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Archive - 2008 - Ali Carter's dream 147
Ali Carter has threatened to retire from snooker at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old former world number two was knocked out of the UK Championship by Mark Allen in the second round and last won a rankings tournament at the Shanghai Masters in 2010.
: "I'm going to retire at the end of the season! And I can't wait!
"I'm dead serious, life is to short to do something you don't enjoy, 25 years is enough! Pastures new...."
Carter - who was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2003 - is also a commercial pilot.
Ali Carter's career
1996: Turns professional
1999: Wins young player of the year award
2006: Moves into top 16 in the world
2008: Loses World Championship final to Ronnie O'Sullivan after making 147 break
He reached the
World Championship final
in 2008 but lost 18-8 to Ronnie O Sullivan, who also threatened to
quit the sport
this week after losing to Judd Trump.
Current world number eight Carter returned to Twitter to admit that he is giving his future in the game some serious thought.
He said: "Thanks for all your messages. Maybe I should have kept my thoughts to myself!
"They were obviously in the heat of the moment but I also genuinely have some serious thinking to do about my future at the end of this season and what direction I want to head."