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham along the way.
Back-to-back World Seniors Champion, White came closest to a fully-fledged Crucible return in 2013 when he reached the final qualifying round before losing out to Robert Milkins.
His two World Championship triumphs over Hendry came in 1988 and 1998, but arguably their most memorable meeting in 1994 saw White squander his best chance to capture the world title, missing a black off the spot in the deciding frame of the final, allowing Hendry to clear and snatch victory.
Their latest unmissable rematch gets under way from 7.30pm BST on Monday April 5 and will be contested over the best of 11 frames.
The match will be available to watch exclusively live on desktop, mobile or tablet devices in the UK and various other regions worldwide.
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