Stephen Hendry is one of the most successful players in the modern era of snooker, won the World Championship a record seven times.
Hendry does not believe the very top of the game has changed since his retirement.
“The standard generally is very high, but it’s down the rankings where it shows to me more than anywhere else,” said Hendry. “When you go from ten to 30 or 40 in the rankings, that’s where it’s gone up a hell of a lot.”
The biggest shock of the Sheffield tournament by far came in the first round when world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan was beaten by the only amateur ever to make it to the Crucible, James Cahill.
“It’s the worst feeling in the world,” said the King of the Crucible. “To lose in the first round at Sheffield and then have to go home, because it’s such a long tournament and it’s hard to avoid it, it’s on the TV all day every day, and if I lost I didn’t want to be anywhere near snooker.”