Players including Judd Trump, Joe Perry and Ali Carter have paid tribute to former World Champion Peter Ebdon who announced his retirement today.
Former World Champion Ebdon has put his cue away for good due to the effects of a chronic neck injury.
WST Chairman Barry Hearn tweeted Ebdon to say: “Heard the news of your retirement and I just wanted to say thank you for your services to snooker and congratulate you on a wonderful professional career. Good luck for the future.”
Players to post messages included:
Judd Trump: “Happy retirement to Peter, what a fantastic career. Also learned a lot from playing him in my early career and he loved to take on some crazy shots at times which I have a lot of respect for.”
Joe Perry: “Sad to hear that one of the greats has called time on his fantastic career. His determination, temperament and unique skill was always great to watch.”
Ali Carter: “Gutted that my good friend Peter has been forced to retire through injury. What a man – what a player and what a career. Always the ultimate professional. I’m rooting for him in life – Good luck.”
Alife Burden: “I can count on one hand of people who I’ve got more respect for in snooker than Peter, an absolute class act on and off the table and what an unbelievable player at his best. Not many had more bottle than Ebbo.”
Michael Georgiou: “Wishing Peter a happy retirement. Premature in my eyes but he has had a career in snooker that anyone would dream of.”
David Grace: “Happy retirement Peter Ebdon, wore his heart on his sleeve and gave 100% every time he got his cue out!”
Ian Burns: “All the best for the future, Peter, absolute pleasure to have done battle with you on the baize. Fantastic guy, fantastic player.”
Matthew Selt: “Very sad day for snooker! All the best Peter you are a phenomenal player and an even better guy!! Good luck with your new future.”
Reanne Evans: “Brill career, hats off. Wish you all the best, enjoy life going forward take care Peter #respect.”