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Alan McManus at the 2013 German Masters
|Born||21 January 1971|
|Highest ranking||6 (4 years)|
|43 (as of 9 December 2013)|
|Highest break||143 (World Championship 1994)|
McManus has long been a considered a consistently good player as his record of sixteen consecutive seasons in the Top 16 testifies, but never managed to achieve the success of his contemporaries such as Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty, Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins. He was ranked in the Top 16 from 1990 to 2006, dropping out after an unsuccessful 2005/2006 season. His highest ranking was sixth (in 1993/94 and 1996/97). He has reached twenty-one professional semi-finals, but won only four events. He has reached the semi-finals of the World Championship twice, but has never appeared in a final. Until 2005 he had gone eleven years without reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament, despite consistent achievements in other events. He has also compiled 165 competitive centuries during his career.
The highlight of his career to date was claiming the Masters title at Wembley in 1994, defeating Stephen Hendry 9–8 in the final to end Hendry's unbeaten run in the tournament, which dated back to 1989.
A series of poor results in the 2005–2006 season saw him drop out of the top 16 for the first time since 1991. He reached the semi finals of the 2006 Snooker Grand Prix, losing to Neil Robertson. However, he lost a World Championship qualifier 10–9 to journeyman Joe Delaney.
McManus made a good start to the 2012/2013 Season, beating Tony Drago and Robert Milkins to qualify for the final stages of the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo, there he beat local wildcard James Mifsud 5-0, before exiting the tournament by the same scoreline against Ding Junhui.
At the 2013 Welsh Open, McManus made his first quarter final since the 2006 Grand Prix with a 4-2 win over the number 16 seed Barry Hawkins, followed by superb comeback to beat Joe Perry 4-3, after trailing 0-3. In the quarter-final he lost to compatriot Stephen Maguire by 3 frames to 5. The following tournament, the Haikou World Open saw McManus win 3 matches in qualifying to reach the latter stages of the tournament, he then beat local wildcard Lin Shuai 5-3, before facing compatriot John Higgins, McManus put in a good performances but ultimately lost 5-3, but picking up valuable ranking points in the process.
McManus made a good start to the Players Tour Championship, reaching the quarter-finals of the first event, losing to Andrew Higginson by 4 frames to 3. He carried this good form to the PTC event 2, once again reaching the quarter-finals before losing to 4-1 to eventual runner up Stephen Maguire. However, he only managed four last 32 results from the rest of the events. This led to him being ranked 31st in the Order of Merit, just missing out on the top 28 players that qualified for the finals
At the 2013 World Snooker Championship, McManus,in qualifying, beat one of India's rising stars Aditya Mehta 10-9, in an epic encounter that lasted just over 9 hours. He then defeated 1995 World finalist Nigel Bond 10-8 in the penultimate qualifying round. In the final qualifying round he led Tom Ford 5-4 after the first session, he then reeled off 5 of the next 6 frames of the second session to book his place at the crucible for the first time since 2006. At the venue, he lost to Ding Junhui 5-10, picking up £12,000 for his efforts.
An example of McManus's consistency as a snooker player is shown in the fact that his first whitewash of his professional career came in his 0-5 defeat to Peter Ebdon at the 1998 Grand Prix, his 312th match as a professional player.
At the start of the 2013/2014 Season, McManus was ranked 49th in the World Rankings. At the 2013 Wuxi Classic qualifiers, he won his qualifying match 5-3 against Daryl Hill, to qualify for the Last 64 of the event held in Wuxi. At the venue, he defeated Ken Doherty 5-3. At the first Asian Tour event, he defeated players such as Michael White, before beating local favorite Ding Junhui 4-2 in the Last 16. He then defeated Yu Delu 4-1 in the quarter-finals, in the semi-final, he lost to eventual winner Joe Perry 2-4, despite being 2-1 up.
McManus qualified for the inaugural Indian Open, beating amateur Sydney Wilson 4-1 in qualifying. He was then beaten 1-4 in the Last 64 by Zhang Anda. McManus followed up this result by qualifying for the International Championship by beating Darren Cook 6-0. He then defeated local wildcard Zhou Yuelong 6-5, coming back from 2-4 down. In the Last 64 he produced the shock of the tournament by beating defending champion Judd Trump 6-5, after being 3-4 down, however he was defeated 4-6 by Ryan Day in the following round.
McManus is an accomplished golfer, despite employing an unorthodox cross-handed grip. He supports Celtic and is a keen cricket fan. His favourite music includes U2 and Guns n' Roses. He occasionally commentates on snooker for Eurosport and itv4.
- Yahoo! Sport. 2009. Alan McManus. [Online] Yahoo! UK (Updated 2010) Available at: http://uk.yahoo.eurosport.com/snooker/person_prs28966.shtml [Accessed 19 February 2010].
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