HE MAY have produced moments of brilliance during a spell of complete dominance back in the 1980’s but snooker legend Steve Davis has warned he may be slightly off the pace when he returns to the baize for the Champion of Champions event in Coventry next month.
Davis, or ‘the Nuggett’ as he is more commonly known to his large legion of fans, won six World Championship titles during a hugely successful 36-year career on the professional circuit.
Now the 57-year-old is semi-retired and has played only played a handful of matches in recent months.
But after World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn announced that the sport’s legends will get invites to certain events, Davies has been given the chance to chalk his cue again at the Champion of Champions event.
He qualifies after winning the World Seniors Championship in Portsmouth last season and although he will come up against the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson, Davis is still hoping to give his loyal fans something to cheer about at the Ricoh Arena next month.
“I played in the first couple of European Tour events but didn’t do very well.” said Davis.
“I have played in a few exhibitions since then but otherwise the cue has been in the case.
“I will be practising in the build-up to Coventry and hopefully building up to some sort of functional level
“I won’t expect much through. At least I’ll be fresh, even if I’m rubbish.”
Davis has revealed his motivation to get back playing regularly after a relaxing summer break.
He added: “These days, competing through the summer is part of a player’s life, they are almost picking their cues up as soon as the World Championship has finished.
“In the 1980s and 90s you would have two or three months off to recharge your batteries, but it’s not like that anymore.
“Now we’re into the winter there is more motivation for me, and I’ll be playing more in the second half of the season.
“As long as I get invites, I’m probably going to play in the UK Championship, the German Masters, the Welsh Open and the World Championship.
“Of course I will still take pride in my performance and if every now and again I can play well and win a match, it will feel great to be involved in a tournament. But I won’t lose any sleep if I play badly.”