23 April 1979 |
|4 (as of 9 March 2014)|
|Career winnings||UK£ 786,010
|Highest break||147 (2010 PTC3)|
Barry Hawkins (born 23 April 1979) is an English professional snooker player from Ditton in Kent. He turned professional in 1996, but only rose to prominence in the 2004/2005 snooker season, when he reached the last 16 of the 2004 UK Championship, the quarter-finals of the 2004 British Open, and the semi-finals of the 2005 Welsh Open. He has now spent eight successive seasons ranked inside the top 32. He reached his first ranking final and won his first ranking title at the 2012 Australian Goldfields Open.
Hawkins has played in the televised stages of every World Championship since he made his Crucible Theatre debut in 2006. He lost in the first round on his first five appearances, but reached the second round in 2011 and 2012. Rated an 80–1 outsider for the 2013 World Snooker Championship before the tournament began, he surprised many by defeating opponents including world number 1 Mark Selby and top Chinese player Ding Junhui to reach the final. Although he lost 12–18 in the final to defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, Hawkins earned praise for his determination and consistently high-quality snooker.
- 1 Career
- 2 Technique
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Performance and rankings timeline
- 5 Tournament wins
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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Before taking up snooker professionally he was an office clerk. He reached the Top 32 in the rankings in 2004/2005, having reached the semi-finals of 2005's Welsh Open, as well as the last sixteen of three other tournaments.
In 2005/2006, he reached the semi-finals of the Grand Prix and the Welsh Open again, and also beat the high-ranked Ding Junhui to qualify for the World Championship for the first time. This cemented Hawkins' place in the Top 16 of the rankings for the 2006/2007 season.
At the World Championship in Sheffield, however, Hawkins faced former Champion Ken Doherty in the first round, and in the intimidating Crucible Theatre lost 10–1. He told the BBC that "I just couldn't perform and I don't know why... I'm gutted after such a good season to have performed like that."
The 2006/2007 season saw Hawkins disappointed following two strong seasons. He reached the final of the non-ranking Kilkenny Irish Masters, however his only run past the last 16 in a ranking event was at the China Open, when he reached the semi-finals, again beating Ding along the way. He had one foot in his first final against Jamie Cope in the semi final, but Cope was able to obtain the snookers he needed to stay in the match and went on to win 6–5. A first-round defeat to Fergal O'Brien at the World Championship cost him his Top 16 place, and left him outside the Top 32 on the single-year rankings.
Early in the 2007/2008 season, Hawkins won the qualifying tournament for the 2008 SAGA Insurance Masters, beating Kurt Maflin. He won five other matches, also beating top-32 players Nigel Bond and Jamie Cope. He also reached the last 16 at the Grand Prix, UK Championship and China Open.
He started the 2008/2009 season with a quarter-final appearance at the 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy, by beating Jimmy White 5–3, Marco Fu 5–2 and Ryan Day 5–3 where he played Ronnie O'Sullivan, losing 5–4 after producing a brave fightback from 4–1 to level at 4–4. He then won at least his opening match in the next four ranking events, reaching the provisional top 16. He did not qualify for the events in Wales and China, but made it to the World Championship by beating Daniel Wells 10–9, but lost in the first round, finishing one place short of a return to the top 16.
From 2006–2010, Hawkins's record at the World Championship was unsuccessful, with a win–loss record of 0–5. As well as the aforementioned one-sided defeat to Doherty, Hawkins narrowly lost in the first round the following two years as well, to Fergal O'Brien and Ali Carter respectively. Coincidentally, on both occasions Hawkins lost by very close 10–9 defeats, having recovered from 9–6 behind each time. In 2009 Hawkins missed out on a chance to take his match with former champion Graeme Dott to a deciding frame, and lost 10–8. The following year, Hawkins led defending champion John Higgins 5–3 before Higgins won seven of the next eight frames to progress.
Hawkins qualified for the World Championship for the sixth year running, where he was drawn against Stephen Maguire in the first round. Having never won a match at the Crucible before, Hawkins led Maguire 4–0, 5–1, 6–2 and 8–4 before seeing Maguire level the match at 8–8 and then 9–9. However, Hawkins held his nerve in the deciding frame to finally end his losing run at the World Championship. In the second round, Hawkins was defeated 13–12 by world No. 11 Mark Allen.
Hawkins reached the PTC Finals in the 2011/2012 season largely thanks to semi-final runs in Event 3 and Event 5. He finished 22nd on the Order of Merit, inside the top 24 who qualified. In the Finals he lost in the first round 3–4 to Jack Lisowski. Hawkins won the non-ranking Snooker Shoot-Out, a tournament where the winner of each round is determined by a single 10-minute frame. He beat Graeme Dott in the final and picked up a cheque for £32,000, the biggest of his career to date.
Hawkins best run in the ranking events came in the final and biggest tournament of the season, the World Championship. He qualified by beating David Morris and was drawn to play world number one Mark Selby, who came into the event having suffered a neck injury and only declared himself fit to play one week before. Hawkins comfortably won 10–3 to face Matthew Stevens in the second round. He led 8–6 after two sessions in a bid to reach his first quarter-final at the Crucible, but had no answer to Stevens in the latter stages as he won seven of the last 10 frames to take the match 13–11. Hawkins finished the season ranked world number 22.
First ranking title
His next ranking event was the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo, where he defeated Xiao Guodong (5–1), Matthew Stevens (5–2), Matthew Selt (5–3), and Mark Davis (6–4) to reach the first ranking event final of his 16-year professional career. He faced Peter Ebdon and finished the first session of the match leading 5–3, which included a spell of four successive frames that meant Ebdon had not potted a ball for over an hour. In the evening session Hawkins won all four frames played to take the title with a 9–3 victory. He made three centuries in the final and climbed to world number 20 thanks to the win.
