Former world billiard champion Peter Ebdon steps down to avoid spinal surgery

LONDON: ancient world billiard champion Peter Ebdon On Thursday, he said he was withdrawing from the sport to avoid having to endure discouraging spinal surgery.

The 49-year-old, who suffered neck, back, shoulder and arm pain, won the 2002 world title, beating Stephen Hendry in a final 18-17 thriller.

He was also twice runner-up.

I had an MRI about seven weeks ago that detected significant wear on my neck, Ebdon said.

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Two of the vertebrae need to be replaced, which is not an operation I want to perform because if it went wrong I could be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.

It is too risky. The teacher explained that it would not be a cure. It could work, but it could make things worse and you would probably need to have it again in 10 years.