Jimmy White’s career is not over just yet (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)Jimmy White’s epic stint on snooker’s main tour may not be over just yet, with Barry Hearn leaving the door open for the six-time world finalist.
The ‘Whirlwind’ suffered a 10-4 defeat to Ali Carter in the second round of World Championship qualifying and that saw him drop off the tour after a 39-year stay, having turned professional in 1980.
If White wants to remain on the main tour he must either go through the notoriously difficult Q School competition, or hope from a wildcard from World Snooker, something that he might just receive.
Another veteran of the game, Mike Dunn, who went pro in 1991 took to Twitter to call upon World Snooker chairman Hearn to keep White’s career alive.
Dunn tweeted: ‘I want to start this off,@jimmywhite147 is now off the tour and he still gives so much thrilling entertainment and commitment to the game packing venues,so please share and re-tweet this for Jimmy to be given another 2 year tour wildcard ! Because I’m fully behind him.’
— Barry Hearn (@BarryHearn) April 15, 2019
Hearn replied to Dunn’s plea for consideration by simply tweeting: ‘Of course.’
It is yet to be seen whether this wildcard will materialise, and if it doesn’t, whether White will have a crack at Q School to win his place back on tour (the entry date has passed, but an exception could be made for White).
There is precedence for an invitational tour card, with James Wattana currently competing with one.
It may be that the 56-year-old retires gracefully from the main tour and takes up residence on the World Senior’s Tour having achieved notable success in that competition this season.
The Tooting native has won the Seniors Irish Masters and Seniors 6-Red World Championship since the turn of the year and the World Championship rolls around this August, to be hosted at the Crucible.
It may be more appealing for White to stick to the Senior’s Tour and his punditry commitments with Eurosport rather than the slog of the main tour.
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