Stephen Hendry has abandoned retirement plans and revealed he will play on next season.
Scotland's seven-time former world champion was giving serious consideration to quitting following his crushing 13-4 defeat to Mark Selby in Sheffield this year.
However Stuart Bingham's defeat to Ding Junhui at the same stage means Bingham could not knock Hendry out of the top 16.
Consequently Hendry will not have to go through qualifying for the early events of next season, which he intends to head into with full commitment.
‘I'm going to play on, staying in the 16 was a big factor in the decision,’ Hendry told BBC2.
‘I'm going to keep playing, I still love playing.
‘If I'm going to play I'm going to have to give it 100%, which means I'm going to have to play in all of the tournaments that I don't like.
‘There's no point doing it half-hearted. I thought I was going to give it up, but I want to carry on.’
Hendry, 42, last won a major ranking tournament in 2005, with his success at the Malta Cup, and has not claimed any of the biggest prizes in the game - the World Championship, Masters or UK Championship - since his Crucible triumph in 1999.