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Last Updated: Monday, 1 September, 2003, 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK
Hendry's cue crisis

Stephen Hendry
Hendry: "The cue looked like a shepherd's crook"
Stephen Hendry was waiting to see if the treasured cue which won him seven world titles can be saved after it was smashed on his way back from the Thailand Open.

The world number two's cue, which was taken immediately to "cue doctor" Lawrie Annandale, was damaged on the way back from Bangkok on board a Thai Airways flight.

Hendry, who has had the cue since he was 14, said: "As soon as we touched down in London they contacted me and said my cue had been damaged.

"They don't do that when it's just a scratch - so right away I feared the worst.

"When I eventually got my cue in Glasgow, the case was held together with tape - and the cue looked like a shepherd's crook!

"The butt-end is broken in two. I just don't know if it can be repaired but it's in the right hands now."

My good friend Mark Williams had his cue bent flying to Ireland earlier this year - and went on and won the world title
Stephen Hendry

The Scot immediately took it to Annandale, who made several alterations to the cue three years ago.

"Lawrie reckons I could have it back by tomorrow at some time but I don't know how it will look or feel.

"My coach Terry Griffiths is also sending his cue up for me to try.

"I've had the cue since I was 14. It cost forty quid then, but I couldn't put a price on it now," he added.

Hendry, the most successful player of all-time, has won almost 8m in prize money alone.

Ever since the 11 September attacks, snooker players have been forced to put their cues in the hold of aircraft while flying.

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