John Parrott has achieved more than most snooker players can dream of.
A world champion, UK champion, winner of nine ranking events and for 14 years a member of the elite top 16: he's undoubtedly one of the sport's all time greats.
These days, at 42 and outside the top 32 in the world rankings, he's fully aware that he is no longer the force he was.
Pride, though, plays its part in such a successful sporting career and so Parrott was understandably delighted to have secured a 23rd appearance at the Crucible in his 24 years on the circuit after coming from 6-3 down to beat David Gray 10-7 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Monday.
“It’s great to be going back to the Crucible. It’s the home of Snooker and you really miss it if you’re not part of it," he said.
"I was clearing up in the last frame and missed a straight green because in my head I was saying, ‘you’re going back to the Crucible.’ Luckily he didn’t clear up.
“I had to fall over the line in the end. I kept getting chances and not putting them away but that’s because of the prize of being in the draw.
"I'm not going to be world champion again. I'm not like Steve Davis - he's just a freak. What he's doing is unbelievable.
"But's it great to be part of it."