I suffer from depression

Michael White

Michael White won his first professional title at the Shoot-Out in Blackpool in 2015

Wales’ Michael White has revealed he suffers from depression following his first round exit at the World Snooker Championship.

White, ranked 15th in the world, lost 10-7 to Sam Baird at the Crucible.

The 24-year-old, who has won one ranking tournament, admitted he could not focus against the qualifier and world number 59.

“I do suffer a bit with depression and stress can bring it on and make it feel worse,” White told BBC Wales Sport.

“The honest truth is I couldn’t focus out there at all and I don’t really know where to turn at the moment with my game.

“I’ve got to get my mental state right first before I can go anywhere.”

Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has tipped Neath-born White as a future title winner.

White was the youngest ever player to make a competitive century at the age of nine and was world amateur champion by the age of 14.

He won his first world ranking title at the 2015 Indian Open in Mumbai with victory over Ricky Walden.

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