September 14, 1994 |
|Highest ranking||96 (January–February 2013)|
|128 (as of 11 August 2014)|
|Highest break||147 (IBSF World Under-21)|
|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. His attempts to travel to the United Kingdom to qualify for the major tournaments on the snooker calendar have so far been denied due to visa problems.
|IBSF World Snooker Championship|
|IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship|
|Champion||Al Fujairah, UAE||2014|
|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 was beaten 4–1 by Dechawat Poomjaeng the last 16. In December 2010, he played in the World Amateur Snooker Championship and reached the last 16, where he lost 5–1 to Leo Fernandez.
In April 2011, he reached the final of ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship, but lost 7–3 to Cao Yupeng. Later in the month he participated in ACBS Asian Snooker Championship, however, he could not advance past the group stage. He competed in Group C, and finished in fifth place with one win and three losses.
In September 2011, he received a wildcard to participate at the Shanghai Masters, but could not advance to the first round as he lost 5–1 against Fergal O'Brien. In December, 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 tournament, breaking Ian Preece's record.
Vafaei received a wildcard to participate at the 2012 World Open, but lost 5–2 against Mark King. In April 2012, he won ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship, by defeating Zhang Anda 6–2 in the final. He reached the semi-finals of ACBS Asian Snooker Championship, where he lost 6–3 to Aditya Mehta.
Attempt to turn professional
He received a main snooker tour card courtesy of his World Amateur win to participate in the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons. 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. It was a similar story in his second season as he only played in the World Games (lost 3–0 to Lu Haotian in the first round) and the Six-red World Championship (failed to advance beyond the group stage).
2014 IBSF World Under-21`s Championship
In May 2014, Vafaei qualified as the top seed of his group at the 2014 IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship by losing only one frame in the preliminary stage. He then beat Poland's Mateusz Baranowski 7–3 in the semi-finals, compiling the ever first 147 in the history of the tournament in the process. He won the title by defeating Josh Boileau 8–3 in the final.
Special dispensation for the 2014/15 season
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||UR||UR[nb 2]||97||126[nb 3]|
|Players Championship Grand Final[nb 4]||A||DNQ||A|
|Variant format tournaments|
|Six-red World Championship||NH||2R||RR|
|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.|
|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.
- Players qualified through special dispensation started the season without prize money ranking points.
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2011/2012–2012/2013)
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- 2011 Asian Snooker Championship
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- 13th Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship 2012
- "2012 Asian Snooker Championship". Cue Sports India. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- "The Tour 2012/2013 Season Provisional Qualifying Criteria". World Snooker. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
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- "Hossein Vafaei Ayouri 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- "Hossein hits the maximum". IBSF. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
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- "Tirapongpaiboon/Ayouri Tour Cards". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- "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