Masters tribute to snooker legend Paul Hunter

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Snooker legend Paul Hunter has been honoured by sporting chiefs on the 10th anniversary of his tragic death.

The Masters trophy - snooker’s third most prestigious tournament - is to be rebranded The Paul Hunter Trophy.

Announcing the decision at a press conference at the Betfred World Championship on Wednesday, World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn paid tribute to “a great, great player”.

Hunter, from Upper Batley, - who won the Masters three times - died in Kirkwood Hospice in 2006, five days before his 28th birthday after losing his battle with cancer.

Hearn said: “This year we acknowledge and remember 10 years since the passing of Paul Hunter, a sad loss for the game, a talent that was mercurial.

“When people talk about ‘where are the personalities?’, Paul Hunter was there in spades.

“It is something that perhaps could be argued that we should have done before, but from this January, the Masters trophy in perpetuity will be renamed the Paul Hunter Trophy in memory of Paul, and I think snooker fans around the world will appreciate that gesture to a great, great player.”