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Mark Selby reveals he is struggling with mental health

Mark Selby
Mark Selby Image credit: eurosport.co.uk

Snooker player Mark Selby has said he will seek professional support for his mental health after he was knocked out of the Masters quarter-finals on Friday.

He called his play ‘rubbish’ after losing to Barry Hawkins who beat the world champion 6-1.

Following his defeat Selby has admitted he has been suffering mental health conditions and put on a ‘brave face’ during the competition being held at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The pro made a public apology on social media for his lack of commitment to the game because of his mental health.

He tweeted: ‘Just want to apologise to all my friends and family for letting them down. Mentally not in a good place at moment, had a relapse and trying to bottle it up and put a brave face on is not the way. I promise I will get help and become a better person #mentalhealth.’

In response the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association [WPBSA] chairman Jason Ferguson reached out to Selby saying: ‘The WPBSA is not just a governing body, it is a members association which includes a players support body for players on the World Snooker Tour.

‘We are always sorry to hear if any of our players are going through difficult times, support is there for Mark and any other playing member on the WST.’

Selby also sent his best wishes to Hawkins after the game tweeting: ‘Well I don’t think I could play that bad if I tried too!!!!

‘Good luck to Barry I so hope he wins it! Shootout here we come.’

The player was struggling with his mental health at last year’s Masters.

In a past interview he said: ‘It is tough. When people are going through depression it’s very tough and times like this don’t make it any easier because you’re locked in your house and you have so much time to think about stuff.

‘When I was going through it – and even now I’m still on the medication to this day – I went to see the professional people and they were telling me to do things that you enjoy and you try to keep your mind active. But it’s difficult when you go through times like this because the things you do enjoy you cannot go and do.

‘The only thing you can do is speak to the professional people. Speak to your family and cry for help and get them to help you as well.’

Mark Selby’s nickname, "The Jester from Leicester”, was given to him by snooker compere Richard Beare because Selby liked to have "a laugh and a joke"