You'll recall a thoroughly fed up Scott MacKenzie announced his intention to retire from professional snooker if he failed to reach the Crucible - which he did.
However, it's not all doom and gloom down in the lower ranks.
One player who seems to be feeling positive about his career is Leicester's Andy Lee, who is interviewed in the Hinckley Times newspaper.
That said, I think Andy's ambitions may be harder to realise than he thinks.
By my reckoning, his defeat in the world qualifiers has relegated him from the circuit.