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Thursday, 7 December, 2000, 14:43 GMT
Hendry backs new tour
Stephen Hendry
Hendry is in support of the proposed new tour
Stephen Hendry has voiced his support for plans for a new World Snooker Tour next season.

The Sportsmasters Network (TSN) plans to initiate a world tour which will feature events in Dubai, Thailand, Malta and China.

Under the plans announced on Wednesday the World Cup will be re-instated and prize money will be increased by 40%.

TSN will carry out their plan without the traditional backing or funding from the tobacco industry.

Time for change

The seven-time former world champion said the game needs a new focus.

"Everyone knows there has to be changes," said Hendry before flying out to play in the China Open.

He added: "The circuit has become jaded because nothing has developed in the last five or six years.

We need this kind of change in direction - if only to bring the game up alongside other sports
  Stephen Hendry
"We need this kind of change in direction - if only to bring the game up alongside other sports which have overtaken snooker in terms of coverage, exposure and sponsorship."

Hendry continued: "The possibilities in this new tour - with new locations, new events and new sponsors - are genuinely exciting.

"I know the majority of players would welcome such innovation, and this commercial approach is badly needed in snooker."

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