Home » Stephen Hendry to face ex-wife’s nephew in World Championship qualifying after being accused of ‘snub’

STEPHEN HENDRY will face his former nephew by marriage as he attempts a return to the Crucible in the pro ranks.

The seven-time world snooker champion – who has won only ONE frame in three matches this season – plays James Cahill in the first of four rounds of World Championship qualifying.

Stephen Hendry will face his ex-wife's nephew in qualification for the World Championship


Stephen Hendry will face his ex-wife’s nephew in qualification for the World Championship
James Cahill beat Ronnie O'Sullivan in the 2019 Worlds and will now go up against his aunt's ex-husband


James Cahill beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the 2019 Worlds and will now go up against his aunt’s ex-husbandCredit: Rex
Stephen Hendry split with his ex-wife, Mandy, after 19 years together in 2014


Stephen Hendry split with his ex-wife, Mandy, after 19 years together in 2014Credit: PA:Press Association

Discounting his displays at senior level, his last appearance at the mecca of top-level snooker was a quarterfinal run in 2012.

Scottish cueist Hendry, 54, was married for 19 years to Cahill’s auntie Mandy – the mother of his two children – until 2014 when he left her for a younger woman and they went through a messy divorce.

Cahill – who famously knocked out Ronnie O’Sullivan from the 2019 Worlds – has previously said Hendry “didn’t seem interested” in helping him on the baize while growing up.

Speaking after yesterday’s draw, Blackpool star Cahill, 27, said: “He didn’t have anything to do with my coaching.

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“I did have a few practice sessions with him when I was maybe 14 or 15. I’m glad he is not as good as he used to be!

“But that’s joking – seriously, he can clearly still play and knows all the shots. I’ll have to play very well to beat him.

“I’m never bothered who I play, it’s how I play. I have shown that I can beat top players. I am confident in any game if I am playing well.”

Irishman Ken Doherty, the 1997 world champion, has been drawn against 12-time women’s world champion Reanne Evans in next month’s qualifying event in Sheffield.


Jimmy White, 60, will take on the winner of Hong Kong’s Marco Fu or Englishman Martin O’Donnell in the second stage of qualifying.

The Whirlwind – who recently beat world No.5 Judd Trump – last played in the main draw of the Crucible in 2006.

Three 16-year-olds – England’s Stan Moody, Wales’ Liam Davies and Bulcsu Revesz from Hungary – will try to make it through the 32-player first round.

The 17-day snooker world championship will begin on Saturday April 15.

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