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Stephen Hendry: ‘You have to be very selfish to be and stay the best'

Posted On: 23 Aug 2019   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

I never watched snooker on TV, but two weeks before my 13th birthday I got a toy snooker table for Christmas. My mum had seen it in a shop window and asked what I thought of it as a Christmas present. I had bicycles and footballs, so it was something different. My father's father was a very good player, although he died before I was born. The talent skipped a generation and within a couple of weeks, I was making 50 breaks. Even when I started winning it was still a hobby, I wasn't thinking about a career.
I left school with no qualifications.
I look back now and think, if I hadn't been good at snooker, what would I have done? I left school with no qualifications. Although I wouldn't be bottom of the class at school, I certainly wasn't near the top. My dad had a fruit and vegetable business with three shops, so whether I would have stayed in that business I'm not sure.
When I won the Scottish Amateur snooker title aged 15 , I could choose to play the World Amateur Championship, which I had a good chance of...

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