Jimmy White receives new Invitational Tour Card

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Jimmy White has received an inviting tour card for the next two seasons on the World Snooker Tour because of his outstanding contribution to the sport.

The 58-year-old Londoner lost to Stephen Hendry in the first qualifying round of the Betfred World Cup this week.

Despite some impressive results this season, including a run to the final 16 of the BetVictor Gibraltar Open, White would abandon the tour at the end of the season. His invitation card, which was first awarded in 2017, was extended by two years.

White has won ten rankings as well as the Masters and reached the final six times at the Crucible.

In a joint statement, WST chairman Barry Hearn and WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Jimmy is one of the great things about snooker, not only in terms of his performance on the table, but also in terms of his massive worldwide popularity. He has done so much to promote snooker through his style of play and charisma. He remains a great asset to our sport and we had no hesitation in offering him a tour ticket for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons. "

White said, "I'd like to thank Barry and Jason, I'm very grateful for this opportunity and look forward to a new start next season."

In total, there will be four holders of an inviting tour card in the 2021/22 season: White, Marco Fu, Ken Doherty and Stephen Hendry.

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