Steve Davis has revealed that he wishes he was starting his career again as a young snooker player.

Davis is now playing his 36th season on the professional circuit and will turn 56 in August.

The 'Nugget' admits that, although he's still excited about the new season, he's jealous of the young players starting out.

"I'm excited about the new season and I would love to be a young player starting out on the tour," Davis told World Snooker. "It's the first time in recent years I have felt like that. At my age I am just enjoying the challenge of trying to keep my place on the tour and I know I am not going to play a leading role in many of the tournaments. 

"I don't feel nostalgic about my younger days because it was so long ago I can hardly remember. I just think that the young players now have an incredible chance to travel the world, play snooker and become famous.

"It's interesting to watch them and see how the deal with it, how they cope with winning and losing."

The 55-year old has also revealed an ongoing ambition: to keep his world ranking lower than his age. Currently sitting at 51st on the list, Davis is currently achieving his aim.

Davis beat James Cahill last week 5-2 in the Wuxi Classic qualifiers and is looking towards the upcoming trip to Sofia to compete for the Victoria Bulgarian Open. The six-time world champion visited Sofia last year and is excited at returning.

"Sometimes when you go to snooker tournaments you don't get much of a chance to look around the city, but last year in Sofia I had a walk around and it really is a beautiful and very interesting place," he added.

"The fans were obviously very passionate about snooker and the atmosphere inside the arena was fantastic. When we go to new countries there is a often a sense that the people are genuinely pleased to see the top players. The fans come from a long way to see live snooker and meet the players and for us that is very rewarding."

The world of professional snooker has changed dramatically since Davis started playing in 1978. There is more interest and much more money involved. Davis feels that the future of the sport is promising.

"The whole snooker tour now is growing, we have a full calendar and a total of £8m in prize money which is more than double what it was a few years ago," he continued. "There are many more countries who want to stage tournaments which means that the future is very bright."

Davis' current career winnings stand at just over £5.5m but this would be significantly higher if the London-born player was starting now. After winning 28 ranking events in total, Davis is only second to Stephen Hendry.


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