Despite then losing the in first round of the Shanghai Masters and in qualifying for the International Championship, Hawkins climbed into the top 16 in November meaning he would be in the main draw in the Masters for the first time since 2007. Neil Robertson beat him 6–2 in the UK Championship and in the Masters he was 5–4 up against Judd Trump but missed two pots when well placed to win the match and instead went to lose 5–6, a result which left Hawkins "devastated". He bounced back at the next ranking event, the German Masters, by seeing off Dechawat Poomjaeng 5–2, Mark Allen 5–1 and Mark Selby 5–1 to reach the semi-finals. He lost 4–6 to Marco Fu in a long match which finished after midnight local time and included a bout of safety which lasted almost an hour. Hawkins failed to get past the second round in the World Open, China Open or Welsh Open. He played in eight of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events with his best result being a semi-final defeat to Joe Swail in the first European Tour Event. Two further quarter-final defeats saw him finish 15th on the Order of Merit to qualify for the Finals, where he lost 1–4 to Robertson in the second round.
First World Championship final
At the World Championship, he put Jack Lisowski under sustained pressure with his superior safety game in a 10–3 win to face Mark Selby in the second round. Hawkins was 7–9 behind to the world number one after the second session but came back to triumph 13–10 in a win he described as the best of his career. In his first World Championship quarter-final he defeated Ding Junhui 13–7 to progress to the semi-finals, where he played Ricky Walden. Hawkins struggled for form during the first two sessions, playing some gritty snooker to trail only 6–8 with a high break of just 36 and received ironic cheers and a punch of the air from Hawkins when he made 47 in the next frame. He went on to fall 8–12 behind but then began to find his game, as Walden's deteriorated, to win eight successive frames with two centuries in the process. Despite a brief fightback from Walden, Hawkins won the match 17–14 to set up a clash in the final with defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, with Hawkins stating that he had nothing to lose now. Hawkins fought gallantly throughout the final making breaks of 127 and 133, his highest ever at the Crucible, but every time he applied pressure to his opponent, O'Sullivan responded with clinical scoring which included six century breaks and a further 10 breaks of 50 throughout the match as he defeated Hawkins 18–12. For reaching the final he received prize money of £125,000, three times more than his previous biggest pay-day. Hawkins' turnaround from being a solid player to a ranking event winner and World Championship runner-up has been credited, in part, to his work with 1979 champion Terry Griffiths who has helped to give him the self-belief to make the most of his game. His successful season saw him climb 13 spots in the rankings to a career high world number nine, the first time he has finished a season inside the top 16 since 2006.
Hawkins is left-handed but if he has to use rests, he switches the cue stick to his right hand for better handling. Additionally, it allows him to aim better because his right eye is his objective eye.
Hawkins has been with his partner Tara since 2001 and they were married in June 2012. In January 2009 they had their first child, a son named Harrison. Barry has stated that he initially found his love for snooker while playing in good friend Douglas K. Memery's house every weekend.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||UR[nb 2]||UR[nb 3]||UR[nb 3]||195[nb 3]||189||85||51||42||43||30||12||19||27||17||21||22||22||9|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 4]||Not held||Non-ranking||1R||2R|
|Australian Goldfields Open||Not held||LQ||W||2R|
|Shanghai Masters||Not held||LQ||1R||2R||LQ||LQ||1R||SF|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||1R|
|International Championship||Not held||LQ||2R|
|German Masters[nb 5]||LQ||A||NR||Not held||LQ||1R||SF||2R|
|World Open[nb 6]||LQ||A||A||A||LQ||QF||LQ||3R||2R||SF||RR||2R||1R||LQ||2R||1R||2R|
|Players Tour Championship Finals||Not held||DNQ||1R||2R|
|China Open[nb 7]||NH||NR||A||A||LQ||Not held||LQ||LQ||1R||SF||2R||LQ||1R||1R||1R||2R|
|Champion of Champions||Tournament Not Held||1R|
|Championship League||Not held||RR||RR||RR||A||SF||2R|
|Variant format tournaments|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Dubai Classic[nb 8]||LQ||Not held|
|Thailand Masters[nb 9]||LQ||A||A||A||LQ||1R||NR||Not held||NR||Not held|
|Scottish Open[nb 10]||LQ||A||A||A||LQ||3R||LQ||LQ||Not held||MR||NH|
|British Open||LQ||A||A||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||QF||Not held|
|Irish Masters||Non-ranking event||LQ||LQ||2R||NH||NR||Not held|
|Malta Cup[nb 11]||LQ||NH||A||Not held||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||2R||1R||NR||Not held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Not held||NR||2R||3R||QF||Not held|
|Bahrain Championship||Not held||QF||Not held|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Irish Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||Ranking event||NH||F||Not Held|
|Performance Table Legend|
|LQ||lost in the qualifying draw||#R||lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals|
|SF||lost in the semi–finals||F||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|
|DNQ||did not qualify for the tournament||A||did not participate in the tournament||WD||withdrew from the tournament|
|NH / Not Held||means an event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||means an event is/was a ranking event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- He was not on the Main Tour.
- The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
- The event was called the German Open (1996/1997–1997/1998)
- The event was called the Grand Prix (1996/1997–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)
- The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
- The event was called the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
- The event was called the Thailand Open (1996/1997)
- The event was called the International Open (1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
- The event was called the European Open (1996/1997, 2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Irish Open (1998/1999)