September 14, 1994 |
|Highest ranking||96 (January–February 2013)|
|130 (as of 9 March 2014)|
|Career winnings||UK£ 200
|Highest break||104 (2012 APTC2)|
|Best ranking finish||Wildcard round (2011 Shanghai Masters, 2012 World Open)|
Hossein Vafaei Ayouri (Persian: حسین وفایی ایوری, born September 14, 1994 in Abadan, Iran) is an Iranian professional snooker player. He is the first and the only Iranian professional snooker player in the history of the game.
|IBSF World Snooker Championship|
|ACBS Asian Snooker Championship|
|ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship|
He participated in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in the snooker singles competition and reached the last 16. In December 2010, he participated in the World Amateur Snooker Championship and reached the last 16, where he lost 1-5 to Leo Fernandez.
In April 2011, he reached the final of ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship, but lost 3-7 to Cao Yupeng. In the end of April 2011, he participated in ACBS Asian Snooker Championship, however, he could not advance to the knock-out stage from the group stage. He competed in Group C, and finished fifth place with one win and three losses.
In September 2011, by received a wild-card to participate at the Shanghai Masters. But he could not advance to the first round as he lost 1–5 against Fergal O'Brien. On December 3, 2011, he won the World Amateur Snooker Championship by defeating Lee Walker 10–9 in the final. He won the title at the age of 17 years and 81 days, which made him the youngest ever winner of the World Amateur Snooker Championship. Before that, Ian Preece kept this record by winning the title at the age of 17 years and 147 days.
Vafaei received a wild-card to participate at the 2012 World Open, but lost in the wild-card round 2-5 against Mark King. In April 2012, he won ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship, by defeating Anda Zhang 6-2 in the final. Later in April 2012, he reached the semi-finals of ACBS Asian Snooker Championship, where he lost 3-6 to Aditya Mehta.
As announced in 20 March 2012, he got the permission to participate in 2012/2013 World Snooker Tour. However, due to visa problems he could only participate in the Six-red World Championship in Thailand, where he lost in the last 16 to Judd Trump, and APTC Event 2 in China, where he lost to Li Yuan in the last 64.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||UR||UR[nb 2]||97|
|Australian Goldfields Open||A||QR||A|
|Players Tour Championship Final||A||DNQ|
|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||#R||withdrew from the tournament
(QR = Qualifying round)
|NH / Not held||means an event was not held.|
|MR / Minor-ranking event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
|NR / Non-ranking event||means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking event||means an event is/was now a ranking event|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- "Issued after the Munich Open 2013 (ET6)" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- "Issued after the Betfair German Masters 2013" (PDF). World Snooker. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "Hossein Vafaei Ayouri - Season 2013/2014". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
- "VAFAEI AYOURI Hossein". Asian Games. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Hossein Set For Pro Tour
- Results of 2009 IBSF World Men's Under-21 Snooker Championship
- "Men's Snooker Singles Draw of the 16th Asian Games". Asian Games. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
- Results of 2101 IBSF World Men's Snooker Championship
- "Asian Championship 2011 - 12th Under-21 Snooker". Cue Sports India. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- 2011 Asian Snooker Championship
- "Shanghai Masters (2011)". WWW Snooker. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "Ayouri managed, retained the title in Asia". International Billiards and Snooker Federation. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
- "Results of 2011 IBSF World Men's Snooker Championship". International Billiards and Snooker Federation. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
- Turner, Chris. "Various Snooker Records". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- "2012 Haikou World Open draw and format". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "Haikou World Open (2012)". WWW Snooker. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- 13th Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship 2012
- 13th 2012 ACBS Asian Snooker Championship
- 2012/13 Tour Qualifying Criteria
- "Hossein Vafaei Ayouri 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- "Official player profile of Hossein Vafaei". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. "Players Alphabetical" section.
- Hossein Vafaei at CueTracker.net: Snooker Results and Statistic Database
- Player Profile on Pro Snooker Blog