Former World Champion Ken Doherty has been awarded an invitational tour card to keep his place on the professional circuit for at least the next two years.
One of snooker’s great ambassadors, Irishman Doherty has played on the pro tour since 1990, winning six ranking titles including the 1997 World Championship.
Last weekend he reached the final of the World Seniors Championship, losing 5-4 to Jimmy White.
Doherty, age 50, finished the 2019/20 season ranked 68th in the world, narrowly missing out on a top 64 place which would have seen him keep his card automatically.
But WST has now decided to award the Dubliner an invitational card for the second time, having first given him that status in 2017.
WST Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Ken has been a fabulous servant to snooker over the past three decades, as a player, ambassador and television commentator. He is a fantastic asset to the tour and his love of our sport is undiminished. He is also extremely competitive on the pro tour. We are delighted to give him this chance to remain as a World Snooker Tour player for another two years.”