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Wild card Jimmy exits first round

January 10, 2010

Crowd pleaser: A packed Wembley Arena sounded their apprecaition for Jimmy despite his 6-2 deafeat to Mark King

Jimmy White has crashed out of the Masters in the first round. The “Whirlwind,” who was handed a wildcard into the competition by newly appointed Snooker Association chairman, Barry Hearn, lost 6-2 to Mark King. Despite White’s recent dramatic fall down the rankings, a packed Wembley Arena witnessed the 46-year-old in action. The Londoner struggled to compete with 16th seed, Mark King and on a number of occasions was left red-faced after misjudging the pace of the table. White’s tenacity at the table was admirable but King’s class shone as the “Romford Battler” took the final frame to set up a second round match tomorrow against world number 2, Stephen Maguire. Barry Hearn’s decision to invite the six-time World Championship finalist was a justified one. The snooker legend has been a major drawer throughout his career and last night was further evidence that Jimmy’s presence in the major tournaments can only be good for the game.  

World number 1, Ronnie O’Sullivan has hailed Hearn’s appointment claiming he is the “Ronaldinho” of promoters. Hearn, a former boxing promoter who has also had a stint as chairman of Leyton Orient, currently chairs the Professional Darts Corporation. Reigning Master’s champion, O’Sullivan is excited with the appointment: “I was at the dart’s and watching the operational side of it and the production involved is good,” he said. Now Hearn has set his sights on rivaling BBC’s snooker coverage with Sky Sport’s broadcast of the darts and Premier League Snooker.  

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