Jimmy White has been given an invitational card for the next two seasons on the World Snooker Tour.

White, 58, was first awarded the invitational card in 2017 and has had it extended "due to his outstanding contribution to the sport", the WST said in a statement on its official website.

The Londoner was beaten by Stephen Hendry in the first qualifying round of the Betfred World Championship earlier this week.

White is a six-time Crucible runner-up and has won 10 ranking titles, as well as the Masters.

WST chairman Barry Hearn and World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Jason Ferguson said in a joint statement: "Jimmy is one of snooker's one-time greats, not only in terms of his achievements on the table, but also in his massive worldwide popularity.

"He has done so much to promote snooker through his playing style and charisma. He remains a great asset to our sport and we had no hesitation in offering him a tour card for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons."

White said: "I would like to thank Barry and Jason, I am very grateful for this opportunity and I'm looking forward to a new start next season."

There will be four invitational tour card holders during the 2021-22 season, with Ken Doherty, world champion in 1997, joining White, seven-time Crucible king Stephen Hendry and two-time semi-finalist Marco Fu.