John Higgins wants to clear up a few issues on players' contracts
The four-time world champion set up a clash with Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen with a 10-6 win over Martin Gould at the Betfred World Championship.
Scot Higgins, 41, is looking for a first Crucible success in six years – and expressed some sympathy for Ronnie O’Sullivan who insists he is persecuted by disciplinary chiefs.
Higgins said: “The players’ contract – there are a few things in there that lawyers would laugh at.
“Maybe it is time we as players stood together united and the top 16 or the top 32 sat down in a room.
Higgins added that Barry Hearn has done a great job with snooker in general
“We could say ‘We don’t like points 5, 6 and 7’ but overall Barry Hearn has done a great job.
“Ronnie carries a lot on his shoulders, him and Ding over in China. It is always about Ronnie here, I have been coming for 23 years or whatever it is!
“When I was younger it got my goat a bit, but not for a long time now. As you get older you realise what he brings to the sport, and I am happy I played in his era against him.
“You do think of a fifth world title – having said that, I used to dream a lot of winning the world title and I haven’t had any of those lately.
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“Mark Allen is a great player, and we have had some really good matches in recent years, with both having wins over the other.”
Ding Junhui, last year’s runner-up, came through his first ‘Great War of China’ of the tournament against teenager Zhou Yuelong – winning 10-5.
He said: “It is a good start, and hopefully I can have another good run at the Crucible.”