Seven-time world snooker champion Stephen Hendry has his sights set on a return to the world championship but says he needs to improve after losing on his comeback

The 52-year-old made his comeback against Matthew Selt on Tuesday night after retiring in 2012 and rolled back the years with a break of the century of 107 in the second frame of the night to end the match

It was the 776 Century of his career, but he lost the next three frames when Selt won the first round of the Gibraltar Open and Hendry performed in his first game at the despite his loss satisfied was the highest level for nine years

Well that was a great moment for me as I ran the King of the Crucible Cant wait to see @ SHendry775 again in future events to see him again

Next up is a return to the Crucible The showpiece of the snooker season is still slated for April, and the Scot must qualify to meet that ambition

“I really felt the nerves when I put on my suit in the hotel room. Then it really hit me, which is a good sign because you can’t perform without nerves,” he said

“But there must be more nerves of excitement and anticipation than nerves of not knowing what’s going to happen, I’ve been pretty happy in general

“My game isn’t good enough to qualify for the World Cup I think there is still a lot to do I have about a month of practice to do better”

Hendry’s twitter handle @ SHendry775 is an acknowledgment of the 775 centuries he made before Tuesday, but the Scot insists it doesn’t need to be updated

“I don’t think I won’t change it until I’m 800. Qualifying for the Crucible is the goal, and making 800 centuries is another goal,” he said

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