Dott doubt over Hearn shake-up plan

GRAEME DOTT is waiting for the full extent of Barry Hearn's proposed snooker shake-up to be revealed.

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But the man from Larkhall says he would rather the current rankings structure was left alone.

From June, all 128 pros will have to start in round one in eight major tournaments, as opposed to the top 16 ranked players automatically qualifying for the last 32.

Although agreeing in principle, Dott saw nothing wrong with starting in round one, but he admitted snooker may not contain enough money to satisfy player needs.

With the ranking system currently fair in his eyes, Dott sees no advantage those ranked outside the world's top 64 can gain.

He said: "It is hard to comment until we know the extent of the changes. But there could be some issues.

"To play the same way as they do in tennis, with everyone beginning in round one, is fine, but the money isn't there in snooker like in tennis.

"I would keep it the way it is. It is pretty fair and winning matches justifies your ranking.

"The new system does not help anybody. For lower-ranked players, they are faced with a potentially harder first round."

Dott agreed he is starting to feel more confident about his game, having reached his first Masters semi-final, losing to eventual winner Mark Selby 6-5.

Although disappointed not to win the event, the world No.12 has set his sights on improving his ranking ahead of the World Championships in April.

He said: "It was great not just to get to the semi-finals but to cue better. I hope I can just keep that going on."

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