How to watch Stephen Hendry vs Jimmy White: TV channel, free live stream for snooker clash

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Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White renew their iconic rivalry in World Snooker Championship qualifying this evening. The two go head-to-head in the first round of the qualifiers in what is their first ranking meeting since the UK Championship 2010.

Hendry, 52, is taking part in only his second match back after losing to Matt Selt in the first round of the Gibraltar Open last month.

That was the seven-time Crucible king’s first tour match since 2012 and he has made no secret of the fact he is desperate to play at the World Championship in Sheffield again.

Hendry beat White in four finals between 1990 and 1994 with his 58-year-old opponent one of the greatest never to reign supreme at this event.

The pair are among 128 players competing for just 16 spots in the tournament proper.

To do so, they must navigate four rounds of preliminaries through today until April 14 to join the other 16 players guaranteed their spots, including Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Scottish icon Hendry was left aghast when told he would be facing his old rival by ITV Sport, saying while visibly stunned: “No… stop it! No I can’t believe that. You’re winding me up?! That’s unbelievable.

“That’s unbelievable, unbelievable. All those finals we played and now we’re starting off at rock bottom playing each other in the very first round.

“That’s incredible. We’ve been practising together as well, so that’s ended! Wow.”

Hendry is looking for revenge for losing 4-2 to White at the World Senior Championship back in August, which was also held at the Crucible and was their 61st competitive match-up.

How to watch Hendry vs White

The two icons take to the table at 7.30pm this evening (Monday April 5).

The qualifier will be the best of 11 frames and represents the eighth time the duo have met at the World Championship, having contested four finals.

Eurosport will broadcast the match but unfortunately it will not be shown on live television and only on their website or via their app.

A Eurosport Monthly Pass can be purchased at the cost of £6.99 on the Eurosport website while an annual 12-month pass costs £39.99.

Amazon Prime Video meanwhile offer a free seven-day trial of Eurosport Player. You can find details here.

World Snooker Tour chairman Barry Hearn had been hoping to convince rights owners Eurosport into putting tonight’s match on live TV, but was unsuccessful.

What’ve they said?

Ahead of the match, White declared: “I had two missed calls from Stephen after the draw was made. He was the first person I rang and he said ‘can you believe it?’

“I know how good he is, I’ve had so many battles with him. We’ve been practising together for the last three or four months and the guy’s concentration and self-belief is still there.

“He’s a good guy, a very hard competitor, but I need to win that match, big time.”

While Hendry said: “There is probably more on the match from Jimmy’s side than mine.

“All of the great matches we had in finals, semi-finals, and we are playing probably our last ever match at the World Championship, who knows, and it is rock bottom, round one. It’s incredible.”

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