UK Championship: Dominic Dale plans to retire at end of season
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|Venue: York Barbican Dates: 27 November-9 December|
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Two-time ranking event winner Dominic Dale expects to retire at the end of the season after 26 years as a professional.
The 46-year-old Welshman beat Gerard Greene 6-4 to progress into round two of the UK Championship on Tuesday.
But Dale told BBC Wales Sport: "I'm getting to the stage where I'm practising because I have to, not because I want to.
"It's not quite there but it's nearly there."
Dale, who reached a highest ranking of 19th in the world in the 1999-2000 season, added: "I've had such a poor season - I've got it in the back of my mind that I'm pretty firm about retiring at the end of the season.
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"I used to love building myself up for matches and getting ready. I don't seem to enjoy that aspect of it any more.
"If I drop off the Tour at the end of the season, I'm not the sort of guy who's going to play in Q School, because if I do and I qualify for next season through Q School, I would be playing top-16 guys all the time. So no, I wouldn't do it."
Dale said he would love to stay involved in the sport, maybe playing on the Seniors Tour and taking up commentary on a full-time basis.
"I've already told the TV companies that I want to retire," he said. "Let's put it this way, if a full-time commentator's job came my way, if the money was right, I would retire from snooker.
"I seem to get good reports from the guys on Twitter about my commentary. It's something I want to go into. I probably enjoy it more than playing matches now, which is sad to say really."
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