World Snooker 2014: Steve Davis loses to Craig Steadman
World Snooker Championship
- Venue: The Crucible, Sheffield
- Dates: 19 April - 5 May
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, online, connected TVs, mobiles and tablets. Updates on BBC Radio 5 live
Six-time world champion Steve Davis will have to attend qualifying school to retain his place in snooker's elite.
The 56-year-old lost his tour card after a 10-8 defeat by Craig Steadman in the World Championship qualifiers.
Steve Davis: a potted history
Has won 28 tournaments, including six World Championships (1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989) and four UK Championships (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987).
His highest break, a maximum 147, came in the 1982 Lada Classic.
Davis, who says he will compete at Q School in May, had to beat 31-year-old Steadman to remain on the main tour.
Now a BBC Sport commentator, Davis turned professional in 1978 and won his world titles between 1981 and 1989. He last made the quarter-finals in 2010.
Steadman's win over Davis at Ponds Forge in Sheffield moves him into the third qualifying round, two wins away from a place at the nearby Crucible.
Were Davis to decide against going to qualifying school, he could join the Players Tour Championship in 2014-15, which would give him a chance to win his place back on the main tour the following season.