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The fabulous Tempodrom in Berlin will host many of snooker's top stars this week

The fabulous Tempodrom in Berlin will host many of snooker’s top stars this week

Jimmy White says his game has come on ‘leaps and bounds’ as he looks ahead to playing in the final stages of the F66.com German Masters this week.

Last season saw snooker legend White at a low ebb as he won just one match in 11 ranking events. But the 2016/17 campaign has seen a dramatic improvement for the 54-year-old as he has won 11 out of 21 matches and given himself hope of keeping his place on the professional tour for next season.

The Londoner beat Zhou Yuelong and Joe Perry to reach the last 32 of the German Masters and he’ll face Robin Hull at the iconic Tempodrom arena in Berlin on Wednesday.

White even has an outside chance of getting into the top 32 on this season’s one-year ranking list which would give him a place in next week’s Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston, though to achieve that he would have to go all the way to the £60,000 top prize in Berlin.

Jimmy White“I’m happy with my form and confident that I can keep getting results,” said ten-time ranking event winner White. “When I look back on last year, my game was in bad shape and I was four stone heavier. I have lost a lot of weight and my snooker has come on leaps and bounds since then.

“Last year in Germany, I started working for Eurosport as a pundit. I wasn’t sure at first how I would do, but I have really enjoyed it. It has been great to be involved in tournaments on that side. And this time I’ll be there as a player as well.

“My main goal for the season is to qualify for the final stages of the World Championship in April. I want to keep my tour place of course but as long as I qualify for the Crucible I should achieve that as well.”

Among the other stars contesting the title in Berlin will be Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson and Mark Selby. Watch the tournament live on the Eurosport Player – for details click here.

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