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Davis facing snooker dilemma

PUBLISHED: 12:29 23 October 2012

Former world champion Steve Davis and Alfie Best, chairman of Havering-based Wyldecrest Parks

Former world champion Steve Davis and Alfie Best, chairman of Havering-based Wyldecrest Parks

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Former world champion could play against son

Romford’s snooker legend Steve Davis admits he dreads coming up against his own son Greg, who is plying his trade in the qualifying tournaments and trying to turn professional.

Davis, who is still ranked 50 in the world, revealed his nightmare scenario as he practiced for this weekend’s World Seniors Championship in Portsmouth, sponsored by Havering’s Wyldecrest Parks, which includes all-star players like Jimmy White, Cliff Thorburn and Dennis Taylor.

He said: “There is the possibility that we could draw each other which would be horrendous, because “ A” I wouldn’t want to pot the balls and “B” I’m not too sure he would want to beat his Dad, so it would be a stalemate.

“To be honest I think I would have to withdraw, I wouldn’t want to play my son in a match unless he said he wanted to play.”

Former world champion Davis, 55, said he was looking forward to playing in the World Seniors but is letting Greg, 21, find his own feet in the game so he could be his own man.

”Because I know how tough the game is, I’ve tried to be neither encouraging nor discouraging to my son, but still supportive,” he added.

“The last thing he wants me to be is on his case about what shots he plays and how he approaches things, he has got to be his own person.

“In a way I know too much for my own good to be the encouraging parent. If I was a blindly going in as a father, who didn’t know the game I’d be gushing.

“However, because I know how hard the game is and i know effectively the percentage chances of a player becoming professional this is a suck it and see.

“From his perspective I think this is a better way. He is his own person playing the game, rather than me sitting in the crowds watching every match and taking him to practice sessions.

“He has his own coach and needs to make his own way in the game regardless of me. Then any success he has will be off of his own back.“

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