John Parrott has withdrawn from next week’s China Open, citing a back problem.
He will start next season outside the top 48 and therefore having to win three matches to qualify for the final stages of however many ranking events are staged (six looks the likely figure). He will also receive no prize money unless he wins at least one match in each event.
The question is, how much longer is Parrott going to continue?
Once a player starts sliding down the rankings, it doesn’t get much fun. The difference for John is that he doesn’t need to carry on.
He has his BBC work, after dinner speaking and other commitments and any back problem is likely to get worse as he gets older.
I get the feeling retirement won’t be far away. Maybe he’ll give it another season but I doubt he’ll continue much beyond that.
If he does put his cue away for good, he can do so as one of the all time greats.
To have won the world title at a time where Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and Steve Davis were all playing top drawer snooker was a considerable achievement.