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'I'd have a joke with the cameraman': Snooker legend Dennis Taylor on playing in an empty arena and Mark Allen's chances of Masters success

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Fond memories: Dennis Taylor beat fellow Northern Ireland legend Alex Higgins in the final of The Masters in 1987

Fond memories: Dennis Taylor beat fellow Northern Ireland legend Alex Higgins in the final of The Masters in 1987

Fond memories: Dennis Taylor beat fellow Northern Ireland legend Alex Higgins in the final of The Masters in 1987

Snooker's greatest showman Dennis Taylor has admitted he would have struggled to thrive in an empty arena - "I'd have ended up having a joke with the cameraman," quipped the Northern Ireland sporting legend.

As The Masters, one of the sport's most prestigious events, gets set for behind-closed-doors action at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes from this weekend after being switched from Alexandra Palace, 1985 world champion Taylor - who will be working as a pundit for the BBC at the tournament, which he won in a 9-8 thriller against fellow Ulster great and two-time Masters champion Alex Higgins back in 1987 - said it is vital that snooker and other sports keep on going as they bring an element of normality in uncertain times.

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On horizon: Ronnie O’Sullivan could face Mark Allen in the quarter-finals

On horizon: Ronnie O’Sullivan could face Mark Allen in the quarter-finals

On horizon: Ronnie O’Sullivan could face Mark Allen in the quarter-finals


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