Mark Selby opens up on his snooker future and retirement plans

Three-times world champion Mark Selby says he has used the coronavirus lockdown to assess his snooker career and consider his plans after retirement.

The former world number one revealed in an interview with Sky Sports he wanted to win at least one more of snooker’s Triple Crown tournaments before packing up his cue.

Selby will be looking to win his fourth World Championship crown this summer when the World Championship will be held at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre starting at the end of July.

In a golden period for Selby, the Leicester star dominated the 2010s era winning three World Championships in four years between 2014 and 2018 and was world number one for at least the majority of that time.

Later this week, Selby will resume his preparation for Crucible glory by taking part in the Championship League event at Milton Keynes.

The 36-year-old said: “In a way it has been quite nice being at home and spending more time with the family because we are on the road quite a lot.

Mark Selby. Picture by Monique Limbos

“But also at the same time to look back at your career and want you want to do going forward.

“I’m still enjoying it (playing) as much as ever, so while I am enjoying it and still competing at the top level my aim would be to try and win one of them three majors again either Worlds, UK or Masters.

“And then when it does come to the end of my career, which hopefully won’t be too soon, I’d like to be involved in snooker in some degree whether its commentary or studio work to give something back.

“I still think I’ve got another eight to ten years (playing) as long as I stay healthy.”

Selby also spoke about the prospect of playing this year’s World Championship with no fans watching.

Snooker bosses have scheduled the postponed tournament between July 31 and August 16 – but it is not yet known whether fans with tickets will be allowed to watch the action inside the Crucible Theatre.

Selby added: “When you talk about the World Championship going to the Crucible and playing there with no crowd, I’ve never experienced that with all the years I’ve qualified. That will be different.”

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