Ali Carter’s battle with Crohn’s diease may force retirement

Updated: January 12, 2012

Ali Carter has said he is considering retiring from the sport after the World Snooker Championship.

The former world number two and current world number 11 last won a ranking tournament at the Shanghai Masters in September 2010.

The 32-year-old says his lack of form and battle with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel condition, means that it is hard to stay motivated.

“Snooker is part of my life, but it’s a part of my life I’m not enjoying any more,” Carter told BBC Sport.

“You know, 15 years ago all I wanted to be was a snooker player and now 15 years later all I want to be is not a snooker player”.

He added “I’m not really enjoying being a snooker player at the moment at all. That’s for many different reasons but I’ll wait and see how things are at the end of the season for me.”

Carter was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2003, a condition with symptoms similar to ulcerative colitis, which prompted Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher to announce an indefinite break from football in December.

“My health is a big issue with my Crohn’s disease and all the travelling and going abroad all the time makes it even more difficult to control,” added Carter.

“But I’m in a fortunate position where I’ve achieved and won a few tournaments so I’ll wait and see what my options are.”

The former Welsh Open winner exited the first two ranking events of 2011, the Australian Open and the Shanghai Masters, in the first round.

At the 2011 UK Championships, he beat Robert Milkins, but then lost 6-2 to Mark Allen in the last 16 – prompting Carter to threaten to retire on Twitter stating: “I’m going to retire at the end of the season! And I can’t wait!”

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