Mark Selby reveals mental health issues after Masters exit

Mark Selby is currently struggling with a mental health issue (Picture: Getty Images)

Mark Selby has revealed he has mental health issues and will seek help to improve the situation following his exit from the Masters on Friday night.

The world champion and world number one was beaten 6-1 by Barry Hawkins in the quarter-final at Alexandra Palace on Friday, a performance he called “garbage” and certainly well below par for a player of its quality.

He has since revealed he was suffering mentally and admits he put a ‘brave face’ on it this week at London.

It wasn’t necessary, but Selby apologized to his friends and family for “letting them down” in the game against Hawkins, but they all hope he can recover as soon as possible.

Selby tweeted: ‘I just want to apologize to all my friends and family for letting them down. Mentally not in the right place at the moment, I had a relapse and trying to contain it and look good is not the answer. I promise to get help and become a better #mentalhealth person.’

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson responded, offering his support for the world number one and any other players who need it.

“The WPBSA is not just a governing body, it is a membership association which includes a player support body for World Snooker Tour players,” Ferguson said.

“We are always sorry to hear if any of our players are going through a difficult time, support is there for Mark and any other members playing on the WST.”

Selby had tweeted after last night’s game and, although disappointed, was contemplating his return to the table and wished his good friend Hawkins all the best for the rest of the event.

“Well, I don’t think I could play that badly if I tried too!!!!” Selby tweeted. “Good luck to Barry, I hope he wins it!” Shootout here we come.’

Selby has previously opened up about her mental health struggles, saying she dealt with depression during last year’s master’s degree.

“It’s tough,” he said. “When people are going through depression it’s very difficult and times like this don’t make it any easier because you’re locked up at home and you have so much time to think about things.

“When I was going through it – and even now I’m still on medication to this day – I went to professionals and they told me to do things you enjoy and try to keep your mind active. But it’s hard when you go through times like this because the things you love, you can’t do.

“The only thing you can do is talk to the professionals. Talk to your family and call for help and ask them to help you too.

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