No true snooker fan would take any pleasure from the current plight of Stephen Hendry.
He is the game's greatest ever player but the glory days seem a lifetime ago. His 5-3 defeat to Martin Gould in the Welsh Open tonight means his top 16 place is now under threat with two tournaments to go this season.
It's not nice to witness but this has happened to all of snooker's great names and it will happen again, to John Higgins, even to Ronnie O'Sullivan.
The question now is whether Hendry can stave off relegation from the elite group this season.
If he can't, will he carry on in the qualifiers?
My view is that he would, at least for a season.
But as Ken Doherty will testify, the Pontin's set up is alien territory to players who have spent most of their careers playing on television and a place where reputations don't count for anything.
Make no mistake: this is a career crossroads for the seven times world champion.
Most snooker watchers will hope he turns it round but that is certainly not guaranteed to happen.