‘Re-born’ White looking ahead to Champion Of Champions in November

Jimmy White defeated Stephen Hendry in the World Seniors semi final.

By Andrew Atkinson

Jimmy White MBE is looking ahead to the Champion Of Champions event in November – having been ‘re-born’ after a decade in the doldrums on the green baize.

“I’m re-born again,” said veteran White, who retained his World Seniors Snooker Championship at The Crucible, when gaining a 5-4 final win against Dubliner Ken Doherty.

With a combined age of 108, White, 58, and Doherty, 50, have potted over £8m during careers spanning four decades.

The Whirlwind Jimmy White who defeated Ken Doherty: Re-born again.

Doherty, who has won over £3m in prizemoney, has been left devastated following defeat against ‘Whirlwind’ White.

“I’m devastated to lose and no words are adequate. Congratulations to Jimmy – he played great – but it’s going to take a while to get over this,” rued Doherty.

“It’s a bit heartbreaking – I wanted that trophy – but that’s snooker,” added Doherty.

Looking ahead to the Champion Of Champions event in November, that will feature current World Snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, White said: “I knew if I found a bit of form in the final of the World Seniors I’d have a chance. I’m playing well in practise – I never gave up.”

White, who defeated Stephen Hendry on the way to retaining his title, said: “After struggling for ten years I’m enjoying it – the World Seniors was a great win.”