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Dott to play despite depression WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP
Sat 19 April to Mon 5 May Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
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Former world champion Graeme Dott
Dott has struggled for form over the last few months

Graeme Dott has taken the brave decision to play at snooker's World Championship starting on Saturday despite suffering from depression.

The 2006 champion has lost 15 straight matches and was contemplating pulling out of the sport's showpiece event.

"I had already decided last week to pull out and told my family I would not be going to Sheffield," said Dott.

"But I have changed my mind because I thought it would just be too hard for me not to play."

Dott, the world number 12, plays England's Joe Perry (ranked 14th) in the first round on Tuesday, 22 April.

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Interview: Former world snooker champion Graeme Dott

The 30-year-old Scot is being treated for his depression but says his health is improving.

"I'm certainly a lot better than I was - there has been a massive change, although I am still a long way off from being OK and my form is a long way off from being good."

Dott had to cope with the death of his father-in-law Alex Lambie, who was also his manager, in December 2006.

His wife Elaine suffered a cancer scare in January 2007 while he was playing at the Masters, before she received the all-clear.

see also
Dott's year of fame and pain
19 Apr 07 |  Snooker
Snooker legend Davis to carry on
17 Apr 08 |  Snooker
World Championship draw
14 Apr 08 |  Snooker
Snooker on the BBC
07 Apr 08 |  Snooker
World Championship latest
15 Apr 08 |  Snooker

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