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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 08:10 GMT 09:10 UK
Davis brushes off retirement talk
Steve Davis
We didn't have anything to do with each other because you have your own mates
Steve Davis on John Parrott
Snooker veteran Steve Davis says he has made no plans to retire from the sport.

The 48-year-old will face Andy Hicks in the first round at the World Championship having won the first of his six titles in 1981.

"It's not the type of game you have to retire from. Why retire when you're enjoying yourself," he told BBC Sport.

"Just because the older players are around doesn't mean they can't turn a trick or two. The younger players will just have to wait to join the top 16."

Davis will once again be working with fellow veteran John Parrott, 41, for BBC Television's coverage from The Crucible, which starts on Saturday.

Both players said the media work was a welcome break from the tension they felt playing in the event.

"If you win your first match and you have four days to wait for the next match, then the TV work takes your mind off it," said Davis.

"When you've won a match it's nice to relax around the venue and do the TV stuff. You know you're still in the tournament, but get a little bit of comfort being in the environment without the pressure," added Parrott.

The pair have known each other for over 20 years, but admit they were not as close as they are now during their playing days.

"We didn't have anything to do with each other because you have your own mates. I did think he was a nice bloke and good professional," said Davis.

His BBC colleague added: "When you're trying to win tournaments and grab as much prize money as you can, to be friends with a potential opponent is not a good idea.

"If we were playing each other at The Crucible this year, then I wouldn't be talking to him!"




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Q&A: Davis and Parrott
11 Apr 06 |  Snooker


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