Legend Davis is opening foe

Steve Davis will attempt to defy the advancing years when he faces Ricky Walden in the first round of the UK Championship in York this month.

Six-time UK champion Davis saw his 36-year stint on the professional tour come to an end last season, but the 57-year-old is still able to enter certain events thanks to special invites to legendary players.

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