Steve Davis does not expect to ever see a woman compete in the final stages of the World Snooker Championship.
The six-time world champion, 56, believes the “obsessive” nature of men for an “absolutely irrelevant” activity gives them an advantage.
“The male of the species has got a single-minded, obsessional type of brain that I don’t think so many females have,” he told BBC World Service’s Sports Hour.
Leading women’s player Reanne Evans agreed that focusing solely on the game, given other priorities and a lack of financial support, is hard.
“I think women find it difficult just to concentrate on snooker,” said the 28-year-old, who has a seven-year-old daughter. “I’ve got my little girl and you’re always thinking about them.